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, and she is the author of 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.

Current research projects are focused on the influence of postcolonialism on theories of world literature. Exploring the place of dissent in a global range of contemporary writers, her research seeks to explore the relationship between aesthetics and politics in the context of globalization, postcolonialism and theories of world literature.

Lorna’s research interests 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

Aaron Day

Dr Lorna Burns

Contact information

Room: KH 203
Phone: 2675

Consultation hours:
Thursdays 2pm–4pm

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