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Dr Jade Munslow Ong

Lecturer in English Literature (Nineteenth Century)



I completed my BA, MA and PhD at the University of Manchester. I joined the University of Salford as a temporary lecturer in 2013 and was appointed as Lecturer in English Literature (Nineteenth Century) in 2014.


I currently convene and teach Victorian Literature (level 5); Gender, Race and Empire at the fin de siècle (level 5) and Post/colonial African Literatures (level 6).

I also contribute to teaching on the following modules: Popular Fiction (level 4); The Romantic Period (level 5); Theory, Text, Writing (MA), Regional and World Literatures (MA), and supervise undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations.

I am currently supervising PhD theses on Victorian and global literatures, and would welcome applications relating to any of my research interests.

Research Interests

My research interests include Olive Schreiner and her circle; fin de siècle literatures and cultures; colonial and postcolonial texts and contexts (particularly from Southern Africa); postcolonial theory; postcolonial ecocriticism; animals and the environment in literature; African modernism; political radicalism in creative communities; and gender and sexuality in nineteenth- and twentieth-century literature and culture.

Qualifications and Memberships

BA Hons English Literature and Language
Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice
MA English and American Studies
PhD English Literature
Higher Education Academy Fellow
Co-founder and Co-organiser of the Northern Postcolonial Network
Member of the British Association for Victorian Studies, Postcolonial Studies Association, Association for the Study of Literature and Environment UK and Ireland




Olive Schreiner and African Modernism: Allegory, Empire and Postcolonial Writing (London and New York: Routledge, 2018)

Forthcoming (with Matthew Whittle): Global Literature and the Environment: Twenty-First Century Perspectives (London and New York: Routledge, 2021)


‘Allegory and Animals in Olive Schreiner’s Undine: A Queer Little Child (1929)’, Journal of Postcolonial Writing, 53.4 (Oct 2017), 401-13

‘“I’m only a dog!”: The Rwandan Genocide, Dehumanisation and the Graphic Novel’, Journal of Commonwealth Literature, 51.2 (June 2016), 211-25

‘Dream Time and Anti-Imperialism in the Writings of Olive Schreiner’, Journal of Postcolonial Writing, 50.6 (December 2014), 704-16


Book Chapters

‘Imperial Ecologies and Extinction in H.G. Wells’s Island Stories’ in Victorian Environmental Nightmares, ed. by Laurence Mazzeno and Ronald Morrison (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2019)



Special issue co-editor with Veronica Barnsley and Matthew Whittle of Journal of Commonwealth Literature ‘Postcolonial Environments: Animals, Ecologies, Localities’, 51.2 (June 2016) including ‘Editor’s Note’, 190-91   


Sanja Nivesjö and Heidi Barends, ‘Current Perspectives on Olive Schreiner’s From Man to Man or Perhaps Only – interviews with Angelo Fick, Jade Munslow Ong and Valerie Stevens’, Journal of Commonwealth Literature [online first]



Forthcoming: Entries on ‘Nadine Gordimer, The Pickup’ and ‘Nadine Gordimer, The Serpent’s Tail’, The Literary Encyclopedia, ed. by Robert Clark et
Entries on ‘Chronotope’, ‘Fragment’, ‘Global Modernisms’, ‘Race’ and ‘The Woman Question’, in A Dictionary of Modernism, ed. by Vassiliki Kolocotroni and Olga Taxidou (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2018)
Entries on ‘Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, “Can the Subaltern Speak?”’ and ‘Thomas Mokopu  Mofolo’, The Literary Encyclopedia, ed. by Robert Clark et  (Jan 2014)
‘Olive Schreiner (1855-1920)’, The Yellow Nineties Online, ed. by Dennis Denisoff and Lorraine Janzen Kooistra (Ryerson University)

I have published review essays with Wasafiri, Journal of Postcolonial Writing, English Literature in Transition 1880-1920, English Studies, Literature and History, and New Formations.