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Charlotte Spear

Languages and Literature, University of Warwick

Thesis title:

Locating the Human: World-Literature and the Concept of Rights

Research Area

  • Comparative Literature
  • Languages and Literature


(Forthcoming) ‘Though they have eyes [they] cannot see’: Political Blindness, Contemporary Literature and the Legibility of CrisisMLR 118.1. January 2023.


May 2021: “Rethinking Registration: Reading the Modern World-System through the Contemporary Refugee Novel”, Regeneration, University of Glasgow

May 2022: "‘This is a dead place, a place for dying’: Petrofictions and the Aesthetics of Human Rights Activism", Adversity and Creativity: African Literature, Film, Media and Public Discourse, African Literature Association

May 2022: "Where is the “post” in “postcolonial”? Human rights in the “Age of Crisis”", Warwick English Postgraduate Symposium, University of Warwick

June 2022: “Defining a Space for Women’s Rights: World-Literature and the Aesthetics of Combined Unevenness”, Women in World(-)Literature, University of Warwick

Nov 2022: "The Literature of Post-Disaster Reconstruction: Haiti and Narratives of Re-Imagination", British Comparative Literature Association PG and ECR Conference: New Pathways in Comparative and World Literature, Queens University Belfast

Other Research Interests

Disaster Studies, Environmental Humanities, Gender Studies


African Literature Association

British Comparative Literature Association