About our Researchers

 Esther Pujolràs i Noguer

Esther Pujolràs i Noguer is a Serra-Húnter Fellow in postcolonial literature at the Universitat de Lleida. She is the coordinator of the Doctorate Programme of the Faculty of Arts at UdL.

Her research interests revolve around the convergence of gender and ethnicity, the representation of trauma and the construction of whiteness. She has published extensively on Indian Ocean writers such as Abdulrazak Gurnah and M.G. Vassanji and she is the co-editor of Relations and Networks in South African Indian Writing published by Brill-Rodopi. She has also conducted creative writing workshops aimed at helping victims of gender violence to overcome their traumas at the premises of Isis-WICCE and Femrite, Kampala, Uganda. The most recent creative writing workshop she led was held at the University of Mauritius and its objective was to create an archive of Chagossian stories in an attempt to visualize the plea of the Chagossian community which throughout history has been relegated to a perennial position as “Other”. She has recently begun to analyse “whiteness” in crime writing.


“As Always … a Painful Declaration of Independence: Re-Imagining Mother Africa in the Writings of Ama Ata Aidoo”. Afriqana. Soria: Servicio de Publicaciones de la Diputación Provincial de Soria, 2011. Pp.43-62. ISBN: 8496695-62-X.

“En-gendering the Nation: Mother Africa and the Female Body in Ayi Kwei Armah’s “An African Fable” and Ama Ata Aidoo’s “Everything Counts”. Eds. Mireia Calafell i Aina Pérez. Barcelona: UOC, 2011. Pp.  303-314. ISBN: 978-84-9788-470-9.

An African (Auto) Biography. Ama Ata Aidoo’s Literary Quest. Saarbrücken, Germany: Lap Lambert Academic Publishing GmbH & Co, 2012. ISBN: 978-3-8484-9815-4.

“Postcolonial Encounters. Re-reading Empire in the Noughties: Rang de Basanti and Even the Rain. Reviewing Imperial Conflict. Ed. Maria Cristina Mendes. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2014. Pp. 107-121. ISBN: 978-1-4438-5493-1.

“The Scramble for Home: World War I in the East African Imagination”. Writings of Persuasion and Dissonance in the Great War. That Better Whiles May Follow Worse. Eds. David Owen and Cristina Pividori. Leiden & Boston: Brill Rodopi, 2015. Pp. 155-172. ISBN: 978-90-04-31491-7.

“Between Memory and Desire: The Historical Novel as a Shadow Genre in Abdulrazak Gurnah’s Desertion”. CLIO: a Journal of Literature, History, and the Philosophy of History. 45.1 (2015): 41-66.

“Sissie’s Odyssey: Literary Exorcism in Ama Ata Aidoo’s Our Sister Killjoy”. The Novel and Europe. Imagining the Continent in Post-1945 Fiction. Ed. Andrew Hammond. London: Palgrave MacMillan, 2016. Pp. 129-142. ISBN: 978-1-137-52626-7.

“At the Crossroads of Nowhere and Everywhere: Home, Nation and Space in Shamim Sarif’s The World Unseen”. Relations and Networks in South African Indian Writing. Eds. Felicity Hand & Esther Pujolràs-Noguer. Leiden & Boston: Brill Rodopi, 2018. Pp. 107-121. ISBN: 978-90-04-36496-7.

“Desiring/Desired Bodies. Miscegenation and Romance in Abdulrazak Gurnah’s Desertion”, Critique. Studies in Contemporary Fiction, 59:5, 2018: 596-608. https://doi.org/10.1080/00111619.2018.1459456.

“Imperially White and Male. Colonial Masculinities in M.G. Vassanji’s The Book of Secrets (1994) and Abdulrazak Gurnah’s Desertion (2005), 21:1, 2019: 131-149. https://doi.org/10.1080/1369801X.2018.1487323.

Pujolràs-Noguer, Esther & Felicity Hand, In/Visible Traumas: Healing, Loving, Writing, Kampala: Femrite, 2019. ISBN: 978-9970-480-16-6.

«She Was such an Exotic Creature’. Feeding the Orientatlist Machine: Agatha Christie’s Murder in Mesopotamia. Crime Fiction Studies. 2.2 (2021): 121-136. https://doi.org/10.3366/cfs.2021.0042.