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Dr Stephanie Jones 

Associate Professor, Co-director of Programmes

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Dr Stephanie Jones is an Associate Professor in English at the University of Southampton.

I hold a BA and an LLB from the Australian National University, and a PhD from Queens' College, Cambridge.

I work on texts about the Indian Ocean, and within the inter-discipline of law and literature. My publications include papers on the poetics of maritime law; fictional and historical piracy and privateering; literary and legal belonging; and East African and South Asian literatures. I am currently writing a book about pirates.

I am a member of the Southampton Marine and Maritime Institute, the Centre for Imperial and Post Colonial Studies, and the Centre for Modern and Contemporary Writing. I am on the board of Wasafiri.

Research interests

I welcome applications for postgraduate study on maritime literature, and/or within the interdisciplinary field of law and literature. I have particular interests in literary and legal narratives of the Indian Ocean, African literatures, literature of the South Asian diaspora, Australian literature, and debates within/between literary theory and jurisprudence.

Research Project

Since 2007, I have been working on a research project entitled The Indian Ocean: narratives in literature and law. This was funded for three years by the Arts and Humanities Research Council Landscape and Environment programme.  The project involved seminar series and conferences, and it continues to produce publications, to expand networks, and to inform the framing of further collaborative research activities.

When this project was first conceived, it was described as 'following' the 'great will for interdisciplinary learning' prompted by the tsunami of December 2004. By 2010, the global public's idea of the Indian Ocean was captivated by narratives of pirates working off the coast of Somalia. But threats to the environment and threats to commerce have long shaped widely circulating stories about this Ocean. My research compares, challenges, and apprehends the significances of historic and current, well-known and obscure stories about this particular geography.  It does so by investigating the poetics of legal writing on this maritime world, and by analysing the striking ways in which Anglophone fiction about the region is marked by a concern with law and lawlessness.

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Book Chapters

My research-led teaching includes a third year modules on Literatures of Islands and Oceans, and Swashbucklers, Cut-throats, Revolutionaries: Five Hundred years of Pirates in English Literature.

I am centrally involved in teaching on our MA programmes for which I run a Special Project in Literature and Law.

Dr Stephanie Jones
Faculty of Arts and Humanities University of Southampton Avenue Campus Highfield Southampton SO17 1BF United Kingdom

Room Number: 65/2167

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