Golnar Nabizadeh

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Lecturer in English



Golnar Nabizadeh joined the University of Dundee as Lecturer in Comics Studies in September 2016. Her research focuses on comics and visual studies and particularly on representations of trauma, migration, and memory in these fields. Golnar received her PhD in English and Cultural Studies from The University of Western Australia, and has a monograph forthcoming with Routledge entitled Representation and Memory in Graphic Novels.





Representation and Memory in Graphic Novels (Forthcoming monograph, Routledge)


Articles and Book Chapters


“Communities at Risk?: Belonging and Memory in Blue by Pat Grant”. Textual Practice. Special Issue on ‘Fiction in the Age of Risk’ (forthcoming, 2017)


 “Vision and Precarity in Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis”. WSQ: Women’s Studies Quarterly 44.1/2(2016): pp. 152–167.


“Comics Online: Detention and White-Space in ‘A Guard’s Story’”. ARIEL: A Review of International English Literature (2016): pp.


“’If This Is Such a Great Country, Why Haven’t We Heard of Their Football Team?’ Configuring Identity and Belonging in Lucky Miles by Michael James Rowland. Occasion 10 (2016) http://arcade.stanford.edu/occasion-issues


“Migrating Wests: Geographic Forms and Cultural Mediations”. Eds Golnar Nabizadeh and Aaron Nyerges. Special issue of Occasion 10 (2016) http://arcade.stanford.edu/occasion-issues


“Of Rabbits and Men: After-Images of E. Philips Fox’s ‘Landing of Cook at Botany Bay, 1770’”. Adaptation 9.1 (2015): pp. 35–45.


 “Visual Melancholy in Shaun Tan’s The Arrival”. Eds Mel Gibson, Golnar Nabizadeh and Kay Sambell. Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics 5.3 (2014): pp. 366–379.


“Watch This Space: Childhood, Picturebooks, and Comics”. Eds Mel Gibson, Golnar Nabizadeh and Kay Sambell. Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics 5.3 (2014): pp. 241- 244.


“Going Places: Praxis and Pedagogy in Australian Cultural Studies.” Co-author Rebecca Rey. Cultural Studies Review 17.2 (2011): pp. 49–70.


Law and Literature. Ed Kieran Dolin. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Chapter 17: “Trauma, Narrative and Literary or Legal Justice” (forthcoming).


The Social Work of Narrative: Human Rights and the Cultural Imaginary. Eds Philip Mead and Gareth Griffiths. Leiden: Brill/Columbia University Press. Chapter with Ned Curthoys: “Joe Sacco’s Palestine and the Politics of Memory” (forthcoming).


Mapping Generations of Traumatic Memory in American Trauma Narratives. Eds DanaMihailescu, Roxana Oltean, Mihaela Precup. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2014. pp. 171–190. Chapter: “The Afterlife of Images:Archives and Intergenerational Trauma in Autobiographic Comics”.


Postcolonial Gateways and Walls: Under Construction. Eds Daria Tunca and Janet Wilson. Amsterdam: Brill/Rodopi, 2016.Chapter: “An Ethics of Mourning: Loss and Transnational Dynamics in The Shadow Lines by Amitav Ghosh”.


Encyclopedia Entries


Entries on “Comics in Australia”. and “Marjane Satrapi” for Encyclopaedia of World Comics: Manga, Anime, Tintin, and more comics from around the globe. Eds Frederick Luis Aldama and ChristopherGonzález. ABC-CLIO (forthcoming).


Entries on “Marginality” and “Edward Said”, Blackwell Encyclopaedia of Postcolonial Studies. Eds Sangeeta Ray and Henry Schwarz. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell, 2016.



Research Activities

  • Online Articles and Interviews


“Hinting at the Contours, Rather than the Thing Itself: An Interview with Shaun Tan” (2015). Stanford University – Research Group on Collective Trauma and Healing. https://traumaandhealing.stanford.edu/interview-shaun-tan.


“Seeing the Unseen: the stories that comics help us recognise” (2015). The Conversation. theconversation.com


 “Interview with Shaun Tan”. Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics 5.3 (2014): pp. 361-365.


 “White Space and the Digital Interface”. Birkbeck, University of London. Centre for Contemporary Literature. www.ccl.bbk.ac.uk/white-space-and-the-digital-interface/.