Dr. Jade Munslow Ong

School of Arts and Media

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Contact Details

Crescent House Room 200B

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Current positions

Reader in English Literature


I completed my BA, MA and PhD at the University of Manchester. I joined the University of Salford in 2013.

I currently hold an AHRC Early-Career Research Fellowship for a project entitled South African Modernism 1880-2020, which will run until March 2024.

I am also a BBC / AHRC New Generation Thinker (2022) and appear regularly on BBC Radio 3, including the Modernism around the World and South African writing programmes.

Areas of research

Olive Schreiner and her circles, fin de siècle literatures and cultures, colonial and postcolonial texts and contexts (particularly from Southern Africa), world literature; postcolonial ecocriticism, animals and the environment in literature, African modernism; gender and sexuality in nineteenth- and twentieth-century literature and culture


As module convenor: World Literature and the Environment (level 5); Post/colonial African Literatures (level 6); Dissertations (level 6); Writing Sex and Gender (MA).

Teaching: Discovering Literature (level 4); Victorian Literature (level 5); Female Gothic (level 5); Theory, Text, Writing (MA); Regional and World Literatures (MA); Professional Practice (MA); Dissertations (MA).

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

Research Interests

My research interests combine three overlapping areas: global modernisms, empire and the postcolonial; animals and the environment in world literature; and political radicalism in creative communities. Most of my work to date has focused on these issues in relation to Olive Schreiner (2014, 2017, 2018, 2021) and other Southern African writers (2020), though I have also addressed these concerns in relation to Rwandan graphic novels (2016) and the early fiction of H.G. Wells (2019).

I am Principal Investigator on a three-year AHRC-funded research project (Jan 2021-Mar 2024) that aims to examine South African literary modernism and its connections from the nineteenth century to the present day. As part of this project, I have published articles on Virginia Woolf reading Olive Schreiner (2022), and decolonising the English Literature A-Level (2021). I am currently working on a co-edited collection with project Co-I, Prof Andrew van der Vlies, titled Olive Schreiner in the World: Contemporaries and Legacies (forthcoming with Edinburgh University Press, 2023), and a monograph, tentatively entitled South African Bloomsbury.

I am also working on a co-authored book with Matthew Whittle titled Global Literature and the Environment: Twenty-First Century Perspectives (forthcoming with Routledge, 2023). 

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
  • College of Expert Reviewers for the European Science Foundation
  • Co-founder and Co-organiser of the Northern Postcolonial Network
  • Member of the Postcolonial Studies Association; Association for the Study of Literature and Environment UK and Ireland; Africa-Europe Group for Interdisciplinary Studies (AEGIS) Collaborative Research Group: African Literatures