I am a Lecturer in Postcolonial and World Literature. After a PhD in Postcolonial Studies from the University of Kent, I joined Liverpool John Moores University where I lead modules in postcolonial literature, migration writing and world literature. My first monograph, Postcolonial Custodianship: Cultural and Literary Inheritance (Routledge 2014) engages with influential writers and critics, such as Arundhati Roy and Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, in order to rethink the figure of the postcolonial intellectual. I propose the term “custodianship” as an ethical subject able to go beyond both nativism and cultural appropriation.
After completing my first monograph, I developed my research interests in postcolonial and world literature, migration studies, critical theory and Marxism. I have guest-edited and contributed to a special issue of the journal New Formations on Rosa Luxemburg and the Postcolonial Condition (featuring contributions by Benita Parry, Stephen Morton, Peter Hudis and Paul LeBlanc among others), and authored works on Frantz Fanon, Arundhati Roy, Anita Desai, and migration studies in journals such as College Literature, Interventions, Wasafiri, ARIEL and the Journal of Postcolonial Writing. I am now section editor of the journal Postcolonial Text and, with Deepika Bahri, co-editor of a project on South Asian literature for the Publications of the Modern Language Association. I am currently at work on my second monograph under contract for publication in the prestigious Palgrave New Comparisons in World Literature series, edited by Neil Lazarus and Pablo Mukherjee.
Alongside my main research, I have been engaged in solidarity with migrants and refugees by organising activities on “Visa Stories: Experiences between Law and Migration” in collaboration with Kent Refugee Help in 2011-2013, and I am now co-organising a conference titled ‘Representing Disembarkation: Migrations, Arrivals, Territories’ in collaboration with the University of Naples L’Orientale (Italy). My teaching philosophy is driven by the politics of decolonising the curriculum and, at LJMU, I have been nominated and shortlisted for a Liverpool Student Union Amazing Teacher Award. In 2019, I have been awarded an Individual Teaching Excellence Award and Vice-Chancellor’s Medal.
2013, University of Kent, United Kingdom, PhD
Menozzi F. 2016. Beyond the rhetoric of belonging: Arundhati Roy and the dalit perspective Asiatic, 10 :66-80 Public Url
Menozzi F. 2013. Invasive Species and the Territorial Machine: Shifting Interfaces between Ecology and the Postcolonial ariel: a review of international english literature, 44 :181-204 DOI
Editorial/letter to the editor
Menozzi F. 2018. Introduction: Transmitting Rosa Luxemburg New Formations: A Journal of Culture, Theory, Politics, DOI
Menozzi F. 2018. Intimate Class Acts: Friendship and Desire in Indian and Pakistani Women’s Fiction By Maryam Mirza Oxford University Press, 2016, 224 pp. The Cambridge Journal of Postcolonial Literary Inquiry, 5 :137-138 DOI Publisher Url Public Url
Menozzi F. 2018. Ethics at the Border: Transmitting Migrant Experiences Winchock D, Decker J. Borderlands and Liminal Subjects: Transgressing the Limits in Philosophy and Literature Palgrave Macmillan DOI
Menozzi F. 2016. Unlocking history: Postcolonial ethics and the critique of neoliberalism The Postcolonial World :461-475 9781138778078 DOI
Menozzi F. 2013. Contrapuntal beauty and the betrayal of representation: Jean Genet after Shatila The Ethics of Representation in Literature, Art, and Journalism: Transnational Responses to the Siege of Beirut :135-148 9780203078211 DOI
Menozzi F. 2015. From migrant to citizen: reimagining democracy in the European Union Publisher Url
Menozzi F. 2015. The art of the custodian Wasafiri, 30 :29-34 DOI
Menozzi F. 2014. Postcolonial Custodianship: Cultural and Literary Inheritance Routledge 978-0415735650 DOI
Menozzi F, Kemal B, Mushakavanhu T. Visa Stories Experiences Between Law and Migration Cambridge Scholars Pub 9781443848428
Engagement & Impact
Time, Marx, Populism, 15th Annual Historical Materialism Conference, School of Oriental and African Studies, London, Oral presentation. 2018
Postcolonial Text, Section Editor, http://postcolonial.org/index.php/pct/index. 2016
Cogent Art & Humanities, Editor, http://cogentoa.tandfonline.com/page/aboutJournal?journalCode=oaah20. 2015
Membership of professional bodies:
member, MLA Modern Language Association of America. 2014
Other Professional Activity:
Co-organiser of project for MLA (Modern Language Association of America): Teaching Anglophone South Asian Women's Writing https://teachingsouthasia.mla.hcommons.org/about-this-volume/.