Emma Barnes

School of Arts and Media

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Contact Details

Current positions

Lecturer in Nineteenth-Century and World Literatures


I completed my BA and MA at the University of Salford before beginning an AHRC-funded PhD project, ‘Plants, Animals, Land: More-than-human Relations and Gendered Survivance in Early Indigenous Women’s Writing’ at the University of Salford in 2017. In January 2021 I started my role of Research Assistant as part of the AHRC project South African Modernism 1880-2020, and commenced my role as Lecturer in July 2021. 


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)

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


Book chapter: ‘Then after a while my heart is sick for you, like you are my own boy, like I am your own mother’: Indigenous Mother-work as Colonial Resistance in Tekahionwake’s ‘Catharine of the “Crow’s Nest”’ (1910)’ in Marginalized Women and Work in 20th- and 21st-Century British and American Literature and Media (ed. Hediye Ӧzkan, Vernon Press, 2021) (In Press)

‘Rudyard Kipling: The Jungle Books’, The Literary Encyclopedia,