Emma Barnes

School of Arts and Media

Photo of Emma Barnes

Current positions

Lecturer in Nineteenth-Century and World Literatures


Emma is a Lecturer in Nineteenth-Century and World Literatures within the English department and is also Knowledge Exchange Fellow for the School of Arts, Media and Creative Technology. Emma completed her AHRC-funded PhD entitled 'Plants, Animals, Land: More-than-Human Relations and Gendered Survivance in Early Indigenous Women's Writing' in 2021, and has since worked as a Research Assistant on the AHRC-funded project 'South African Modernism 1880-2020'. 


I teach on the following modules:


  • Narrative, Fiction and the Novel (Level 4)
  • Theory and Practice (Level 4)
  • Victorian Literature (Level 5)
  • Gender, Race and Empire at the fin de siècle (Level 5)
  • Modernism (Level 6)
  • Postcolonial African Literatures (Level 6)


  • Theory, Text, Writing (Level 7)
  • Regional and World Literatures (Level 7)
  • Writing Sex and Gender (Level 7)

Module leader

  • Victorian Literature: Progress and Panic (Level 5)
  • Regional and World Literature (Level 7)
  • Introduction to Literary Theory (Level 3)

Research Interests

My research is committed to amplifying the voices of Indigenous women and foregrounding gendered resistance to settler colonialism through early Indigenous women’s writing. In particular, I research the gendered and environmental impacts of settler colonialism and explore how literature imagines how humans and animals can co-resist the intersecting structures of colonialism, capitalism, and patriarchy. I am also interested in how early Indigenous writing can transform our understanding of climate change temporalities, and the role of Indigenous women in leading climate change responses.

Qualifications and Memberships


  • BA (Hons) English Literature and Language, University of Salford
  • MA Literature, Modernity and Culture, University of Salford
  • (Ongoing) AHRC-funded PhD in English Literature: ‘Plants, Animals, Land: More-than-human Relations and Gendered Survivance in Early Indigenous Women’s Writing’, University of Salford


  • Northern Postcolonial Network