Alison Donnell Research

AHRC Research Fellowship, Caribbean Queer

One of only seven fellowships awarded by the AHRC. The awarded fellows will undertake focused individual research projects alongside research leadership development, training and engagement activities which have the potential to generate impact within academia and beyond.

In recent years, some of the most urgent and highly-charged public and political debates in the Anglophone Caribbean have centred on sexual citizenship, but what has received little attention to date is how literary works might provoke a transformational understanding of sexual desire and dissidence in their turbulent constructions of Caribbean subjectivity. My fellowship will result in a monograph that reads across a century of writings by a wide range of Caribbean writers to issue a locally-sensitive discussion of sexuality that will also develop through regional engagement with workshops in Jamaica and Trinidad. ell-alisondonnell-conference

See also: 'Caribbean Queer: New Meetings of Place and the Possible in Shani Mootoo's Valmiki's Daughter' in Contemporary Women's Writing DOI: 10.1093/cwwrit/vps024

A recent address at

Diasporic Archives, Leverhulme International Network

I am part of a group of researchers from the Modern Languages and English Departments who have secured funding from the Leverhulme Trust to undertake a three year project to promote the preservation of, and access to, literary archives held worldwide.

'Breaking Sexual Silences': A British Academy/Associated Commonwealth University Collaboration with Professor Evelyn O'Callaghan of the University of the West Indies, Barbados, looked at more positive representations of sexual self-determination and sexual diversity in modern Caribbean culture that challenge the acute homophobia of the dancehall.

'Independent Publishing: Making and Preserving Culture in a Global Literary Marketplace': Scottish Insight Institute Project with Dr Gail Low (Dundee), Dr Andrew Nash (Reading) and Professor Claire Squires (Stirling) examined the opportunities and challenges of the global literary marketplace for small and independent publishers, what can be learned from examples from larger publishing groups and how linkages between key stakeholders can be achieved in the creation of new markets. The project also addresses the role of digital technologies and looks at how small and independent publishers can successfully negotiate competing cultural, aesthetic, political and communicative demands, how publishing can best be supported through public and private policy initiatives and how an effective book culture, incorporating writers and readers as well as others in the book chain, can be sustained and developed.

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