Dave Gunning

Colleges, School and Institutes


I joined the University of Birmingham in 2007, having previously held a lectureship in Postcolonial Literature at the University of Leeds.

Research interests

My current research includes work on the essay as political form, the nature and development of the postcolonial Bildungsroman, and the novel as space of sanctuary: linking these is a concern with how formal innovation allows for political and ethical exploration.

Willingness to take PhD students


PhD projects

I welcome applications for PhD study in the area of 21st-century Anglophone literature.

Current and former PhD supervisions in which I’ve been involved include:

A micro-history of black Handsworth
Local and global identities in the contemporary Irish novel
Arab-American Drama
Narrative and Identity in the fiction of Kazuo Ishiguro
Feminisms in the New Nigerian Novel
The marketing of mixed-race identity in British publishing
Gender Politics in expatriate Arabian Gulf fiction
Douglas Coupland and the transnational
Derek Walcott and the pastoral mode
Contemporary Caribbean Poetics
The textual spaces of Afropolitanism