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

My research concerns postcolonial novels and films that engage with genre, primarily the horror/thriller genre, to explore contemporary cultural anxieties and concerns. Within these texts, genre is deployed to depict the return of the colonial or imperial past in the present. I am interested in how authors and filmmakers recall, retell, and reenact these histories to expose their continuing relevance in the postcolonial present.

More broadly, my research interests include contemporary fiction, postcolonial studies, 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