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Dr Filippo Menozzi

Dr Filippo Menozzi

Telephone: 0151 231 3061



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


Journal article

Menozzi F. 2019. Fingerprinting: Imtiaz Dharker and the Antinomies of Migrant Subjectivity College Literature, DOI Public Url

Menozzi F. 2018. Think Another Time: Rosa Luxemburg and the Concept of History New Formations: A Journal of Culture, Theory, Politics, 94 :7-22 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Menozzi F. 2018. “Too Much Blood for Good Literature”: Arundhati Roy’s The Ministry of Utmost Happiness and the Question of Realism Journal of Postcolonial Writing, DOI Public Url

Menozzi F. 2016. Graphics of the multitude: reading figure and text in Drawing from the City South Asian Popular Culture, :1-12 DOI Public Url

Menozzi F. 2016. Beyond the rhetoric of belonging: Arundhati Roy and the dalit perspective Asiatic, 10 :66-80 Public Url

Menozzi F. 2015. Tracking Down Ruins: Anita Desai and the Ethics of Postcolonial Writing Journal of Postcolonial Writing, DOI Public Url

Menozzi F. 2015. Fanon's Letter Between Psychiatry and Anticolonial Commitment INTERVENTIONS-INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF POSTCOLONIAL STUDIES, 17 :360-377 DOI Author Url 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

Menozzi F. Inheriting Marx: Daniel Bensaïd, Ernst Bloch and the Discordance of Time Historical Materialism: research in critical Marxist theory, DOI Public Url

Editorial/letter to the editor

Menozzi F. 2018. Introduction: Transmitting Rosa Luxemburg New Formations: A Journal of Culture, Theory, Politics, DOI

Book review

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

Internet publication

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

Conference presentation:

Time, Marx, Populism, 15th Annual Historical Materialism Conference, School of Oriental and African Studies, London, Oral presentation. 2018

Editorial boards:

Postcolonial Text, Section Editor, 2016

Cogent Art & Humanities, Editor, 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