Dr Filippo Menozzi

Humanities and Social Science

Lecturer in Postcolonial and World Literature at Liverpool John Moores University | PhD University of Kent 2013 | Research Interests: world literature, critical theory, Marxism, postcolonial studies | LJMU Individual Teaching Excellence Award and Vice-Chancellor’s Medal 2019

Key publications:


“In his superb book World Literature, Non-Synchronism, and the Politics of Time, Filippo Menozzi repositions the idea of non-synchronism in the materialist tradition beyond both teleology and relativism. Menozzi’s book is a crucial contribution to the current discussions on time, globalization, post-colonial studies, and world literature. Menozzi brilliantly shows not only how non-synchronism characterizes the unevenness of the social whole in capitalist globalization but also how it can constitute a new way of thinking emancipatory politics.” (Professor Massimiliano Tomba, University of California Santa Cruz, USA)

“What is the relation between capital and literature, even more precisely between world literature and the capitalist world market? Joining a lively Marxist debate on the temporal structures of capitalism, Filippo Menozzi uses the notion of non-synchronism to tackle these questions. World literature becomes in this book a register of the heterogeneous constitution of capital’s time, which allows describing its regime of domination while at the same time shedding light on unexpected potentialities of liberation. This is a remarkable book, a must-read for scholars of literature and a challenging work for anyone interested in a critical understanding of capitalism.”
(Professor Sandro Mezzadra, University of Bologna, Italy)

Drawing on a Marxist concept of world literature, this book is a study of the manipulations of time in contemporary anglophone fiction from Africa and South Asia. Through critical work and literary reading, this research explores the times other than the present that seem to haunt an era of capitalist globalisation: nostalgic feelings about bygone ideals of identity and community, appeals to Golden Ages, returns of the repressed and anxious anticipations of global extinction and catastrophe. The term non-synchronism explored in this book captures these dislocations of the present, while offering a critical lens to grasp the politics of time of an era marked by the continuing expansion of capitalist modernity. Most importantly, non-synchronism is a dialectical paradigm charged with antagonistic political valences. The literary analysis presented in the volume hence connects the literary manipulation of time to discourses on extinction, accumulation, nostalgia, modernity and survival in global politics and literature.


"An absorbing and thoughtful study of the ethics of postcolonial intellectualism, superbly researched and subtly argued." (Professor Neil Lazarus, University of Warwick)

This book engages with current developments in postcolonial research, exploring notions of cultural transmission, tradition and modernity, authenticity, cross-cultural aesthetics and postcolonial ethics. The author considers the ethical responsibility of the postcolonial intellectual, enhancing our understanding of this topic through the concept of custodianship, which may be defined as a responsibility towards the other in forms of cultural and literary inheritance. The author introduces custodianship as a central theme and a vital question for the committed intellectual today, proposing original interpretations of major postcolonial texts by key figures including Anita Desai, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Mahasweta Devi and Arundhati Roy. Through close reading and historical analysis, Postcolonial Custodianship reveals that a practice of custodianship has always been an essential element of these writers’ ethical engagement, yet in a way that has never been explored. The author contends that the question of custodianship should not be seen as a merely negative designation; it is by redefining the very meaning of custodianship that the ethical dimension of postcolonialism can be rediscovered.


2013, University of Kent, United Kingdom, PhD

Highlighted publications

Menozzi F. 2020. World Literature, Non-Synchronism, and the Politics of Time Palgrave Macmillan 9783030416973 DOI Publisher Url

Menozzi F. 2014. Postcolonial Custodianship: Cultural and Literary Inheritance Routledge 978-0415735650 DOI

Journal article

Menozzi F. 2021. Ernst Bloch and the Subject of Orientalism Textual Practice, DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Menozzi F. 2021. Marxism in plural times: Decolonising subsumption Rethinking Marxism: a journal of economics, culture and society, 33 :111-133 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Menozzi F. 2020. Blue Sublime and the Time of Capital Humanities, 9 DOI Publisher Url

Menozzi F. 2019. Inheriting Marx: Daniel Bensaïd, Ernst Bloch and the Discordance of Time Historical Materialism: research in critical Marxist theory, DOI Author Url Public Url

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

Parry B. 2018. Perspectives on Rosa Luxemburg 2 New Formations, 94 :49-61 DOI

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


Bahri D, Menozzi F. 2021. Teaching Anglophone South Asian Women Writers Modern Language Association of America 9781603294898

Menozzi F. 2020. World Literature, Non-Synchronism, and the Politics of Time Palgrave Macmillan 9783030416973 DOI Publisher Url

Menozzi F. 2014. Postcolonial Custodianship: Cultural and Literary Inheritance Routledge 978-0415735650 DOI

Menozzi F, Kemal B, Mushakavanhu T. 2013. Visa Stories Experiences Between Law and Migration Cambridge Scholars Pub 9781443848428

Internet publication

Menozzi F. 2020. Militant optimism: a state of mind that can help us find hope in dark times Publisher Url Public Url

Menozzi F. 2015. From migrant to citizen: reimagining democracy in the European Union Publisher 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. Uncommon Alliances by Natasa Kovacevic Postcolonial Text, 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. The art of the custodian Wasafiri, 30 :29-34 DOI

Other invited event:

“Il Bianco e il Nero” (Anti-racism event in Milan Italy), Casa della Memoria, Milan (Italy), Public talk on the meaning of “decolonisation” during an anti-racism event in Milan (in Italian). https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=3D9x_2_DUMI. 2019

Other Professional Activity:

Decolonising the Curriculum Workshop, Sheffield Hallam University. Featuring presentations by postgraduate student Christinna Hobbs and undergraduate students Bethany Wade and Emma Oudheusden.. 2018

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/.

Editorial boards:

Postcolonial Text, Section Editor, http://postcolonial.org/index.php/pct/index. 2016