Dr William Ghosh

I work on the literature and intellectual history of Britain and the Caribbean in the twentieth century. I am interested in comparative literature, critical theory, linguistics, and literary form. My first book, V.S. Naipaul, Caribbean Writing, and Caribbean Thought will be published by OUP in 2020. 

At the moment, I'm working on two projects. I'm writing a short book about the British writer Penelope Fitzgerald (1916-2000), and beginning a project about Caribbean poetry and poetics, centring on Una Marson, Derek Walcott, Kamau Brathwaite, and NourbeSe Philip. 

Recent publications include: 

'The Formalist Genesis of Postcolonial Reading: Brathwaite, Bhabha, and A House for Mr BiswasEnglish Literary History 84.3 (2017)

'Caribbean Travel and the "Realistic Shock": From Lamming to Condé' Research in African Literatures 50.2 (2019)

'The Rhetoric of Sara Suleri' Journal of Postcolonial Writing 56.1 (2020). 




At Jesus I teach on Prelims Paper 1b (Approaches to Literature); Paper 3 (Literatures in English 1830-1910); and Paper 4 (Literatures in English 1910-Present). For the faculty I lecture, supervise dissertations, and occasionally convene Paper 6 Special Options in areas related to my research interests. I contribute to teaching on the World Literature and 1900-Present MSt strands.