PD Dr. Melissa Kennedy

Professorin für englische Kultur- und Literaturwissenschaft


Telefon: +43 732 7470 7428
Büro: Room 343, 3rd floor, from stairs to the left
Adresse: Kaplanhofstraße 40 4020 Linz ÖSTERREICH
Sprechzeiten: Weds 11:30-12:30 or by appointment

Areas of interest

  • Literary Economics
  • Postcolonial and other Anglophone cultures and literatures
  • Indigenous cultures and literatures
  • EFL Pedagogy of literature and culture studies 
  • Innovations in narrative form and function

Current Research Projects

  • 2018-2022    PHOÖ Storying Our World: Literary and Pedagogical Perspectives on 
    Human Economics (Principal Investigator)
  • 2019-2023    DFG Scientific Network Methodologies of Economic Criticism (contributing member)
  • 2020-2024    PHOÖ The ABC Approach to Literature in the Classroom (Principal Investigator)

Supervision (University of Vienna & PHOÖ)
B.A., B.Ed., M.A., PhD in English Culture, Literature and Literary Pedagogy 

Teaching (B.A., B.Ed., M.A. University of Vienna & PHOÖ)

      Literary Economics

  • Imagined economies; narratives for 21st Century; the financial crisis 
  • Representing wealth and poverty in fiction, documentary and film 
  • Capital fictions of London and New York
  • Ecocriticism; resistance and protest

     Postcolonial Literatures and Cultures 

  • Indigenous; Australasian, New Zealand and Pacific Literature
  • Multicultural London; immigrant fiction

     Literary Pedagogy

  • Young Adult literature; World fiction youth identity 
  • Literature and Culture in the EFL Classroom
  • Comics and computer games in EFL



  • 2016    University of Vienna Venia Docendi, Habilitation in English Literature and Culture. Habilitationsschrift: “Postcolonial Economics: Reading Inequality in Colonial, Neocolonial, and Neoliberal Capitalism”
  • 2005-2007    University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand and Université de Bourgogne, Dijon, France Ph.D. in international cotutelle. Thesis title: “Striding Both Worlds’: Witi Ihimaera and Cross-Cultural Influence in Maori Writing’    
  • 2003-2004    Université de Bourgogne, Dijon, France DEA, Diplôme d’Etudes Approfondies, (Equivalent Masters)
  • 2002-2003    Faculté des Lettres, Arts et  Sciences Humaines, Nice, France Maîtrise d’Anglais (Equivalent Honours)
  • 1998        International House, London, UK CELTA, Cambridge University Certificate in English Language Training
  • 1996-1998    University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand Bachelor of Arts in Literature and Linguistics


  • Since 2018    University of Education Upper Austria, Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures Professor of English Literature and Cultural Studies
  • 2017-2018    Johannes Kepler University, Linz, Centre for Language Studies Part-time External Lecturer in Literature and Culture and Media Studies
  • 2015-2018    University of Passau, Chair of English Studies Part-time External Lecturer in Literature and Culture and Media Studies
  • 2012 –        University of Vienna, Institute of English and American Studies Part-time External Lecturer in Literature and Culture and Media Studies; Visiting Professor Winter semester 2016-2017; Privatdozentin and postgraduate supervisor from 2017
  • 2008-2012    Nagoya University of Commerce and Business, Japan Assistant Professor of English and Culture and Media Studies, Faculty of Intercultural Communication
  • 2004—2007     Inlingua, Dijon, France English as a Foreign Language senior teacher and teacher trainer
  • 2002—2005     University of Technology, Nice Côte d’Azur and Dijon External lecturer, English for Academic Purposes
  • 2000—2002     Faculté des lettres, Nice Sophia-Antipolis, France Teaching Assistant Department of English
  • 2000—2002    International House London, Istanbul, Nice Teacher EFL, English for Academic Purposes, Business English 

Single-Authored Monograph    

Narratives of Inequality: Postcolonial Literary Economics. Palgrave Macmillan:  London, (Fall 2017)

Striding Both Worlds: Witi Ihimaera and New Zealand Literary Tradition. (Amsterdam &
New York: Rodopi, 2011). 
            Reviewed in:
            Alistair Fox, “Literary Contradictions”, New Zealand Books (Spring 2014: 12-13).
            Peter H. Marsden, Review, Postcolonial Text, Vol 6. No 4 (2011)
            Chris Prentice, “Rearticulating Politics and/as Aesthetics”, Journal of New Zealand Literature                    No.29:1 (2011: 154-159).
            Lydia Wevers, Review, Journal of Postcolonial Writing Vol. 49:1 (February 2013: 114-116).

Co-editor with Helga Ramsey-Kurz, Uncommon Wealths in Postcolonial Fiction. Leiden & 
    Boston: Brill, December 2017.

Co-editor with Janet Wilson, Pacific Critiques of Globalization special issue of Interventions 
Journal of Postcolonial Studies
. Vol 19, no. 7, December 2017. 

Sole editor, IAFOR Journal of Literature and Librarianship. International Academic Forum

(IAFOR) open-access e-publications

    Interpretative Encounters Vol. 2.1 (Spring 2013).
    Journeys of Discovery Vol. 1.1 (Spring 2012).

Co-editor with J. George Nagoya University of Commerce and Business Journal of 
    Language, Culture and Communication
Vol. 12.1 (Fall 2010) –Vol. 14.2 (Spring ‘13).

Book Chapters
“Imaginary Economies: Narratives for the Twenty-First Century.” Imagined Economies – 
Real Fictions. New Perspectives on Economic Thinking in Great Britain
, edited by Jessica Fischer and Gesa Stedman, Bielefeld: Transcript, May 2020. 

 “How to be Rich, Popular, and Have It All: Conflicted Attitudes to Wealth and Poverty in
Post-Crisis Fiction.” In Uncommon Wealths in Postcolonial Fiction. Eds., Ramsey-Kurz & Kennedy. Leiden & Boston: Brill, December 2017. 287-304.
“Economic Inequality in Postcolonial Fiction” in The Bloomsbury Introduction to 
Postcolonial Writing
: New Contexts, New Narratives, New Debates, ed., Jenni Ramone. (London: Bloomsbury, 2017, 53-69). 

“Approaches to Teaching Witi Ihimaera” in MLA Options for Teaching on Australian/New 
Zealand Literature
. (New York: MLA, 2017, 55-66). 

“The Postcolonial Slum” in Re-Inventing the Postcolonial (in the) Metropolis, Cross/Cultures
Readings in the Post/Colonial Literatures in English, ASNEL papers (Leiden & Boston: Brill, 2016, 3-16). 

“The Māori Renaissance” in A Cambridge History of New Zealand Literature, ed., Mark
Williams. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016: 277-288).  

“Urban Poverty and Homelessness in the international Postcolonial World”, in 
Postcolonialism: Globalization, Labour, and Rights, ed., Janet Wilson, Pavan Malreddy, Birte Heidemann, and Ole Birk Laursen. (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015: 57-71). 

“Ökonomische Ungleichheiten im postkolonialen Slum” in Just Politics? - Ökokritische 
Perspektiven im postkolonialen Raum
, ed., Lina Fricke, Anna von Rath, Elisabeth Nechutnys, Christoph Senf. Transl. Svenja Gelfert. (Münster: Unrast Verlag, 2014: 43-57).

“The Englishness of Maori Writing” in Diasporic Subjectivity and Cultural Brokering 
in Contemporary Post-Colonial Literatures
, ed. Igor Maver. (Rowman and Littlefield: Maryland, 2009: 101-113).

Journal Articles
Reading Like Economists to Reimagine the Humanities.” Studia Neophilologica, vol. 92, no. 
1, Spring 2020.

“Maori Economic Inequality: Reading Outside Our Comfort Zone.” All that Glitters Is Not 
Gold: Pacific Critiques of Globalization
, special issue of Interventions: Journal of Postcolonial Studies, vol. 19, no. 7, 2017, pp. 1011-1025. 

“Language, Pictures, Sounds: the Many Lives of Little Red Riding Hood”, in Lit Matters: The 
Liberlit Journal of Teaching Literature
. Vol. 1.2, (May 2016, 178-195). 

“Early Ainu and Maori postcolonial theatre: Postman Heijiro and Te Raukura”, in Journal of 
Postcolonial Writing
Vol. 50.3 (May 2014: 329-340). 

“The Call of the West Coast and the Reality of Rain”, in Journal of New Zealand Literature 
    No. 32     (Nov. 2013: 74-94).

“All Our Pasts before Us: Hamish Clayton’s Wulf”, in Journal of New Zealand Literature 
    No. 31     (March 2013: 150-172).

“Theoretical Encounters: Postcolonial Studies in East Asia”, in IAFOR Journal of Literature 
    and Librarianship
Vol. 2.1 (Spring 2013: 7-16).

 “Literary Journeys and Journeys in Literature”, Introduction in IAFOR Journal of Literature 
    and Librarianship
Vol. 1.1 (Spring 2012: 4-9). 

“New Directions in Postcolonial Studies” in NUCB Journal of Language, Culture and 
Vol. 13.2 (Spring 2012: 3-12).

“Contemporary Tradition: Reconfiguring Ainu Identity in Modern Japan.” NUCB Journal of 
    Language, Culture and Communication. Vol. 10.2 (Spring 2009: 37-45).

“Inside the text: The private side of Maori writing” in Journal of Postcolonial Writing. Vol. 
    45.1 (2009: 61-69). 

“Are you for Real? Witi Ihimaera’s Eidolon Camouflage.”  Moving Worlds: A Journal of 
    Transcultural Writings
. Vol. 8(2), 2008.

“How Maori Culture Won the West.” Les Cahiers du CICLaS. No. 11, April 2007.

“Jennifer Lawn, Neoliberalism and cultural transition in New Zealand literature, 1984‒2008: 
Market fictions” in Journal of Postcolonial Writing. (Online January 2017). 

“John Marx, Geopolitics and the Anglophone Novel,1890–2011” in Journal of Postcolonial 
. (June 2014: 748-49). 

“Neil Lazarus, The Postcolonial Unconscious” in Journal of Postcolonial Writing. Vol. 48, 
    No. 2, (May 2012: 219–232). 

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