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Dr Maryam Mirza

Associate Professor

Associate Professor in the Department of English Studies


Academic Bio

I am Associate Professor of South Asian Literature. I received my PhD from Aix-Marseille University in 2012 and joined Durham University in September 2018. I have held an Alexander von Humboldt Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Bonn as well as a BeIPD-COFUND Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Liege. I was also the recipient of a Charles Wallace Pakistan Trust Visiting Fellowship which was held at Newcastle University. I have taught at several universities and colleges in Pakistan, including Kinnaird College for Women and the National College of Arts, Lahore.

Office Hour (2023/2024):

11 am -12 noon, Fridays via Zoom.

Please email for an appointment.


ER 266, Elvet Riverside 2

Telephone: +44 (0) 1913344335


My research interests lie at the intersection of South Asian postcolonial literature, gender studies, sociology, political philosophy and economics.

My second monograph entitled Resistance and Its Discontents in South Asian Women's Fiction was published by Manchester University Press in August 2023; it explores the theme of resistance through the lens of Anglophone fiction by contemporary writers such as Arundhati Roy, Kamila Shamsie, Manju Kapur, Tahmima Anam, Jhumpa Lahiri, and Meena Kandasamy.

Alongside Dr Stuti Khanna (IIT Delhi), I am currently working on a book entitled South Asian Literature: Twenty-First Century Perspectives (under contract with Routledge UK). This book aims to brings anglophone writings from India and Pakistan in sustained conversation with contemporary works in the Hindi and Urdu languages.

Teaching (2023/2024):

I am convening the Level 3 'Resistance in South Asian Postcolonial Literature' module and 'The Partition of India: Creative Responses' MA module in 2023/2024.

I also lecture on the Introduction to the Novel, Post-war Fiction and Poetry, and Postcolonial and World Literatures modules.


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