Dr Sara Upstone

Position: Associate Professor
School: Humanities
Email: S.Upstone@kingston.ac.uk
Extension: 62295
Location: Room PR HH 2005, Holmwood House, Penrhyn Road


Sara Upstone is Principal Lecturer in English Literature. She specialises in contemporary postcolonial, British and American literature. She is the author of Spatial Politics in the Postcolonial Novel (Ashgate, 2009) and British Asian Fiction: Twenty-First-Century Voices (Manchester University Press, 2010), as well as editor (with Andrew Teverson) of Postcolonial Spaces: the Politics of Place in Contemporary Culture (Palgrave, 2011). She is currently researching the relationship between literary genre and representations of race in contemporary fiction.

Educational and professional qualifications

2004 PhD English Literature , Birkbeck College, University of London
2001 MA English Literature Research , Birkbeck College, University of London
2000 BA English with History , Brunel University

Professional experience (post-1990)

Oct 2004 - Jan 2005 Part-time Lecturer, University of Roehampton
Oct 2002 - July 2004 Graduate Teaching Assistant, Birkbeck College
2004 Part-time Lecturer, Kingston University and South Bank University


I teach a wide range of modules including Contemporary British Fiction, Modernism, Fiction and Social Change 1930-1960, 19th Century American Literature, and World Writing.

Research supervision

I have supervised PhD theses on subjects including South Asian Children's Literature, National Identity in British Literature, Contemporary British Muslim Women's Writing, and Cultural Theory. I consider proposals on any aspect of contemporary postcolonial, British or American literature, with particular interest in issues of post-9/11 discourse, racial representations, literary genre, and cultural politics.

Research areas

English Literature and Creative Writing: Contemporary Postcolonial, British and American Literature

Research outputs

Number of items: 28.


Upstone, Sara (2016) Beyond the bedroom : Motherhood in E. L. James’s Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy. Frontiers : a Journal of Women Studies, 37(2), pp. 138-164. ISSN (print) 0160-9009

Upstone, Sara (2015) You never let me leave. Bloodstone Review, 1(1), pp. 36-40.

Upstone, Sara (2007) Domesticity in magical-realist postcolonial fiction: reversals of representation in Salman Rushdie's Midnight's Children. Frontiers, 28(1 & 2), pp. 260-284. ISSN (print) 0160-9009

Upstone, Sara (2007) "Same old, same old": Zadie Smith's 'White teeth' and Monica Ali's 'Brick Lane'. Journal of postcolonial writing, 43(3), pp. 336-349. ISSN (print) 1744-9855

Upstone, Sara (2004) Writing the post-colonial space: Ben Okri's magical city and the subversion of imperialism. Partial Answers: Journal of literature and the history of ideas, 2(2), pp. 139-159. ISSN (print) 1565-3668

Upstone, Sara (2003) Toni Morrison and the magical re-visioning of space. U.S. Studies Online: The BAAS Postgraduate Journal, 3, ISSN (online) 1472-9091

Upstone, Sara (2002) Applicability and truth in The hobbit, The lord of the rings, and The silmarillion: readers, fantasy, and canonicity. Mythlore, 23(4), pp. 50-66. ISSN (print) 0146-9339

Dailey, Sara (2001) Book review of 'Conversations with Salman Rushdie' by Michael R. Reder. ARIEL, 32(4), pp. 258-259. ISSN (print) 0004-1327


Platt, Len and Upstone, Sara, eds. (2015) Postmodern literature and race. New York, U.S.A. : Cambridge University Press. 301p. ISBN 9781107042483

Murray, Lesley and Upstone, Sara, eds. (2014) Researching and representing mobilities: transdisciplinary encounters. Basingstoke, U.K. : Palgrave Macmillan. 236p. ISBN 9781137346650

Teverson, Andrew and Upstone, Sara, eds. (2011) Postcolonial spaces: the politics of place in contemporary culture. Basingstoke, U.K. : Palgrave Macmilan. 208p. ISBN 9780230252257

Upstone, Sara (2010) British Asian fiction: twenty-first-century voices. Manchester, U.K. : Manchester University Press. 247p. ISBN 9780719078330

Upstone, Sara (2009) Spatial politics in the postcolonial novel. Farnham, U.K. : Ashgate. 216p. ISBN 9780754665526

Book Section

Upstone, Sara (2015) Postcolonial and diasporic voices - bringing Black to the Union Jack: ethnic fictions and the politics of possibility. In: Hubble, Nick , Tew, Philip and Wilson, Leigh, (eds.) The 1990s: a decade of contemporary British fiction. London, U.K. : Bloomsbury Academic. pp. 123-148. (The Decades Series) ISBN 9781441172587

Upstone, Sara (2015) 'Some kind of black': black British historiographic metafictions and the postmodern politics of race. In: Platt, Len and Upstone, Sara, (eds.) Postmodern literature and race. New York, U.S.A. : Cambridge University Press. pp. 279-294. ISBN 9781107042483

Upstone, Sara (2014) 'Footprints are the only fixed point': Mobilities in Postcolonial Fiction. In: Murray, Lesley and Upstone, Sara, (eds.) Researching and Representing Mobilities: Transdisciplinary Encounters. Basingstoke, U.K. : Palgrave. pp. 39-56. ISBN 9781137346650

Upstone, Sara (2012) (In)fusion and the ‘postcolonial’: Salman Rushdie’s 'Shame' as ethical-political fiction. In: Ghosh, Ranjan, (ed.) Romancing theory, riding interpretation: (in)fusion approach, Salman Rushdie. New York, U.S. : Peter Lang. pp. 132-148. ISBN 9781433112607

Rowe, Anne and Upstone, Sara (2012) Iris Murdoch, Ian McEwan and the place of the political in contemporary fiction. In: Rowe, Anne and Horner, Avril, (eds.) Iris Murdoch: texts and contexts. Basingstoke, U.K. : Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 59-73. ISBN 9780230348288

Upstone, Sara (2012) Representation and realism: Monica Ali’s 'Brick Lane'. In: Ahmed, Rehana , Morey, Peter and Yaquin, Amina, (eds.) Culture, diaspora and modernity in Muslim writing. Routledge. pp. 164-179. (Routledge research in postcolonial literatures) ISBN 9781136473395

Upstone, Sara (2012) The history house: the magic of contained space in Arundhati Roy’s 'The God of Small Things'. In: Ghosh, Ranjan and Navarro-Tejero, Antonia, (eds.) Globalizing dissent: essays on Arundhati Roy. Abingdon, U.K. : Routledge. pp. 71-79. (Routledge Studies in Social and Political Thought, no. 59) ISBN 9780415995597

Teverson, Andrew and Upstone, Sara (2011) Introduction. In: Teverson, Andrew and Upstone, Sara, (eds.) Postcolonial spaces: the politics of place in contemporary culture. Basingstoke, U.K. : Palgrave Macmilan. pp. 1-13. ISBN 9780230252257

Upstone, Sara (2010) 9/11, British Muslims, and popular literary fiction. In: Birkenstein, Jeff , Froula, Anna and Randell, Karen, (eds.) Reframing 9/11: film, popular culture and the "War on Terror". London, U.K. : Continuum. pp. 35-44. ISBN 9781441111326

Conference or Workshop Item

Upstone, Sara (2014) JRR Tolkien and the Great War. In: Kingston Connections 2014; 21 - 29 Jun 2014, Kingston upon Thames, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Upstone, Sara (2013) Past is future: Utopian diasporic histories in contemporary British fiction. In: History, postcolonialism and tradition: The Postcolonial Studies Association conference 2013; 12 - 13 Sep 2013, Kingston Upon Thames, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Upstone, Sara (2013) Planetary (post)humanism in Neil Gaiman's 'Anansi boys'. In: Being Beyond Boundaries: Dissolving (species) Hierarchy in Contemporary Culture; 05 Oct 2013, Kingston Upon Thames, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Upstone, Sara [Speaker] (2009) Can literature save the world? In: Kingston Reader's Festival; 23 Apr - 22 May 2009, Kingston upon Thames, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Upstone, Sara (2007) From postcolonial to British Asian: public and private space in Monica Ali's Brick Lane. In: Colonial and postcolonial spaces; 06 - 07 Sep 2007, Kingston upon Thames, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Upstone, Sara (2005) Preoccupied with the past: negotiations of migrant London in Zadie Smith's 'White teeth' and Monica Ali's 'Brick Lane'. In: Literary London 2005 : Representations of London in literature; 14-16 July 2005, Kingston Upon Thames, U.K.. (Unpublished)

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