I am a Senior Lecturer in English Literature. I hold a PhD from the University of Cambridge, and before joining LJMU in 2016 I taught at Bilkent University in Ankara, at Cambridge, and in London. My main research and teaching interests are in twentieth- and twenty-first-century literature and culture, with particular emphases on contemporary British literature, postcolonial studies, modernist and postmodernist literature, film and adaptation studies, and theory. My book "Contemporary Fictions of Multiculturalism: Diversity and the Millennial London Novel" was published in 2014. This book analyses novels of the last three decades that explore ethnic and cultural diversity in London. My work has also appeared in publications such as the Journal of Commonwealth Literature, The Journal of Postcolonial Writing, The Journal for Cultural Research, The Dictionary of Literary Biography, The Literary Encyclopedia, and a number of edited collections. I am currently writing a book on Andrea Levy for Manchester University Press, and am also working on a project that relates to screen adaptations of contemporary transnational fiction. I have appeared on local and national radio, and have written for the Guardian's Higher Education Network.
I teach a number of different modules at LJMU, and am the module leader for 'Literary and Cultural Theory' and 'Migrants to the Screen'. I welcome enquiries from students considering doctoral research in any of my areas of interest.
2011, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom, PhD English Literature
2006, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, United Kingdom, MA (Distinction) in Twentieth-Century and Contemporary Literature
2004, University of East Anglia, Norwich, United Kingdom, BA (First Class) in English Literature
Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in English Literature, Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, 2016 - present
Assistant Professor of English Literature, Bilkent University, Ankara, 2014 - 2016
Supervisor (part time), University of Cambridge, 2007 - 2012
Perfect M. 2021. Monica Ali Bradford R. The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Contemporary British and Irish Literature :471-480 Wiley-Blackwell. The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Contemporary British and Irish Literature 9781119099796 DOI Author Url Publisher Url
Perfect M. 2016. “He wished to defend a country that wasn’t his”: British Subjects and Servicemen in Andrea Levy’s Small Island and Zadie Smith’s White Teeth Rau P. Long Shadows: The Second World War in British Fiction and Film :241-262 Northwestern University Press. Evanston 978-0-8101-3335-8 Author Url Publisher Url
Perfect M. 2015. The Enigma of Abandonment: Re-thinking the Importance of Hanif Kureishi’s Work for Multiculturalism Fischer SA. Hanif Kureishi: Contemporary Critical Perspectives :7-20 Bloomsbury. London 9781472513342 Author Url Publisher Url
Perfect M. 2015. Reluctant Fundamentalist, Eager Host? Cross-cultural Hospitality and Security Anxieties in Mohsin Hamid's Novel of Uncertainty Clapp J, Ridge E. Security and Hospitality: New Literary and Cultural Perspectives :190-205 Routledge. London 9781138915848 Author Url Publisher Url
Perfect M. 2014. Existing in more than one plane of time: Memory and Narrative Form in Every Light in the House Burnin’ Baxter J, James D. Andrea Levy: Contemporary Critical Perspectives :39-52 Bloomsbury. London 9781441113603 Author Url Publisher Url
Perfect M. Some Unsung Songs: Andrea Levy’s Late, Unpublished Work ariel: A Review of International English Literature, Author Url
Perfect M. 2013. Review of Colombino, Laura, Spatial Politics in Contemporary London Literature: Writing Architecture and the Body (Oxford: Routledge, 2013) The Literary London Journal, 10: 2 Author Url Publisher Url Public Url
Other invited event:
Celebrating Andrea Levy, The British Library; Leeds Lit Fest (virtual event), Public event celebrating the life and work of Andrea Levy. Hosted by the British Library, and part of Leeds Lit Fest 2021. https://www.bl.uk/events/celebrating-andrea-levy. 2021
Searching for Culture, Palacky University, Czech Republic, Invited talk given on adaptation studies. 2015
Research Grants Awarded:
BA/Leverhulme Small Research Grant, Levy’s Legacy, Grant value (£): £6805, Duration of research project: Two years. 2020
AHRC Doctoral Research Scholarship, "Celebrated Fictions of Multicultural London of the 1990s and 2000s", Grant value (£): Approx. £50,000, Duration of research project: Three years. 2006
"'Black holes in the fabric of the nation': Refugees in Mohsin Hamid’s Exit West", Refugees in Literature, Film, Art, and Media: Perspectives on the Past and Present, University of Liverpool, Oral presentation. 2018
"Midnight’s Children Reborn? Rushdie’s Adaptation", BAAHE Annual Conference on Adaptation, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Oral presentation. 2015
"Commitment Issues: Love and Relationships in Zadie Smith’s NW", Literary London, University of London, Oral presentation. 2015
"'Let us stick to what we are obviously here for': Infidelity and Identity in Zadie Smith’s Fiction’.", Zadie Smith and Her Work: 22nd METU British Novelists Conference, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Oral presentation. 2015
"A Memory of Modernism? A Modernism of Memory? Form in Will Self’s 'Umbrella'", Will Self and the Art of the Contemporary, Roehampton University, Oral presentation. 2013
"The Enigma of Abandonment: Re-thinking the Importance of Hanif Kureishi’s Work for Multiculturalism", In Analysis: The Work of Hanif Kureishi, Roehampton University, Oral presentation. 2012
"Multicultural London in Zadie Smith’s 'White Teeth': a Celebration of Unpredictability and Uncertainty?", Literary London, University of London, Oral presentation. 2011
"The Democratization of Narrative Structure in Andrea Levy's Fiction", On Whose Terms? Critical Negotiations in Black British Literature and the Arts’, Goldsmiths, University of London, Oral presentation. 2008
Membership of professional bodies:
Fellow, Higher Education Academy. 2017
PhD Thesis Committee, Ankara University, PhD Thesis Committee Member for a doctoral thesis being written on twentieth-century British drama and censorship. 2015
PhD Thesis Committee, Middle East Technical University, Member of the PhD Thesis Committee for a doctoral thesis being written on eighteenth-century British fiction and trauma theory. 2015
Interview given on BBC Radio 5 Live on academic dissertations, October 2018.
Interview given on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire on Monica Ali's novel 'Brick Lane', May 2008.
Interview given on BBC Radio Merseyside on Andrea Levy and Windrush, October 2018.