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Dr Eleanor K. Jones BA, MA, PhD

Lecturer in Portuguese and Lusophone Studies

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Following a BA and MA focused on Portuguese-speaking cultures, I specialised in one of the countries of Portuguese-speaking Africa – Mozambique – for my doctoral research. My thesis explored the myriad representations and uses of the body in poetry and prose by six Mozambican authors. During and after my doctorate, completed at the University of Manchester, I also taught courses on cultures from around the Portuguese-speaking world at both Manchester and at the Universities of Sheffield and Birmingham, before joining Southampton in September 2016.

I published the book Battleground Bodies: Gender and Sexuality in Mozambican Literature, in 2017. My current research focus is on the roles of medicine, pathology and disability in Portuguese- and English-speaking African nations. In general, my research interests lie primarily in themes relating to the body, including gender and sex, race, disability, violence, health, disease and mortality.

I am always keen to hear from potential postgraduate students looking for supervision along those thematic lines.





Research interests

My research interests range across the literatures, cultures and histories of the Portuguese-speaking world and Africa more broadly, with a particular focus on themes relating to the body, including gender and sex, race, disability, violence, health, disease and mortality. A large part of my work is concerned with the critical theorisation of those themes, both within my regions of specialisation and beyond. My 2017 monograph, Battleground Bodies: Gender and Sexuality in Mozambican Literature, drew theory from a range of disciplines to explore and compare the myriad representations and uses of the body in poetry and prose by six Mozambican authors: José Craveirinha, Noémia de Sousa, Lília Momplé, Paulina Chiziane, Ungulani Ba Ka Khosa and Suleiman Cassamo. I have also worked on uses of ‘deviant’ sexuality in Portuguese modernist literature. 

My current focus is on the material and symbolic roles of medicine, pathology and disability in the discursive histories, literatures and visual cultures of Portuguese- and English-speaking African nations. From AIDS to ebola, and from famine to FGM, embodied medical crisis is central to Western conceptions of Africa. Critical and comparative analyses of this trope within cultural studies, however, are few and far between. Covering the period between the Berlin Conference (1884) and the present day, I seek to explore how the triangulation of power, pathology and the body has been enacted in various African nations, and how it has been represented and resisted in textual and visual cultures. Of particular interest to me at the moment are the ways in which concepts of futurity and disability fit into this schema.

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I convene and teach the three PORT modules, which are all concerned with the histories, cultures and theorisations of the Portuguese-speaking world – PORT1001 ‘Introduction to the Portuguese-speaking World’; PORT2001 ‘Culture and Society in Portugal, Brazil and Lusophone Africa’; and PORT3006 ‘Encounters with Bodies in Lusophone Cultural Narrative.’ I contribute too to LANG1004 ‘Reading Culture,’ and coordinate the final-year Modern Languages and Linguistics dissertation module, LANG3003.

I also co-convene and teach the cultural theory-based module TRAN6015 ‘Understanding Transnational Studies: Key Concepts,’ and contribute to the cultural studies module TRAN6012 ‘Cultural Flows,’ both of which are part of the interdisciplinary MA Transnational Studies programme.

Dr Eleanor K. Jones
Room 3037
Avenue Campus
Building 65
SO17 1BF

Room Number: 65/3037

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