Miss Renee Landell

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Personal profile

I am a fully-funded AHRC Techne doctoral researcher completing a full-time PhD in the School of Humanities at Royal Holloway, University of London. My Research interests include Carribean studies, post-colonial scholarship, literary criticism, ecocriticism and womanism. Alongside my studies, I have served two full terms as the part-time BAME officer at the Students Union, working towards fair representation for all students by creating liberation campaigns and passing policies that directly affects BAME students. I perform scholar-activism in an independent capacity as founder of Beyond Margins, while working closely with various services at RHUL, such as Careers, Cultural Diversity Network (staff), The Library, and external organisations and charities. I am also a member of the REC Self-assesment Team which designs strategies and provides feedback on the University with the aim of increasing the representation of Black, Asian Ethnic Minority staff and students. 

Research interests

My Research

I am currently investigating the cause and effect of popular stereotypical images (‘Mammy’, ‘Jezebel’, ‘Mandingo’, etc.) and the counter-responses to them in Anglophone Caribbean literature. I examine the origins of these stereotypes, the rationale and conditions which have allowed them to exist and the relationship between cultural stereotypes and cultural identity. The perpetuation of stereotypes can shape identity and justify abuse, however, there has been little regard for the impact that these stereotypes have on the environment. Thus, the relationship between Caribbean bodies and Caribbean land is central to this project. I argue that the bio-political control of Caribbean bodies is reflected in, and perpetuated by, the use of proprietorial language and controlling images which depict the Caribbean as virginal territory ready to be conquered. The responses to, and demythologization of, Western stereotypes by Anglophone Caribbean writers is an attempt to reclaim the Caribbean body and promote positive ecological practices. Framed as exotic and erotic, the bodies of the indentured natives and diasporic slaves, once dominated and policed, are now being rewritten by Caribbean authors looking to both historicise their identity and to liberate it from the internalised legacies of colonialism.

Educational background

BA, Hons [2017] London

MRes [2018] London

Affiliations

Member, Caribbean Studies Association (CSA)

Member, Society for Caribbean Studies (SCS)

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