Joseph Genchi

Joseph Genchi


In 2017, I graduated from Leeds Beckett University with a First Class Honours degree in English Literature. In my final year, I was awarded the Sarah Holt Memorial Prize for my dissertation.

Following this, I studied English Literature at Masters level at the University of Leeds, focusing on modern and contemporary texts. During this time I wrote my dissertation on postcolonial and development studies in relation to the writing of Nigerian author Chris Abani. I graduated in 2018 with a distinction. 

I returned to the University in October 2019 to begin doctoral studies. My project is funded by the White Rose College of Arts and Humanities. 

Research interests

I am exploring how African American artists utilise the tropes and aesthetics of the horror genre to respond to the contemporary political moment of the Black Lives Matter era. Analysing these texts through the lens of Afropessimism, I argue that horror tropes are particularly useful in representing the reality of past and present racial terror in the United States because to be black in America is essentially to exist within a horror narrative. 

More broadly, my research interests include popular culture, postcolonial studies, contemporary fiction, postmodernism and metafiction, and cinema. 


‘Indigenous “Authenticity” in Thomas King’s Truth and Bright Water’. WRoCAH Journal, 5 (2019).


‘Becoming Elvis: The child, the nation, and development in Graceland by Chris Abani’. School of English MA Conference: Writing and the Other, University of Leeds (June 2018).


WRoCAH Doctoral Studentship, Arts & Humanities Research Council (2019).

Sarah Holt Memorial Prize for Best Dissertation, Leeds Beckett University (2017).


  • MA in English Literature (Modern & Contemporary) at University of Leeds
  • BA in English Literature at Leeds Beckett University