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Professor Carl Plasa

BA (Oxon); MA, PhD (Southampton)

Professor

School of English, Communication and Philosophy

Email:
plasa@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 5013
Location:
2.13, John Percival Building, Colum Drive, Cardiff, CF10 3EU

I am part of the School's English Literature and Critical and Cultural Theory research groups.

I am currently a Professor of English Literature at Cardiff, having worked previously at the Universities of Manchester and Cork.

2018

2017

2015

2014

2013

2012

2010

  • Plasa, C. 2010. Saccharographies. In: Emig, R. and Lindner, O. eds. Commodifying (Post)Colonialism: Othering, Reification, Commodification and the New Literatures and Cultures in English.. Cross/cultures Vol. 127. Amsterdam: Rodopi, pp. 41-61.

2009

2008

2007

2005

2004

  • Plasa, C. 2004. Charlotte Brontë.. Critical Issues. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

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1991

My teaching portfolio includes first-year lectures on Transforming Visions: Text and Image, together with second- and third-year modules on African American literature and on the literary and visual representation of British Caribbean slavery, respectively. I also teach an MA option entitled Postcolonial Brontë.

I am currently working on a monograph entitled Enduring Images: Contemporary Literature and the Art of the Slave Trade for publication by Edinburgh University Press as part of its “Critical Studies in Atlantic Literatures and Cultures” series. The book’s core consists of five chapters, covering a wide array of post-1990 literary responses to five well-known paintings and prints relating to the trade, all produced between c.1780 and 1840. By analysing this rich body of work, the monograph develops current scholarship on the slave trade’s visual archive, which has hitherto tended to approach it either historically or in terms of how it has been reinterpreted by visual artists, but less often with regard to how it has been taken up in contemporary literature.

Research interests

  • Literary and visual representations of slavery
  • African American literature
  • Caribbean literature

I would welcome applications from students working in any of my main research areas:

  • Literary and visual representations of slavery
  • African American literature
  • Caribbean literature

Additional areas in which I offer supervision are:

  • Charlotte Brontë
  • Afred, Lord Tennyson

Past projects

I have supervised the successful completion of some fourteen PhDs to date, across a wide array of topics ranging from the Harlem Renaissance to Richard Wright and from Dickens and empire to Wordsworthian legacies in Victorian poetry.