Gail Low

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Senior Lecturer in English

Research Interests

Research Interests

Gail Low's research interests include:

  • Post-war British cultural history and literature
  • Publishing history - especially:
    • metropolitan publishing of Anglophone West African and Caribbean writers in the postwar period
    • educational publishing and geography of the book
  • Publishers Series (African Writers Series, Three Crowns Series, Hutchinson New Authors)
  • Black British writing

AHRC funded studentships are available in Gail's research area - more details




Publishing the Postcolonial: Anglophone West African and Caribbean Writing in the UK, 1950 - 1967 (London: Routledge, 2010), 200 pp.

A Black British Canon?, ed. by Gail Low and Marion Wynne-Davies (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2006), xiii + 213 pp.

White Skins/Black Masks: Representation and Colonialism (London: Routledge, 1996), xi + 299 pp.

Articles & Book Chapters

'An Educational Empire of Print: Thomas Nelson and the West Indian Readers', in Within Without Empire, ed. by Carla Sassi and TheoVan Heijnsbergen (Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, in press).

'Helen Oyeyemi', in British Writers Supplement XVIII, ed. by Jay Parini (Charles Scribner and Sons, 2012).

'Reading the Reader: William Plomer at Jonathan Cape', in Postcolonial Audiences ed. by Bethan Benwell, James Procter and Gemma Robinson (New York and London: Routledge, 2012).

'Local and Metropolitan Publishing', in A Routledge Companion to Anglophone Caribbean Literatures, ed. by Michael Bucknor and Alison Donnell (New York and London: Routledge, 2011).

'Chris Cleave', in British Writers, ed. by Jay Parini (Charles Scribner and Sons, 2010).

'Publishing Histories', in A Concise Companion to Postcolonial Literature, ed. by Shirley Chew and David Richards (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010), 204-228.

'"To make bountiful our minds in an England starved of gold": Reading The Counting House', in No Land No Mother: Essays on David Dabydeen, ed. by Kampta Karran and Lynne Macedo (Leeds: Peepal Tree Press, 2007).

'The Natural Artist: Publishing Amos Tutuola's The Palm-Wine Drinkard in Postwar Britain', Research into African Literatures 37:4 (Winter 2006), 15-33

'Streets, Rooms and Residents: The Urban Uncanny and the Poetics of Space in Harold Pinter, Sam Selvon, Colin MacInnes and George Lamming', in Landscape and Empire, 1800-2000, ed. by Glenn Hooper (Aldershot: Ashgate Press, 2005), pp. 159-176.

'Writing Off Centre: Establishing Commonwealth Literature in the UK, Moving Worlds 4(1), 2004

'Caryl Phillips', in World Writers in English: Volume 2, ed. by Jay Parini (New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 2003), pp. 515-533. [ISBN 0-684-31290-5]

'Jamaica Kincaid's Annie John', in Literature and its Times, Supplement 1, Part 2, ed. by Joyce Moss (Detroit; London: Gale, 2003), pp. 19-28.

'In Pursuit of Publishing: The Case of Heinemann Educational and the African Writers' Series', Wasafiri, 37 (Winter 2002) 31-35

'Finding the Centre: Publishing Commonwealth Writing in London - The Case of Anglophone Caribbean Writing 1950-65', Journal of Commonwealth Literature, 37:2 (2002) 21-38

'Publishing Commonwealth: The Case of West Indian Writing, 1950-651', EnterText 2:1 (2002)

'Postcolonial Studies', in The Edinburgh Encyclopedia of Modern Criticism and Theory, ed. by Julian Wolfreys (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2002), pp. 784-791.

Entries on Dennis Ferdinand, Bernadette Evaristo and Joanne Traynor, in Companion to Contemporary Black British Culture, ed. by Alison Donnell (London; New York: Routledge, 2001), pp. 94-5; pp. 108; pp. 309.

'Fred D'Aguiar', in Contemporary Novelists, ed. by Josh Lauer and Neil Schlager, 7th edn (New York: St James Press, 2000).

'Crossing Boundaries: Rethinking/teaching Identity', in Transformations: Thinking Through Feminism, ed. by Sara Ahmed and others (London: Routledge, 2000), pp. 159-172.

'Separate Spheres?: Representing London Through Women in Recent Black British Fiction', Kunapipi, 21:2 (1999), 23-31

'The Memory of Slavery in Fred D'Aguiar's Feeding the Ghosts', in Post-Colonial Literatures: Expanding the Canon, ed. by Deborah L Masden (London; Sterling, VA: Pluto Press, 1999), pp. 104-119.

'The Difficulty of Difference', in Literary Theories, ed. by Julian Wolfreys (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1999), pp. 463-473.

'Loafers and Storytellers', in Literary Theories, ed. by Julian Wolfreys (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1999), pp. 481-498.

'A Chorus of Common Memory: Slavery and Redemption in Caryl Phillips's Cambridge and Crossing the River', Research into African Literatures, 29:4 (Winter 1998), 121-140

'The Dis/embodiment of Culture: The Migrant in V S Naipaul and Bharati Mukherjee', in Contemporary Writing and National Identity, ed. by Tracey Hill and William Hughes (Bath: Sulis Press, 1995), pp. 112-20.

'Post-Colonial/Post-Modern: The Fiction of Bharati Mukherjee', Women, 4 (Spring 1993), 8-17.

'His Stories?: Narratives and Images of Empire', in Space and Place: Theories of Identity and Location, ed. by James Donald and Erica Carter (London: Lawrence and Wishart, 1993).

Entries on Klaus Theweleit/Male Fantasies, Rider Haggard, W T Stead and The Contagious Diseases Acts, in The Sexual Imagination from Acker to Zola: A Feminist Companion, ed. by Harriet Gilbert (London: Cape, 1993), pp. 106, pp. 245-6, pp. 62-3.

'White Skins/Black Masks: The Pleasures and Politics of Imperialism', New Formations, 9 (Winter 1989), 83-103
[Also anthologised in 'White Skins/Black Masks...']

'His Stories?: Narratives and Images of Empire', New Formations, 12 (Winter 1990), 97-123
[Also anthologised in 'White Skins/Black Masks...']

Grants Awards Conferences

Research Grants and Awards

  • Carnegie Trust, April 2011- 2012, Independent Publishers in the UK: £2,200
  • Scottish Universities Insight Institute project grant: 'Independent Publishing: Making and Preserving Culture in the Global Literary Marketplace' (Jan- December 2011): £25,000 in partnership with Universities of Stirling and Reading
  • AHRC Replacement Leave Scheme 2008, Publishing the Postcolonial: £28,001
  • Scottish Arts Council - Triangular Traffic Slavery and the Archive, 2007: £4,000
  • Henry Ransom Center Visiting Fellowship (Austin Texas), 2007-8: 6,000
  • (Collaborative) Royal Society of Edinburgh Workshop Grant, 2007-8: £10,000
  • English Subject Centre Project Grant 2007: £1,000
  • Carnegie Trust Travel Grant 2007: £2,500
  • Leverhulme Fellowship between 2000-2002: £13,330
  • British Academy Small Research Grants 2000-2001: £4,667

Conferences Organised

  • Scottish Universities Insight Institute, University of Strathclyde, 23 August 2011: 'Cultural Policy and Independent Publishing'
  • Scottish Universities Insight Institute, University of Strathclyde, 23-24 June 2011: 'Globalisation and Independent Publishing'
  • Scottish Universities Insight Institute, University of Strathclyde, 9-10 June 2011: 'Digital Technologies and Independent Publishing'
  • University of Dundee, 12 December 2008: 'Archives and Publics'
  • University of Dundee, 13 March 2008: 'Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Archive'
  • University of Dundee, 2-3 November, 2007: 'A Triangular Traffic: Literature Slavery and the Archive'
  • University of Dundee, 23 October 2004: 'Black British: Interventions, Critiques and Canons'
  • University of Dundee, 22 October, 2004: 'Caribbean Research Seminar in the North'
  • University of Dundee, 10 November 2001: 'A Black British Canon?'