Dr. Bianca Leggett is a teacher and researcher of contemporary literature who was awarded her PhD from Birkbeck, University of London, in 2013. She previously studied for her BA and Masters in English Literature at the University of Nottingham.
Her research considers the relationship between the novel and the nation in an increasingly cosmopolitan world. She is currently writing a book based on her doctoral research which is entitled Englishness Elsewhere; it considers questions of national identity and its evolution in the depiction of English people abroad in fiction from 1980 to the present. Arguing that English identity has always been defined against its global others, it raises the question of how ideas of Englishness are destabilized in an increasingly transnational world. Her most recent research takes a more global perspective in tracing the ways in which the novel has evolved under the pressure to represent an increasingly interconnected world and more cosmopolitan forms of community, looking particularly at the emergent genre of ‘translit’.
She has previously co-designed and taught a course on twenty-first century literature at Birkbeck. She enjoys using experiential learning as a part of her practice.