Rebecca Duncan is postdoctoral research fellow at the Department of Languages, and member of the Linnaeus University Centre for Concurrences in Colonial and Postcolonial Studies. Rebecca holds degrees from the University of Cape Town and Justus-Liebig University Giessen. She researches in postcolonial literature, with a focus on Southern Africa, and particular interests in world-ecological approaches, the body and embodiment, speculative forms, and decolonial thinking. Her current project is generously funded by the Crafoord Foundation, and entitled “Materialising Violence: Speculative Fiction and New Cultures of Resistance from Sub-Saharan Africa”
Rebecca has published widely on speculative genres in global contexts. She is the author of South African Gothic (University of Wales/University of Chicago Press 2018), which was shortlisted for the 2019 Allan Lloyd Smith Memorial Prize. Her work features in a number of edited volumes, including The Routledge Handbook of African Literature (Routledge 2019), Twenty-First-Century Gothic (Edinburgh UP 2019), The Routledge Handbook to the Ghost Story (Routledge 2017), and Neoliberal Gothic (Manchester UP 2017).
Rebecca’s recent research on world-ecology and South African literature and cinema appears in Science Fiction Film and Television, ARIEL: A Review of International English Literature (forthcoming), and the collection Gothic in the Anthropocene (forthcoming, University of Minnesota Press). With Dr Matt Foley, she is co-editor of Patrick McGrath and his World: Madness and the Transnational Gothic (Routledge 2020), and, with Dr Rebekah Cumpsty, “The Body Now: Somatic Vocabularies from the Millennial Global South”, a special issue of Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies. Rebecca is general editor of Fantastika Journal
Rebecca is General Editor at Fantastika Journal. She is a member of the International Gothic Association and the Postcolonial Studies Association, and a former member of the International Centre for the Gothic at Stirling University, and she serves as peer reviewer for several journals, including The Journal of Commonwealth Literature, Gothic Studies, Science Fiction Film and Television, and Studies in Gothic Fiction. With Dr Matt Foley, she is co-editer of the volume Patrick MacGrath and his Worlds (2020), and with Dr Rebekah Cumpsty, of the special issue of Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies, entitled “The Body Now” (2020).
Article in journal (Refereed)
- Duncan, R. (2020). Writing Ecological Revolution from Millennial South Africa : History, Nature and the Postapartheid Present. Ariel : A Review of International English Literature.
- Duncan, R. (2018). From Cheap Labour to Surplus Humanity : World-Ecology and the Postapartheid Speculative in Neill Blomkamp’s District 9. Science Fiction Film and Television. 11. 45-72.
- Duncan, R. (2014). Contemporary South African Horror : On Meat, Neoliberalism and the Postcolonial Politics of a Global Form. Horror Studies. 5. 85-106.
- Duncan, R. (2013). 'My Skin, a Parchment of Tales' : Trauma, Wounding and the Postapartheid Gothic in Terry Westby-Nunn's Sea of Wise Insects. Current Writing : Text and Reception in Southern Africa. 25. 76-87.
- Duncan, R. (2018). South African Gothic : Anxiety and Creative Dissent in the Post-apartheid Imagination and Beyond. Cardiff, University of Wales Press.
Chapter in book (Refereed)
- Duncan, R. (2021). Gothic in the Capitalocene : Imagining World-Ecological Crisis from the South African Postcolony. Gothic in the Anthropocene. Minneapolis, University of Minnesota Press.
- Foley, M., Duncan, R. (2020). Patrick McGrath and Passion : the Gothic modernism of Asylum and Beyond. Patrick McGrath and his Worlds : Madness and the Transnational Gothic. London, Routledge. 103-115.
- Duncan, R., Foley, M. (2019). Introduction : McGrath in the World: Gothic, Madness and Transnational Consciousness. Patrick McGrath and his Worlds : Madness and the Transnational Gothic. London, Routledge. 1-18.
- Duncan, R. (2019). South African Gothic. Twenty-First-Century Gothic : An Edinburgh Companion. Edinburgh, Edinburgh University Press. 233-248.
- Duncan, R. (2019). Gothic Supernaturalism in the African Imagination : Locating an Emerging Form. The Routledge Handbook of African Literature. Routledge.
- Duncan, R. (2017). Shades of Dissent : Notes on Haunting in South African Literary History. Routledge Handbook to the Ghost Story. London, Routledge.
- Duncan, R. (2017). Gothic Vulnerability : Affect and Ethics in Fiction from Neoliberal South Africa. Neoliberal Gothic : International Gothic in the Neoliberal Age. Manchester, Manchester University Press. 122-141.
Collection (editor) (Refereed)
- Duncan, R., Cumpsty, R. (2020). The Body Now. Taylor & Francis. 5.
- Foley, M., Duncan, R. (2020). Patrick McGrath and his Worlds : Madness and the Transnational Gothic. London, Routledge. 196.
Article in journal (Other academic)
- Duncan, R., Cumpsty, R. (2020). Introduction : The Body in Postcolonial Fiction after the Millennium. Interventions : International Journal of Postcolonial Studies. 22. 587-605.