Module Lecturer/Tutor:



Burns, L. M. (2012) Contemporary Caribbean Writing and Deleuze: Literature Between Postcolonialism and Post-continental Philosophy (London and New York: Continuum).


Burns, L. M. (2015) ‘Postcolonial Singularity and a World Literature Yet-to-Come’, Angelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities, Vol. 20, No. 4.

Burns, L. M. (2013) ‘Philosophy of the Imagination: Time, Immanence and the Events That Wound Us in Wilson Harris’s Jonestown’, special issue of the Journal of Postcolonial Writing, edited by Lorna Burns and Wendy Knepper, Vol. 49, No. 2, pp. 174–186.

Burns, L. M. (2011) ‘Uncovering the Marvellous: Surrealism and the Writings of Wilson Harris’, Journal of Postcolonial Writing, Vol. 47, No. 1, pp. 52-64.

Burns, L. M. (2010) ‘Becoming-Bertha: Virtual Difference and Repetition in Postcolonial “Writing Back”, a Deleuzian Reading of Jean Rhys’s Wide Sargasso Sea’, Deleuze Studies, Vol. 4, No. 1, pp. 16-41.

Burns, L. M. (2009) ‘Becoming-Postcolonial, Becoming-Caribbean: Édouard Glissant and the Poetics of Creolization’, Textual Practice, Vol. 23, No. 1, pp. 99-117.

Burns, L. M. (2008) ‘Creolization and the Collective Unconscious: Locating the Originality of Art in Wilson Harris’ Jonestown, The Mask of the Beggar and The Ghost of Memory, Postcolonial Text, Vol. 4, No. 2.

Burns, L. M. (2008) ‘Landscape and Genre in the Caribbean Canon: a Poetics of Place and Paradise’, Journal of West Indian Literature, Vol. 17, No. 1, pp. 20-41.


Burns, L. M. (2015) ‘Razing the Wall: Deleuze, Rancière and the Politics of New World Literatures’ in Deleuze and the Schizoanalysis of Literature, edited by Ian Buchanan, Tim Matts, Aidan Tynan (London and New York: Bloomsbury Academic), pp. 154–173.

Burns, L. M. (2012) ‘Beyond the Colonized and the Colonizer: Caribbean Writing as Postcolonial “Health”’ in Postcolonial Literatures and Deleuze: Colonial Pasts, Differential Futures, edited by Lorna Burns and Birgit M. Kaiser (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan), pp. 144–164.

Burns, L. M. (2011), ‘Prophetic Visions of the Past: The Arrivants and Another Life’ in The Routledge Companion to Anglophone Caribbean Literature, edited by Michael A. Bucknor and Alison Donnell (London: Routledge), pp. 181–190.

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Dr Lorna Burns

Education and Experience

Lorna Burns received an MA (hons) of the first class in English Literature and Politics from the University of Glasgow where she also completed her PhD on the subject of creolisation in Caribbean literatures and postcolonial theory. Before joining St Andrews Lorna was a Lecturer in English at the University of Lincoln and she is a former Postdoctoral Research Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the University of Edinburgh, where she pursued a research project entitled 'Caribbean Enlightenment'.

Research Interests

Lorna's research interests lie in postcolonial literatures and theory, contemporary world literature, and continental philosophy. Her work focuses on the points of intersection between literature and philosophy. Forthcoming in May 2019, her most recent monograph Postcolonialism After World Literature: Relation, Equality, Dissent (Bloomsbury) breaks from the materialist strand of postcolonial and world literary studies and draws on the philosophies of Bruno Latour, Gilles Deleuze, and Jacques Rancière in order to contest the premise of world-systems theory as the basis for thinking about contemporary literatures. By establishing an alternative theoretical framework that promotes literature’s dissident capacity, Lorna's research presents the case for rethinking world literature in light of the legacies of postcolonialism, and for reshaping postcolonial studies in an era of world literature.

This philosophically driven approach to postcolonial literary studies follows on the heels of previous publications, including the monograph Contemporary Caribbean Writing and Deleuze: Literature Between Postcolonialism and Post-continental Philosophy (Continuum, 2012), as well as numerous articles on Caribbean writing, postcolonialism and the philosophy of Gilles Deleuze, and theories of world literature.

Lorna's research and teaching span the fields of postcolonial literatures and theory; comparative Caribbean literatures; twentieth- and twenty-first-century Black British and British Asian writing; global writing in English; continental philosophy; and critical theory. She welcomes graduate students who share any of her research interests.

PhD Supervision

Will Bower, Aaron Day

Dr Lorna Burns

Contact information

Room: KH 203
Phone: 2675

Consultation hours:
Tuesdays 2pm–4pm

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School role

Ethics officer