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School of English and Drama

Cathie Jayakumar-Hazra


English Teaching Associate



I am a Teaching Associate and a PhD candidate at Queen Mary. I research the topic of loneliness and melancholy in the work of Caryl Phillips and in British-Caribbean literature through the prism of French critical theory, philosophy and psychoanalysis.

I have read English and received an MA in English Literature at the University of Paris La Sorbonne. I also hold an MA in American Literature and in Education. 

Follow me on Twitter: @CJayakumarH


Reading, Theory, Interpretation module (ESH102)


Public Engagement

  • “I have no faith in the civilizing power of the English”: Poetics of intimacy and the emergence of the diasporic self in Caryl Phillips’s ‘A View of the Empire at Sunset’. Conference ‘Afterempire?: the contested history of decolonization, migration and race in modern Britain. University of Leeds, December 13th-14th  2018. 
  • ‘I heard a drum beating on the far bank of the river: seascapes, soundscapes and the reframing of historiography in Caryl Phillips’s Crossing the River. Conference New Voices in Postcolonial Studies: Interdisciplinary Imaginations, Critical Confrontations, University of Leeds, June 13th 2019. 
  • “One shouldn’t feel ashamed of one’s history: one should just take responsibility for it”: reparative history and praxis in Caryl Phillips’s work of fiction and non-fiction. Conference New Postcolonial Concerns, University of Cambridge, June,  15th 2019. 
  • ‘Never again would she be renamed’: decolonial feminist struggles in James Baldwin’s If Beale Street Could Talk and Caryl Phillips’s Crossing the River. 43rd Society of Caribbean Studies Annual Conference, Institute of Black Atlantic Research, University of Central Lancashire, Preston , UK, 3rd-5th of July 2019.
  • Online doctoral conference:  Vulnerabilità e resilienza. Voci e pratiche dai margini Vulnerability and resilience: Voices and practices from the margins. Conference held on 17, 18, 19 March 2021 with the paper ‘There is no companionship in despair’: loneliness and melancholy in Caryl Phillips’s The Lost Child. 
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