Professor Listing

profile picture

Louise Harrington, PhD and MA (SOAS, University of London), BA (Trinity College Dublin)

Assistant Professor


English and Film Studies

About Me

Louise Harrington joined the Department of English and Film Studies in 2017 as an assistant professor in postcolonial and South Asian literatures. She works on cultural representations of war and ethno-religious-national conflict in the 20th and 21st centuries, specializing in the comparative study of Ireland, Israel/Palestine and South Asia. Her current book project works with border studies and geocriticism to explore how literary and cinematic mediations of 20th century partitions map spaces of conflict.

She has previously published on topics including the railway in Indian literary imagination; narratology and the Partition of Bengal; South Asian Irish cultural production; Bengali and Bangladeshi resistance writing; the militant body in Northern Ireland and Palestine; and the anxiety of post-partition Irishness.

She is also a Research Associate of the Department of South Asia and an Associate Member of the Centre for Cultural, Literary and Postcolonial Studies at SOAS (The School of Oriental and African Studies), University of London.


Supervisory and Research Interests

Postcolonial, global and comparative literatures; South Asian literatures and cultures; Irish Literature; the Palestinian national movement; war, (post-)conflict, partition; spatial literary studies and theory; critical border studies.


Recent and upcoming courses include:

ENGL 103 Case Studies in Research: Language Politics in Irish Literature

ENGL 210 Conflict and Literature

ENGL 222 Reading Race and Ethnicity

ENGL 305 Literature and Religion

ENGL 367 Contemporary Literature and Culture

ENGL 426 The Short Story in South Asia

ENGL 481 Border, Lines and Walls