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Devon Campbell-Hall

Dr Devon Campbell-Hall

Course Leader

Faculty of Business, Law and Digital Technologies

023 8201 6344 ext. 6344 Room no. JM222


Dr Devon Campbell-Hall is an energetic, transatlantic lecturer who loves every aspect of teaching literature. She completed a PhD entitled 'Writing Asian Britain in Contemporary Anglophone Literature' at the University of Winchester, where she also earned an MA in English: Contemporary Literature. Her BA in English is from Chapman University in California. She was a key contributor to the development of Solent University's English degrees and now serves as the course leader for the BA (Hons) English degree.

Devon is a fellow of the HEA, a member of the Association of Commonwealth Language and Literature Society (Europe), a member of the National Association of Writers in Education (NAWE), and is actively engaged in presenting her research at international conferences. Academic publications to date include a co-authored student guide, peer-reviewed articles, book chapters and reviews of several books on various aspects of contemporary and postcolonial literature.

Regularly sought out as an inspirational speaker and workshop leader, Devon is passionate about widening participation in higher education, and has a genuine commitment to helping students – particularly those who have entered University via non-traditional means – to reach their academic potential.

Devon is delighted to consider PhD/MPhil/FYP students in the areas of postcolonial literature; disability studies; contemporary Anglophone literature and short stories (particularly Indian fiction in English); and minority American literature. 

Work in progress

Devon is currently working on a monograph, Writing Asian Britain, as well as research into how the Grand Tour is represented in children's literature.

Taught courses

Further information

  1. Recent publications

    Find out more about Devon’s recent publications. Publications include articles in academic journals; book chapters or full books; creative projects; conference participation and multimedia works.
    • ‘Desexing the Crone: intentional invisibility as postcolonial retaliation in the novels of Randhawa and Divakaruni’ (forthcoming in Rodopi’s Cross Cultural series)
    • Dobbs, Sarah (ed), Val Jessop, Devon Campbell-Hall, Terry McDonough and Cath Nichols, English Language, Literature and Creative Writing: a Practical Guide for Students (London: Anthem Press, 2014)
    • ‘Renegotiating the Asian-British domestic community in recent fiction’ in Journal of Postcolonial Writing 45/2 (June 2009): 171-179
    • ‘Writing Second Generation Migrant Identity in Meera Syal’s Fiction’, in Borg Barthet, Stella (ed), Shared Waters: Soundings in Postcolonial Literatures (Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2009): 289-305
    • 'Subversive Migrant Labour in Monica Ali's Brick Lane and Zadie Smith's White Teeth' in C Vijayasree, M Mukherjee, H Trivedi and T Vijay Kumar (eds), Nation in Imagination: Essays on Nationalism, Sub-Nationalisms and Narration (Hyderabad: Orient Longman, 2007): 229-237
    • 'Dangerous Artisans: Anarchic Labour in Michael Ondaatje's Anil's Ghost and The English Patient and Arundhati Roy's The God of Small Things', World Literature Written in English (Now The Journal of Postcolonial Writing) 40/1 (2002-2003): 42-55.
    • 'Dangerous Artisans' was reprinted in Murari Prasad (ed), Arundhati Roy: Critical Perspectives (New Delhi: Pencraft International, 2006): 44-58.
    • Review of Shanta Acharya's Looking Out, Looking In (2005), Smita Agarwal's Wish-granting Words (2002) and Bashabi Fraser's Tartan and Turban (2004) in Wasafiri 47 (Spring 2006): 87-89.

    Conference papers include:

    • 2011 – EACLALS Triennial Conference, Boğaziçi University (Istanbul, Turkey)
    • ‘Desexing the Crone: intentional invisibility as postcolonial retaliation in the novels of Randhawa and Divakaruni’
    • 2009 – Postcolonial Human Conference, University of Leeds
    • ‘Reconsidering Disability Postcolonially’
    • 2007 – Creolising Europe Conference, University of Manchester
    • ‘Writing Othered Asian British Skins'
    • 2007 – Rerouting the Postcolonial Conference, University of Northampton
    • 'Renegotiating the Asian British Domestic Community in Recent Fiction'
    • 2005 – Endangered Planet in Literature Conference, Dogus University (Istanbul, Turkey)
    • 'Enabled Selves, Disabled Others in Katherine Dunn's novel Geek Love
    • 2005 – EACLALS Triennial Conference, University of Malta (Sliema, Malta)
    • 'Writing Second Generation Migrant Identity in Meera Syal's Fiction'
    • 2004 – ACLALS Triennial Conference, Osmania University (Hyderabad, India)
    • 'Re-Mapping the Ghetto: Subversive Migrant Labour in the Fictions of Monica Ali and Zadie Smith'
    • 2004 – Skin Conference, University of London, Institute of English Studies
    • 'Othered Skins in Recent Multicultural British Fiction'
    • 2003 – Postcolonialism and Globalisation Conference, University of Northampton
    • 'Dangerous Artisans: Anarchic Labour in Ondaatje and Roy'
    • 2003 – (Dis)junctions Humanities Conference, University of California (US)
    • 'Troubled Spaces: The Displaced Child as Narrator in the Fictions of Arundhati Roy and Meera Syal'
  2. Research interests

    Devon has taken part in a range of research projects throughout their academic career, working in areas that include postcolonial British identity, 19th-20th Century fiction and Southern American women's writing. Follow the link below to find out more.
    Devon has published on various aspects of contemporary and postcolonial literature. Her areas of research interest include such areas as:
    • the representation of postcolonial British identity in contemporary fiction,
    • the representation of disability, labour, children and skin in 19th-20thC fiction,
    • contemporary anglophone/postcolonial fiction and poetry (particularly Indian fiction in English),
    • the minority experience in American literature, particularly Chicano American literature, and
    • Southern American women's writing, particularly that of Flannery O'Connor and Kate Chopin.
  3. Teaching experience

    Devon has significant experience of teaching English at an undergraduate level. To find out more about Devon’s teaching experience, please follow the link below.

    PhD supervision

    Samuel Beckett's Religious Vision (Blake Everitt).

    Runaway Memories: the use of Memory in the Short Story (Flavio de Oliveira).

    The Changing Face of Disability Representation on British Television (Juliet Marlow).

    Current unit leadership

    Adapting the Novel

    Empire and Industry in 19thC Literature

    Literature and Film of the 'New World'

    Partition Literature

    Shock Value: Modernism to Post modernism

    Minority Experiences in American Literature

    Radical Re-Readings

    Previous unit leaderships

    Making and reading Poetry

    Key Moments in the History of Fiction

    Writing and the Literary Industry

    Researching and Writing Gender Agendas in 19thC Fiction

    The Fiction Cycle

    Authors and Audiences

    Previously taught units at University of Winchester

    Crime and Englishness in the Popular 20thC

    American Literature and Film

    Writing towards the Millennium

    Creative Writing

    Postcolonial Fiction

    Introduction to English Studies I and II

    Introduction to Poetry

    Introduction to American Studies


    Regular guest lecturer for English departments at local sixth form colleges.

    Regular speaker at international conferences.

  4. Awards

    Devon has been nominated for a number of Solent University staff awards since joining the University.
    • STAR Award for 'Open Door', 2013.
    • Nominated for STAR Award, 2014.