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Sharae Deckard

Lecturer/Assistant Professor

School Of English, Drama & Film
Newman Building
Belfield
Dublin 4

Tel: 716 8156
Email: sharae.deckard@ucd.ie

Biography

About
 

Dr. Sharae Deckard is a tenured permanent Lecturer in World Literature at UCD. Her research interests intersect environmental criticism and world-systems approaches to world literature, ecology, and culture. Her monograph, Paradise Discourse, Imperialism and Globalization, was published by Routledge in 2010,  and she is a co-author with the Warwick Research Collective (WReC) of Combined and Uneven Development: Towards a New Theory of World-Literature, a monograph published by Liverpool UP in 2015. She recently co-edited a special issue of Ariel on "Towards a Radical World Literature: Experimental Writing in a Globalizing World" (2016) as well as a special issue of The Journal of World-Systems Research on "Ireland in the World-System" (2016). She has also edited a special issue of  Green Letters on global and postcolonial ecologies and co-edited a special issue of The Journal of Postcolonial Writing on "Postcolonial Studies and World Literature."  She has published multiple articles on postcolonial ecocriticism and world-ecology in Green LettersMoving WorldsInterventions and various edited collections, and is currently working on a new book project exploring representations of neoliberal ecology and crises of food, water, and climate in world literature. She has a particular interest in questions of genre, including peripheral realism, 'critical irrealism,' and ecogothic and green dystopias.


 
For pre-print drafts of articles and chapters, please visit http://ucd-ie.academia.edu/SharaeDeckard 

Professional

 

Associations

Association: Postcolonial Studies Association (UK), Function/Role: Member
Association: Association for Study of Literature and the Environment (UK), Function/Role: Member
       

Committees

Committee : UCD Humanities Institute Research Committee
Committee : College of Arts Research, Innovation and Impact Committee
       

Outreach Activities

"Mohsin Hamid in Conversation with Sharae Deckard." Public Interview with writer Mohsin Hamid, organized by Penguin Ireland, Wood Quay Venue, 2 April 2013. https://www.writing.ie/event/mohsin-hamid-in-conversation-with-sharae-deckard/
Television Appearance: invited panellist responding to the election of Trump on "Tonight with Vincent Browne," TV3, hosted by Vincent Browne, 10 November 2016, Dublin, Ireland.
Radio Appearance: invited panelist on Salman Rushdie on Talking Books, newsTalk radio, hosted by Susan Cahill, 9th August 2015, Dublin, Ireland.

Radio Appearance: invited panelist on world literature on Talking English Literature, newsTalk radio, hosted by Darryl Jones, 26th August 2012, Dublin, Ireland.

Journals Edited

Green Letters: Studies In Ecocriticism: Editorial Board member.
Journal Of Postcolonial Writing: Reviewer.
Journal Of Commonwealth Literature: Reviewer.
Ariel: A Review Of International English Literature: Reviewer.
Interventions: Reviewer.
Isle Interdisciplinary Studies In Literature And Environment: Reviewer.
Modern Language Review: Reviewer.
Modern Language Quarterly: Reviewer.
Research In African Literatures: Reviewer.
Notes And Queries: Reviewer.
Modern And Contemporary France: Reviewer.

Other Activities

Editorial Board for Gender, Sexuality & Feminism
Manuscript Reviewer for Cambridge University Press
Manuscript Reviewer for Routledge.
Manuscript Reviewer for Lexington Books
Manuscript Reviewer for Palgrave

Publications

Books

Deckard, S.; Lawrence, N.; Lazarus, N.; Macdonald, G.; Mukherjee, U.P.; Parry, B.; Shapiro, S. (2015) Combined and Uneven Development: Towards a New Theory of World-Literature. Liverpool, UK: Liverpool University Press. [Details]
Sharae Deckard; (2010) Paradise Discourse, Imperialism, and Globalization: Exploited Eden. London: Routledge. [Details]

Book Chapters

Deckard, S (2017) 'Capitalism's Long Spiral: Periodicity, Temporality and the Global Contemporary in World Literature' In: Sarah Brouillette, Mathias Nilges, Emilio Sauri (eds). Literature and the Global Contemporary. London: Palgrave Macmillan. , pp.83-102 [Details]
Deckard, S (2017) 'Roberto Bolaño and the Remapping of World Literature' In: Birns, N; De Castro, J (eds). Roberto Bolaño as World Literature. New York: Bloomsbury. , pp.203-222 [Details]
Deckard, S (2016) 'Latin America in the World-Ecology: Origins and Crisis' In: Anderson, M; Bora, Z (eds). Ecological Crisis and Cultural Representation in Latin America. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield. , pp.3-20 [Details]
Deckard, S. (2016) 'The Political Ecology of Storms in Caribbean Literature' In: Campbell, C; Niblett, M (eds). The Caribbean: Aesthetics, World-Ecology, Politics. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press. , pp.25-45 [Details]
Deckard, S. (2015) ''The Land Was Wounded': War Ecologies, Commodity Frontiers, and Sri Lankan Literature' In: Slovic, S.; Rangarajan, S.; Sarveswaran, V (eds). Ecocriticism of the Global South. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books. [Details]
Deckard, S. (2015) ''Inherit the World': World-Literature, Rising Asia, and the World-Ecology' In: Bernard, A.; Elmarsafy, Z.; Murray, S (eds). What Postcolonial Theory Doesn't Say. London, UK: Routledge. , pp.239-256 [Details]
Deckard, S. (2015) 'Ghost Mountains and Stone Maidens: Ecological Imperialism, Compound Catastrophe, and the Post-Soviet Ecogothic' In: DeLoughrey, E.; Didur, J.; Carrigan, A (eds). Global Ecologies and the Environmental Humanities: Postcolonial Approaches. London: Routledge. , pp.286-306 [Details]
Deckard, Sharae (2013) 'Uncanny States: Reading Global Nature in Rana Dasgupta's Tokyo Cancelled' In: Andrew Smith and William Hughes (eds). EcoGothic. Manchester: Manchester University Press. , pp.177-194 [Details]
Deckard, Sharae (2012) 'Generic 'De-formation' and Peripheral Modernity in Mabanckou and Pepetela' In: Walter Gobel and Saskia Schabio (eds). Locating Postcolonial Narrative Genres. London: Routledge. , pp.32-48 [Details]
Sharae Deckard; (2010) 'Jungle Tide, Devouring Reef: (Post)colonial Anxiety and Ecocritique in Sri Lankan Literature' In: Bonnie Roos and Alex Hunt (eds). Postcolonial Green: Environmental Politics and World Narratives. Charlottesville: University of Virginia. , pp.32-48 Available Online [Details]
Sharae Deckard; (2007) '"United States of America, Britain, and Abolition" and "United States of America, Britain and Civil Rights"' In: David Dabydeen, John Gilmore, Cecily Jones (eds). The Oxford Companion to Black British History. Oxford: Oxford University Press. , pp.489-498 [Details]
 

Peer Reviewed Journals

Deckard, S (2017) 'Cacao and Cascadura: Energetic Consumption and Production in World-Ecological Literature'. Journal of Postcolonial Writing, 53 (3):342-354. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Deckard, S.; Lawrence, N.; Lazarus, N.; Macdonald, G.; Mukherjee, U.P.; Parry, B.; Shapiro, S. (2016) 'Forum: Combined and Uneven Development'. Comparative Literature Studies, 53 (3):535-550. Available Online [Details]
Knepper, W; Deckard, S (2016) 'Towards a Radical World Literature'. Ariel: A Review of International English Literature, 47 (1-2):1-25. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Deckard, S (2016) 'Surviving Globalization: Experiment and World-Historical Imagination in Rana Dasgupta's Solo'. Ariel: A Review of International English Literature, 47 (1-2):59-91. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Knepper, W; Deckard, S (editors) (2016) 'Double Special Issue on Experimental Writing in a Globalizing World'. Ariel: A Review of International English Literature, 47 (1-2):1-412. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Deckard, S (2016) 'World-Ecology and Ireland: The Neoliberal Ecological Regime'. Journal of World-Systems Research, 22 (1):145-176. [DOI] [Details]
Beatty, A; Coakley, M; Deckard, S (2016) 'Editors' Introduction: Ireland in the World-System'. Journal of World-Systems Research, 22 (1):50-53. [DOI] [Details]
Beatty, A.; Deckard, S.; Coakley, M.; O'Hearn, D. (2016) 'Ireland in the World-System: An Interview with Denis O'Hearn'. Journal of World-Systems Research, 22 (1):202-2013. [DOI] [Details]
Sharae Deckard (2014) 'Calligraphy of the Wave: Disaster Representation and the Indian Ocean Tsunami'. Moving Worlds: A Journal of Transcultural Writings, 14 (2):25-43. [Details]
Deckard, Sharae (2014) 'Lindsey Collen, Literary Mutiny and the Indian Ocean'. Interventions, 16 (6):837-853. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Deckard, Sharae (2013) ''Nothing Is Truly Hidden': Visibility, Aesthetics and Yasmina Khadra's Detective Fiction'. Journal of Postcolonial Writing, 29 (1):74-86. [Details]
Deckard, S (2012) 'Peripheral Realism, Millennial Capitalism, and Roberto Bolano's 2666'. Modern Language Quarterly, 73 :351-372. [DOI] [Details]
Sharae Deckard (2012) 'Editorial: Reading the World-Ecology'. Green Letters: Studies in Ecocriticism, :1-14. [Details]
Deckard, Sharae, ed.; (2012) 'Edited Special Issue on Global and Postcolonial Ecologies'. Green Letters: Studies in Ecocriticism, 16 (Summer). [Details]
Graham, J; Niblett, M; Deckard, S. (editors) (2012) 'Edited Special Issue on Postcolonial Studies and World Literature'. Journal of Postcolonial Writing, 48 (5):465-582. Available Online [Details]
Deckard, Sharae; Graham, James; Niblett; Michael (2012) 'Editors' Introduction: Postcolonial Studies and World Literature'. Journal of Postcolonial Writing, 48 (5):465-471. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Sharae Deckard (2014) 'Review of KHADRA, Yasmina. Cousin K. (Translated by Donald Nicholson-Smith and Alyson Waters) Afterword by Robert Polito. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2013'. Modern & Contemporary France, 22 (3):416-418. [Details]
Sharae Deckard (2012) 'Review of Elizabeth DeLoughrey's Postcolonial Ecologies: Literatures of the Environment'. Isle-Interdisciplinary Studies In Literature And Environment, 19 (2):414-415. [Details]
Sharae Deckard (2012) 'Review of Rob Nixon's Slow Violence and the Environmentalism of the Poor and Laura Wright's Wilderness into Shapes'. Green Letters: Studies in Ecocriticism, 16 :94-98. [Details]
Deckard, Sharae (2009) 'Review of Eric Hayot Saussy's Sinographies: Writing China'. Journal of Postcolonial Writing, 45 (3):354-355. [Details]

Other Journals

Sharae Deckard; (2007) ''Eastern Stardust' or `Crude Exoticism?': Leonard and Bella Sidney Woolf in Ceylon' Virginia Woolf Miscellany 72 :24-29. [Details]
Deckard, Sharae (2006) 'Dhow Aesthetics: Negotiating the Global and the Local at the 9th Zanzibar International Film Festival' Senses of Cinema 41 . [Details]
Sharae Deckard; (1998) '"Warp and Weft: 12 Poems" and "An Introduction: George Seferis, Henry Miller and Indra McEwan"' Deus Loci: The Lawrence Durrell Journal NS6 :172-188. [Details]
                           

Newspaper Articles

Deckard, S (2016) Solar Bones is that extraordinary thing, an accessible experiment, virtuosic yet humane. Newspaper Articles Available Online [Details]
     

Video/TV

Deckard, Sharae (2016) Literary and Cultural Representations of Crime and Policing. Video/TV Available Online [Details]
Deckard, Sharae (2016) Organized Crime, Neoliberal Destabilization and the Narco-Regime in Marlon James¿ A Brief History of Seven Killings. Video/TV Available Online [Details]
Deckard, S. (2012) Towards a Theory of Peripheral Irrealism: Junot Diaz and the World-System Novel. Video/TV Available Online [Details]
           

Electronic Publication

Deckard, S. (2015) Scholarcast: 'The IFSC Is a Way of Organizing Nature': Neoliberal Ecology and Irish Literature. Electronic Publication Available Online [Details]
Deckard, S. (2014) Podcast: (Post)Soviet Energy Regimes and World-Ecological Literature. Electronic Publication Available Online [Details]

Book Reviews

Deckard, S (2012) Postcolonial Ecologies: Literatures of the Environment. Book Reviews [DOI] [Details]
Sharae Deckard; (2008) Review: Reconstructing Hybridity: Post-Colonial Studies in Transition. . The Modern Language Review, Volume 103, Number 3, 1 July 2008 , pp. 815-816(2): Book Reviews [Details]
                                                                                   

Research

Research Interests

My primary areas of research are postcolonial literature and environmental criticism, world-systems and world-ecology approaches to world literature, and neoliberalism. I am a co-organizer of the Left Ecology Network in Ireland, and a co-founder of the World-Ecology Research Network with Jason W. Moore. I most recently held a UCD Horizon Scanning Grant for a project on "Food, Energy and Climate: Cultural Representations." In 2016-2017, I have been asked to be a project reviewer for the Complex Ground-Breaking Research Projects under the UEFISCDI scheme in Romania (equivalent to IRC projects).

I am a contributing member of the  Global Frontiers: Ecologies, Commodities, Labour and the Arts research network organized by Michael Niblett (Warwick) and Chris Campbell (Exeter), and a named network participant in "Crime and its Representation in the Anglophone Caribbean,¿ an international research network funded by the British Academy (2016-2019), as well as in the AHRC network "Dons, yardies, and posses: representations of Jamaican organised crime," both of which are led by Lucy Evans (Leicester) as Principal Investigator.  

 In the past, I was a named participant and collaborator in the international research network co-funded by the AHRC-NWO entitled  "The Cultural Politics of Catastrophe: (Post)colonial Representations of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Disasters, 1800-2012," of which Anthony Carrigan was Principal Investigator.

Research Projects

Sponsor : University College Dublin (UCD)
Title : Travel expenses to 'Petrocultures' conference, Aug 31 - Sept 3, 2016, Memorial University of Newfoundland.
Start Date / End Date : 01-APR-16 / 30-SEP-17
Sponsor : Irish Research Council (IRC)
Title : Coastal Fishing Communities and Socio-Ecological Crisis in World Literature
Start Date / End Date : 01-OCT-13 / 30-SEP-15
Sponsor : University College Dublin (UCD)
Title : ASLE-UKI Postgraduate Conference UCD: 'Locating Ecocriticism: Systems, Methodologies, Contexts'
Start Date / End Date : 01-APR-14 / 30-SEP-15
Sponsor : University College Dublin (UCD)
Title : Food, Energy, Climate and Cultural Representation
Start Date / End Date : 01-APR-14 / 31-MAY-16
Sponsor : University College Dublin (UCD)
Title : Postcolonial Ecology and Literary Form
Start Date / End Date : 17-MAY-10 / 16-NOV-11
Sponsor : University College Dublin (UCD)
Title : Visiting Speaker: Kerstin Oloff, Refashioning the Self: Modernity, the Individual and the Caribbean Novel
Start Date / End Date : 17-MAY-10 / 16-NOV-11
Sponsor : University College Dublin (UCD)
Title : World Systems/Systems of the World
Start Date / End Date : 01-MAY-12 / 31-DEC-13
Sponsor : University College Dublin (UCD)
Title : Conference Participation: "Crafts of World Literature"
Start Date / End Date : 01-MAY-12 / 31-OCT-13
Sponsor : Irish Research Council (IRC)
Title : IRC Funded PHD Caoilfhionn NicFhearai: Reseeding Eden: Feminist Visions of Ecotopia in New Wave Science Fiction
Start Date / End Date : 06-SEP-12 / 05-SEP-15

Recent Postgraduates

Dr. Treasa De Loughry (Completed 2016). Research Project: "Globalization and the World-Ecology in the Contemporay Novel."  Funded under an Irish Research Council in the Humanities and Social Sciences Postgraduate Scholarship (IRCHSS), and a Fulbright-National University of Ireland Student Award. 

Current Postgraduate Students

Michael Paye, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)   -   Thesis Supervisor

Teaching

Teaching Philosophy

My teaching interests include postcolonial studies and ecocriticism, world literature, Marxist literary criticism, neoliberalism, global gothic, and modernism. Past courses I have coordinated and co-lectured on: Post-colonial Ecocriticism; Post-colonial Literature; Literature and Ecology; Coming of Age Narratives; Critical Theory; Intro to Cultural Theory; The English Novel; Peripheral Modernisms; Research Methods.