SOAS University of London

Centre for Cultural, Literary and Postcolonial Studies (CCLPS)

Annie Webster

BA (York) MSc (University of Edinburgh)
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Annie Webster
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Thesis title:
Technologies of Corporeal Memory: Bodily Functions in Contemporary Iraqi Literature
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I completed a BA (Hons) in English and Related Literature at the University of York, where I also studied Arabic language and literature. I gained an MSc in Arab World Studies at the University of Edinburgh. I have also taken various Arabic language courses in the Middle East. My doctoral research at SOAS builds on this interdisciplinary background, looking at contemporary Iraqi literature. I am supported by the Wolfson Foundation.

PhD Research

My research focuses on depictions of human bodies in Iraqi literature since the Iraq War in 2003. It explores the ways in which bodies function in narratives that respond to, or rather intervene in, the biopolitical consequences of the conflict.


‘Al-Bayati, Abdul Wahab’, Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism (2016)

‘Yousef, Saadi’, Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism (forthcoming)

‘From Mirror to Open Window: Reflections on Forugh Farrokhzad’s Poetics’, Lights (Spring 2015) 4 (2): 1-7.

Conference Papers

‘Arabs don’t do Crime Fiction: Writing a Noir, or Neo-Noir, Baghdad’, ‘‘Protect and Serve’: Crime Fiction and Community’, University of Edinburgh 10th July 2015.


Modern Arabic Literature, Posthumanism, Necropolitics, Memory Studies