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Anne Wetherilt

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I am currently a part-time PhD student in the Department of English.  Previously, I completed a Masters in English, also with the Open University.  I also hold a PhD in economics and have worked for many years in public policy.

Research Interests

My thesis – provisionally entitled ‘Decolonisation and the Middlebrow Novel’ – examines the work of women writers, who witnessed the end of British rule in India, Malaya and East Africa.  A key focus of the thesis is to examine how women writers used narrative features of the middlebrow novel to engage metropolitan readers in a debate on the politics of decolonisation.

My broader interests span postcolonial and global literatures, Cold War fiction and middlebrow culture more generally.


Anne Wetherilt (2021): Emergency politics and the middlebrow novel: A comparative analysis of Han Suyin’s ... and the Rain my Drink and Mary McMinnies’s The Flying Fox, Journal of Postcolonial Writing, DOI: 10.1080/17449855.2021.1894685

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