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Rachel is the author of Epistolarity and World Literature, 1980-2010 (Palgrave Macmillan). She has published a wide range of articles, book chapters and interviews on contemporary poetry, fiction and postcolonial literature. She has co-edited three special issues of academic journals: ‘Materials of African Literatures’ (The Cambridge Quarterly, 2020); ‘Tony Harrison: International Man of Letters’ (English Studies, 2018) and ‘Crafts of World Literature’ (Journal of Commonwealth Literature, 2014). She is currently writing a book about the relations between poets in Northern England and Nigeria in the 1950s and 60s (Routledge), funded by the Leverhulme Trust. Rachel has a PhD in English from the University of Cambridge and she reviews regularly for various journals and magazines, including Stand Magazine and Wasafiri.

“Theoretically bold and unafraid to make compelling aesthetic judgments, Epistolarity and World Literature is among those rare and valuable books that make a serious attempt to overcome the gap between close reading and historical context, between formal structure and social structure, literary object and literary field.” (Professor Nicholas Brown, University of Illinois at Chicago, USA)

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