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Univ.-Prof. PD Melissa Kennedy, PhD

Visiting Professor WS 2016/17

Research Interests

Postcolonial and World literature and theory

Literary Economics

Contemporary London fiction

Literature in the classroom

Indigenous literature and cultural studies

Australia, New Zealand, and Pacific literature



Lecture in Anglophone Literatures and Cultural Studies

Proseminar in Australasian literature; multicultural London; CMA exoticism in film, resistance movements, fairy tales

Seminar in Indigenous fiction and film

Arbeitsgemeinschaft in Teen Identity in Young Adult Fiction

Recent Publications

Reading Postcolonial Economics: Narratives of Inequality in Colonial, Neocolonial and Neoliberal Capitalism. Palgrave Macmillan: London, forthcoming (June 2017)

Striding Both Worlds: Witi Ihimaera and New Zealand Literary Tradition. (Amsterdam & New York: Rodopi, 2011)

ed. with Helga Ramsey-Kurz, Uncommon Wealths in Postcolonial Fiction. Leiden & Boston: Brill, (forthcoming, June 2017)

“Economic Inequality in Postcolonial Fiction” in The Bloomsbury Introduction to Postcolonial Writing: New Contexts, New Narratives, New Debates, ed., Jenni Ramone. (London: Bloomsbury, forthcoming 2017)

 “Approaches to Teaching Witi Ihimaera” in MLA Options for Teaching on Australian/New Zealand Literature. (New York: MLA, forthcoming, Fall 2016).

“The Māori Renaissance” in A Cambridge History of New Zealand Literature, ed., Mark Williams. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016: 277-288).

“Urban Poverty and Homelessness in the international Postcolonial World”, in Postcolonialism: Globalization, Labour, and Rights, ed., Janet Wilson, Pavan Malreddy, Birte Heidemann, and Ole Birk Laursen. (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015: 57-71).

“Early Ainu and Maori postcolonial theatre: Postman Heijiro and Te Raukura”, in Journal of Postcolonial Writing Vol. 50.3 (May 2014: 329-340). 

“The Call of the West Coast and the Reality of Rain”, in Journal of New Zealand Literature No. 32 (Nov. 2013: 74-94).

“All Our Pasts before Us: Hamish Clayton’s Wulf”, in Journal of New Zealand Literature No. 31 (March 2013: 150-172).


2016 Habilitation, University of Vienna

2012- External Lecturer at Vienna

2008-2012 Assistant Professor at Nagoya University of Commerce and Business

2008 PhD in co-tutelle, University of Bourgogne, France, and Canterbury, New Zealand

2004 MA, University of Nice, France,

1999 CELTA, International House, London

1998 BA, University of Canterbury, New Zealand

Office: Lektorenzimmer,
room 3F-O1-07, 1st floor

Office hour:
Fridays 13.00-14.00
and by appointment


Institut für Anglistik und Amerikanistik /
Department of English
Universität Wien
Campus d. Universität Wien
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1090 Wien

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