Afterlives, Aftermaths: Levy Studies in the Twenty-First Century


  • Hengameh Saroukhani St. Mary's University
  • Sarah Lawson Welsh York St. John University
  • Michael Perfect Liverpool John Moores University

Author Biographies

Hengameh Saroukhani, St. Mary's University

Henghameh Saroukhani is Associate Professor in Literatures and Cultures of the Black Atlantic at Saint Mary’s University. She has published widely on twentieth and twenty-first-century black British literature. She is co-editor of a forthcoming special issue on the Windrush scandal (Wasafiri 2023) and is completing a monograph on the cosmopolitics of contemporary black British writing.

Sarah Lawson Welsh, York St. John University

Dr Sarah Lawson Welsh is Associate Professor and Reader in English and Postcolonial literatures at York St John University. She received her PhD in Caribbean Studies (Language and Literature of the Anglophone Caribbean) from Warwick University. Her latest monograph, Food, Text and Culture in the Anglophone Caribbean, was published by Rowman & Littlefield in July 2019. She is currently working on a new book on Caribbean Literature for the new Routledge series, Global Literatures:  Twenty-first Century Perspectives.

She is the coeditor of the bestselling The Routledge Reader in Caribbean Literature, first published in 1996: and a Founding Editor of JPW, the Journal of Postcolonial Writing (formerly World Literature Written in English), published by Taylor & Francis: For more details of Sarah’s research publications (including full-text versions) see

Michael Perfect, Liverpool John Moores University

Michael Perfect is a Senior Lecturer in English Literature at Liverpool John Moores University. His research interests are in twentieth- and twenty-first-century literature and culture. His first book, Contemporary Fictions of Multiculturalism, was published with Palgrave in 2014, and his work has also appeared in The Journal of Commonwealth Literature, The Journal of Postcolonial Writing, The Journal for Cultural Research, Dictionary of Literary Biography, and numerous edited collections. He has written for The Guardian’s Higher Education Network, and been interviewed on local and national radio. His second book focuses on Andrea Levy, and is forthcoming with Manchester UP. He was the first academic to carry out research on Levy's archive, and his ongoing work on the archive is supported by a BA/Leverhulme research grant. In addition to his work on Levy, he is currently developing a project that relates to screen adaptations of contemporary transnational novels.