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Peter Kalliney

Research Interests:
Twentieth and Twenty-First Century British Literature and Culture
African African American and Caribbean Literature and Culture
Postcolonial and Global Literature

Ph.D. University of Michigan 2001

AB University of Pennsylvania 1993


My scholarly interests include twentieth-century literature and cultural institutions. I am currently working on a book project on the cold war and decolonization, with a special emphasis on African, British, and Caribbean literature.


Areas of Specialty:

  • Twentieth-Century Anglophone Literature
  • Postcolonial Literature
  • Literary Theory and Globalization
  • Cultural Studies
Awards and Fellowships

National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, 2020

John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship, 2017-18

National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, 2009-2010

National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend, 2008

Public-facing essays and media appearances

"Makerere Generation," Times Literary Supplement (July 2016)

"Lotus Blossoms,Times Literary Supplement (September 2022)

New Books Network podcast

Out of the Blank podcast

Modernism, African Literature & the CIA at the Library of Congress


Selected Publications:

The Aesthetic Cold War: Decolonization and Global Literature, Princeton UP fall 2022.

Editor, Anglophone Literature, its Critics, and the Left.  Special issue of Modern Fiction Studies.  June 2021. 

Editor, Literature after the Nation?.  Special issue of Modern Language Quarterly.  December 2019.

Modernism in a Global Context.  Bloomsbury, 2016.  New Modernisms series, edited by Sean Latham and Gayle Rogers.

Commonwealth of Letters: British Literary Culture and the Emergence of Postcolonial Aesthetics. Oxford University Press, 2013.  Modernist Literature and Culture series, edited by Kevin JH Dettmar and Mark Wollaeger.

Cities of Affluence and Anger: A Literary Geography of Modern Englishness. University of Virginia Press, 2007.

"Exceptionalism and Anticolonial Writing: The Afro-Asian Movement and its Forerunners."  PMLA, 2022.

"Modernism, African Literature, and the Cold War."  MLQ, 2015.

"East African Literature and the Politics of Global Reading."  Research in African Literatures, 2008.

"Metropolitan Modernism and its West Indian Interlocutors: 1950s London and the Emergence of Postcolonial Literature." PMLA, 2007.