- African literatures and cultures and World Literature
- The novel: histories and theories
- Literature and space-time
- Literature and its social functions
- Forms and genres
Accepting applications from PhD students.
Ranka Primorac is interested in how the novel as a genre transmits and refracts critical engagements with modernity; in how various circuits of this genre’s circulation have attracted different forms of economic, social and cultural capital; and in how critical perceptions of the novel’s aesthetic value have become ethically inflected. At the centre of her research interest is the African novel in English. Her first monograph, The Place of Tears: The Novel and Politics in Modern Zimbabwe (2006) charts the formal decolonisation of Zimbabwe via the novel’s engagement with the social production of space-time. She is currently at work on a second, provisionally titled The Queues of Limitless Hope, to do with representations of modern subjectivity in times of social crisis in Southern Africa.
Ranka's BA, Master's and PhD degreeds were awarded by the universities of Zagreb, Zimbabwe, and Nottingham Trent respectively. She was permanently appointed as a Lecturer at Southampton in 2010, and became an Associate Professor in 2022.