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Dr Michael Perfect

Dr Michael Perfect

Telephone: 0151 231 3083


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 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 teach a number of different modules at LJMU and am currently the module leader for Literary and Cultural Theory.


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

Academic appointments

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


Highlighted publications

Perfect M. 2014. Contemporary Fictions of Multiculturalism: Diversity and the Millennial London Novel Palgrave Macmillan. Basingstoke 9781137307118 >Link


Perfect M. 2018. Andrea Levy: Contemporary World Writers Manchester University Press. Manchester >Link

Perfect M. 2014. Contemporary Fictions of Multiculturalism: Diversity and the Millennial London Novel Palgrave Macmillan. Basingstoke 9781137307118 >Link


Perfect M. 2016. Salman Rushdie: Haroun and the Sea of Stories >Link

Perfect M. 2012. Don DeLillo: Underworld >Link

Perfect M. 2010. Andrea Levy: Small Island >Link

Perfect M. 2009. Andrea Levy >Link


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 >Link

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 >Link

Perfect M. 2015. Salman Rushdie Ue T. Dictionary of Literary Biography 377: Twenty-first Century British Novelists 377 :258-283 Gale. Farmington, MI 9780787696528 >Link

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 >Link

Perfect M. 2015. Lives of Pi: on Turning Booker Prizes into Academy Awards Flajšarová P, Flajšar J. Anglophone Culture Across Centuries and Borders :51-61 University of Palacky Press. Olomouc >Link

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 >Link

Book review

Perfect M. 2015. Review of Sadiakli, Tamim, Dear Infidel (London: Hansib, 2014) The Literary London Journal, 12: 1-2 >Link

Perfect M. 2015. Review of Davison, Sarah, Modernist Literatures (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014) The Literary London Journal, 12: 1-2 >Link

Perfect M. 2015. Review of Flajsavora, Pavlina, Diaspora in the Fiction of Andrea Levy (Olomouc: Palacky University, 2014) Journal of Postcolonial Writing, 51: 6 :752-753 >Link

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 >Link

Internet publication

Perfect M. 2014. Studying for a humanities PhD can make you feel cut off from humanity >Link

Journal article

Perfect M. 2010. “Fold the paper and pass it on”: Historical Silences and the Contrapuntal in Andrea Levy’s Fiction Journal of Postcolonial Writing, 46: 1 :31-41 >Link

Perfect M. 2008. The Multicultural Bildungsroman: Stereotypes in Monica Ali’s Brick Lane Journal of Commonwealth Literature, 43: 3 :109-120 >DOI >Link

Engagement & Impact

Conference presentation:

"'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 17/05/2018

"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

"Multicultural London in Zadie Smith’s 'White Teeth': a Celebration of Unpredictability and Uncertainty?", Literary London, University of London, Oral presentation

"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

"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

"'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

"Commitment Issues: Love and Relationships in Zadie Smith’s NW", Literary London, University of London, Oral presentation

"Midnight’s Children Reborn? Rushdie’s Adaptation", BAAHE Annual Conference on Adaptation, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Oral presentation

External committees:

PhD Thesis Committee, Ankara University, PhD Thesis Committee Member for a doctoral thesis being written on twentieth-century British drama and censorship.

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.

Media Coverage:

Interview given on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire on Monica Ali's novel 'Brick Lane', May 2008.

Membership of professional bodies:

Fellow, Higher Education Academy

Other invited event:

Searching for Culture, Palacky University, Czech Republic, Invited talk given on adaptation studies.

Research Grants Awarded:

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