Dr Veronica Barnsley

Lecturer in Twentieth and Twenty-first Century Literature


Jessop West
1 Upper Hanover Street
S3 7RA


I joined the School of English at Sheffield as a University Teacher in September 2014 and was appointed as Lecturer in September 2015. I completed my PhD on Colonial and Postcolonial Indian Literature in 2013 and have taught at the Universities of Manchester and Salford and worked as a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Leeds.


My primary research interests are in colonial and postcolonial literatures from India and Africa, with a particular focus on alternative and global modernisms and writing interested in children, youth and development.

I am currently completing the manuscript of my first monograph, Postcolonial Children: Infancy and Development in South Asian Fiction in English. The book considers the figure of the child in fiction that deals with anti-colonial activism, Indian independence and the postcolonial state, looking at writers including Mulk Raj Anand, R.K. Narayan, Attia Hosain, Shashi Deshpande and Nadeem Aslam.

I am also beginning a new project called ‘Youth and Health in Postcolonial Literatures: India, Nigeria, South Africa’, a comparative analysis of the concept of youth that seeks to make connections between Postcolonial Studies and the growing field of Medical Humanities.

I am a founding member of The Northern Postcolonial Network, which supports knowledge exchange and networking amongst scholars working on postcolonial topics across the north of England and organisations and community groups with intersecting interests.

We build sustainable relationships with groups and communities through research, public engagement and creative workshops in which we can explore issues including migration, asylum, human rights and inclusive pedagogy. Details of our past events and future activities can be found here.

I am a member of The British Association of Modernist Studies, the Modernist Studies Association and the Postcolonial Studies Association.


In the 2015/16 academic year I will teach on the following courses

  • Lit107 Studying Prose
  • Lit204 Criticism and Literary Theory
  • Lit303 Contemporary Literature
  • Lit302 Modern Literature

I am currently developing a module on Postcolonial Literatures that I hope will run in 2016/17.


I am currently supervising work on motherhood in the writing of Katherine Mansfield. I would welcome enquiries about projects analysing childhood or youth and/or the concept of development more broadly in Indian or African literatures or interested in modernism in a colonial/global context.


  • ‘The Postcolonial Child in Benh Zeitlin’s Beasts of the Southern Wild’. The Journal of Commonwealth Literature. Forthcoming March 2016.
  • ‘From Hindustan to Flanders Fields: Kipling’s Imperial Boys and World War I’. Special issue of First World War Studies. Ed. Stacy Gillis and Emma Short. Forthcoming 2015
  • ‘Anticipatory anti-colonial writing: R.K. Narayan’s Swami and Friends and Mulk Raj Anand’s Untouchable’. Journal of Postcolonial Writing 50.6 (2014)
  • ‘Review Essay: The Child/The Future’. Feminist Theory, 11.3 (2010), pp. 323-330
  • Rev. of Clare Barker’s Postcolonial Fiction and Disability: Exceptional Children, Metaphor and Materiality. Journal of Postcolonial Writing 50.4 (2014), pp. 496-497. DOI:10.1080/17449855.2014.885156
  • Rev. of Elizabeth Jackson’s Feminism and Contemporary Indian Women’s Writing. Women: A Cultural Review, 23.1 (2012), pp. 111-113
Online publications
Editorial work
  • Co-editor (with Matthew Whittle and Jade Munslow Ong) of a special issue of The Journal of Commonwealth Literature on ‘Postcolonial Environments: Animals, Ecologies, Localities’. Forthcoming 2015