Prof Felicity Hand

Prof Hand is senior lecturer in the English Department of the Autonomous University of Barcelona. She teaches post-colonial literature and history and culture of Britain and the United States. She has published on various Indian, Mauritian, East and South African writers including M.G.Vassanji, Abdulrazak Gurnah and Lindsey Collen. She is the head of the research group Ratnakara http://grupsderecerca.uab.cat/ratnakara which explores the literatures and cultures of the South West Indian Ocean. The group’s current project, financed by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness, has revealed the communal self as a key factor in the functionality of our theoretical paradigm, the aesthetics of remembering. In an attempt to shed light on the centrality of the community in the process of identity formation, in our next project we will concentrate on those texts that portray the life of a community as opposed to a single individual and thus continue to highlight once more the rhizomatic essence of the Indian Ocean cultural geography. Felicity is also the editor of the electronic journal Indi@logs. Spanish Journal of India Studies.

Her most recent publications include:
“Narrative Empathy in Dr. Goonam’s Coolie Doctor and Zubeida Jaffer’s Our Generation”, Life Writing, DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14484528.2018.1426969 (online and forthcoming in print)

“‘Picking Up the Crumbs of England’: East African Asians in Yasmin Alibhai-Brown’s Autobiographies”, The Journal of Commonwealth Literature, Vol. 53, Issue 1, 2018, pp 61-77.
Relations and Networks in South African Indian Writing, Leiden & Boston: Brill Rodopi, 2018 (co-editor with Esther Pujolràs-Noguer)