Maggie Bowers
  • Burnaby Road, Milldam

    PO1 3AS Portsmouth

    United Kingdom

Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

Magical Realism
Native American and First Nations Writing
World Literature
Anti/Postcolonial/Decolonial Writing
Canadian Literature
Multi-ethnic American Literature

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Personal profile


My studies and research are within the fields of postcolonial and North American writing. Having focussed my undergraduate studies on American literature, I specialised in Canadian women's writing for my MA and then multi-ethnic women's writing for my Phd. I had taught at the University of Kent and the University of Antwerp before coming to Portsmouth. I have also worked for Wasafiri (the journal for international contemporary writing) and the European Commission. I have published on magical realism, Indian women's writing in English, African American women's writing, Asian American writing, and Native American writing. I have a particular interest in the intersections of narrative form, ritualistic and political aspects of literature. 

Research Interests

My specialism is the field of multi-ethnic, cross-cultural and transnational writing of North America and Britain with a particular focus on narrative strategies. I have published articles on African American writing, Native American writing and comparative studies of Asian diasporic literature in America, Canada and Britain. I am the author of Routledge’s New Critical Idiom volume Magic(al) Realism and a co-editor of the multi-lingual postcolonial volume Convergences and Interferences. I am currently working on the link between Native American writing, legal discourse and orality. I am a founding member of the 'Imaginary Europes' research group, investigating European ideologies from non-European perspectives. I am also developing ideas concerning magical realism and the physical arts.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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