Professor Corinne Fowler

Professor of Postcolonial Literature


Professor Corinne Fowler is an expert in the legacies of colonialism to heritage, literature, and representations of British history. Corinne created ‘Colonial Countryside: National Trust Houses Reinterpreted’, a child-led history and writing project funded by Arts Council England and the Heritage Lottery Fund. The project involves school children visiting country houses and telling the colonial stories of the properties and the people involved in their histories to reflect the evidence and perspectives that are often overlooked.

Children, teachers and writers are drawing on historical evidence to transform our collective view of Britain’s colonial countryside and to highlight the forgotten black and Asian rural presence during the times of empire.

In 2019, Professor Fowler was seconded to the National Trust to help lay the foundations for new approaches to training, interpretation and programming about country houses’ colonial connections. As part of this secondment she co-authored the National Trust report on its properties' connections with colonialism. 


I am currently writing a book called Green Unpleasant Land: Creative Responses to Britain's Historical Black Presence. I also have an interest in Afghanistan. My monograph, Chasing Tales: travel writing, journalism and the history of ideas about Afghanistan (2007), investigates the legacy of traumatic Anglo-Afghan encounter to contemporary travel narratives, ethnography and journalism.

I was director of an Arts Council-funded project called 'Grassroutes: Contemporary Leicestershire Writing' (2011-12), which promotes critical engagement with transcultural writing from Leicestershire.

Several publications have also arisen from my research on an AHRC-funded project called 'Moving Manchester', for which I conducted interviews with creative writers and created an online catalogue of creative writing. I recently curated an exhibition entitled 'Writing Manchester: literature in the city since 1960', which aimed to promote the work of independent and community publishers.

I've also published a number of short stories and co-edited a volume called Travel Writing and Ethics: Theory and Practice (Routledge, 2013), containing essays by scholars of postcolonial theory and travel writing.


'Revisiting Mansfield Park: The Critical and Literary Legacies of Edward W. Said's Essay 'Jane Austen and Empire' in Culture and Imperialism (1993)', Cambridge Journal of Postcolonial Literary Inquiry 3.2 (2017): 362-381

'The Rural Turn in Contemporary Writing by Black and Asian Britons', Interventions 19.3 (2016): 395-415

'The Poetics and Politics of Spoken Word Poetry' in The Cambridge Companion to Black British Writing, ed. Deirdre Osborne (Cambridge University Press, 2015)

'Travel and Ethics' in The Routledge Companion to Travel Writing, ed. Carl Thompson (Routledge, 2015)

Postcolonial Manchester: Devolved Literary Cultures (Manchester University Press, 2013), with Lynne Pearce

Co-editor, with Charles Forsdick and Ludmilla Kostova, Travel Writing and Ethics. Theory and Practice (Routledge, 2013)

'Carers Cruising Cumbria and Meals on the Mile: Migrants in Fieldwork and Fiction', Mobilities 7.2 (2012): 295-315, with Sondra Cuban

'Fiction and Affect: Anglophone Travel Writing and the Case of Paraguay' in Travel Writing and Ethics. Theory and Practice, ed. Charles Forsdick, Corinne Fowler and Ludmilla Kostova (Routledge, 2012)

Migration Stories ed. by Corinne Fowler, Muli Amaye and Martin de Mello (Crocus Books, 2009)

Chasing Tales. Travel Writing, Journalism and the History of British Ideas about Afghanistan (Rodopi, 2007)


I would welcome postgraduate students with research interests in any of the following:

  • Afghanistan
  • British Black and British Asian literary cultures
  • Country houses' colonial connections
  • Creative-critical and critical-creative writing
  • Creative writing (fiction)
  • Regional writing and publishing
  • Rural racism
  • Travel writing


  • EN1010 Reading English
  • EN1020 The Novel
  • EN2060 Concepts in Criticism
  • EN3161 Postcolonial Afghanistan: From the Great Game to the War on Terror
  • EN3162 Harem and Hijab: Writing about Women in Islam 1716-Present
  • EN1025 and EN1035: An Introduction to Writing Creatively

Press and media

'Project to link Stately homes to Caribbean' radio spot on BBC Radio Leicester (27 March 2018)

'Was Emily Bront—Ď’s Heathcliff black?' The Conversation (25 October 2017)


BA MA, University of Leeds

PhD, University of Stirling

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