School of Languages, Linguistics and Film

Dr Ben Holgate, MA (Research), MCom (Sydney), DPhil (Oxon)


Leverhulme Early Career Fellow

Room Number: Graduate Centre 607


I joined QMUL’s Department of Comparative Literature in September 2018 as a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow. Previously, I was an Associate Lecturer in the Department of English and Related Literature at the University of York. My Leverhulme research project is interdisciplinary, combining literary criticism and economics. It investigates how contemporary world literature critiques the nature of money in the digital age and ways in which ‘virtual’ finance has fundamentally transformed modern life and culture. I have a background in media and finance, and hold a Doctor of Philosophy in English from the University of Oxford. Click here to read about my monograph, Climate and Crises: Magical Realism as Environmental Discourse (Routledge, 2019).


Research Interests:

World literature, contemporary Chinese literature, contemporary Anglophone literature, magical realism, ecocriticism, economics, digital humanities, postcolonial studies, critical theory.


Climate and Crises: Magical Realism as Environmental Discourse. London and New York: Routledge, 2019
Book Chapters
“The Fear of Solitude: How Marketing Makes Real Magic.” In The Global Histories of Books: Methodologies and Practices. Edited by Elleke Boehmer, Rouven Kunstmann, Priyasha Mukhopadhyay and Asha Rogers, 297-317. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017.
“Greening a Narrative Mode: Antipodean Magical Realism and Ecocriticism in Richard Flanagan’s Fiction.” In Richard Flanagan: Critical Essays. Edited by Robert Dixon, 43-58. Sydney: Sydney University Press, 2018.
“The Calcutta Chromosome in a Magical Realism Course.” In Approaches to Teaching the Works of Amitav Ghosh. Edited by Gaurav Desai and John Hawley, 160-65. New York: Modern Language Association of America, 2019.
“Magical Realism in East Asia.” In Magical Realism and Literature. Edited by Christopher Warnes and Kim Anderson Sasser. Cambridge University Press (forthcoming).
Journal Articles
“Developing Magical Realism’s Irony in Gould’s Book of Fish.” JASAL (Journal of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature) 14.5 (2014). Online.
“Unsettling Narratives: Re-evaluating Magical Realism as Postcolonial Discourse through Alexis Wright’s Carpentaria and The Swan Book.” Journal of Postcolonial Writing 51.6 (2015): 634-647.