Dr Anna Hartnell
BA (Sheffield), MA, PhD (London)
Senior Lecturer in Contemporary Literature
I was appointed to Birkbeck in 2010, having worked in the American and Canadian Studies Department at the University of Birmingham for the previous three years.
My research has focused primarily on contemporary literary and cultural constructions of ‘America’, and has been particularly concerned with the ways in which the national narrative is articulated in relation to race and religion, as well as its intersections with postcoloniality and globalization. I am also interested in postcolonial and diasporic literatures more broadly, as well as literary and cultural responses to ‘the contemporary’, particularly perceived moments of rupture and crisis.