Assistant Professor

Jaleel Akhtar is Assistant Professor in English Literature at the University of Central Panjab, Lahore. He completed his DPhil from the University of Sussex under the supervision of Maria Lauret and Douglas Haynes in 2015, and MA in Creative and Critical Writing (from Sussex) under the supervision of Nicholas Royle. He is the author of two books Dismemberment in the Fiction of Toni Morrison (nominated for the Toni Morrison Book Award in 2015) and Toni Morrison and the New Black: Reading God Help the Child (Routledge 2018). He has also published essays ̶ most notable one for the Oxford University Press journal Contemporary Women’s Writing, 2018

  • Modernist Fiction Studies.
  • Women’s Writing.
  • Comparative Literature.
  • Introduction to English Literature.
  • Greek and Elizabethan Drama.
  • African-American Literature.


D. Phil English Literature
University of Sussex

M.A Creative and Critical Writing
University of Sussex

University of the Punjab

Bachelor of Education
University of the Punjab

M.A English Literature
University of the Punjab

BA English Literature
Forman Christian College, Lahore

Research Experience

DPhil in English Literature
University of Sussex, UK
Thesis: Dismemberment in the Fiction of Toni Morrison
Supervisors: Professor Maria Lauret and Dr. Douglas Haynes
Examiners: Dr. Jennifer Terry & Pamela Thurschwell
MA Creative and Critical Writing
Thesis: Economies of Narrative: Reading Joseph Conrad’s The End of the Tether with Derrida and Blanchot
Supervisor: Professor Nicholas Royle

Recognition's And Certificates

  • Yoonjeong Kim from University of Haynyang (Seoul) discusses my work on Jazz in her essay ‘Flâneur and Flâneurie in Harlem: Toni Morrison’s Jazz’, published in American Fiction Studies 2018.
  • My book received a plaque by Toni Morrison Society in recognition for its contribution to Toni Morrison studies.
  • I was awarded the honor of being on the list of suggested books by The Society for the Study of Southern Literature.
  • My book is cited on Leeds Becket Repository under the ‘Seminar on Dual Unity and the Phantom‘, Nov 2017.
  • My book receives an honorable mention by Rhone Fraser of Howard University, who discusses the significance of my work in his blog Edifying Debate, dated August 23, 2016.
  • My book gets cited in Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Religion by Craig R. Prentiss in his essay
  • “Race, the Arts, and Religion in America,” in Feb 2017.
  • Luce Irrigaray has put my abstract Touch and Violence: Reading Toni Morrison with Irigaray on her blog WorkingwithIrigaray.
  • My book Dismemberment in the Fiction of Toni Morrison is cited in Oxford Encyclopaedia of Research in Religion.
  • Intermediate Certificate in French, University of Sussex, 2006-07


Recognition Award in Contribution to Toni Morrison Studies by TMS  2015.

Teaching Interests

  • Modern British and American Literature
  • Deconstruction and Writing
  • Psychoanalysis and Writing
  • African-American Literature
  • Slave Narratives
  • Critical Theory
  • Literature and the Uncanny
  • Development of Psyche in Classical Literature
  • South Asian Literature in English


The Toni Morrison Society

Teaching Experience

  1. Assistant Professor, Comsats University, Lahore (since Nov 2016)

Courses Taught

  • Contemporary Women’s Writing
  • Contemporary American Fiction
  • Modern Fiction, Literary Theory and Criticism
  • Postcolonial Fiction

Thesis Supervision

I have supervised postgraduate research theses as diverse as:

  • Multiplicity of Identities in the New Millennium,
  • The New Black Aesthetics,
  • Terrorism in South Asian Fiction,
  • Power Dynamics in Doris Lessing,
  • Hegelian Dialectics in ‘A Mercy,’ and Other-Mothering in Toni Morrison’.

Books And Papers

  • Toni Morrison and the New Black: Reading God Help the Publisher: Routledge, UK (April 2018)
  • Dismemberment in the Fiction of Toni Morrison. Publishers: Cambridge Scholars, UK (2014)
  • Touch: Notes on the Thought of Luce Irigaray, published in CriticalLegalThinking.com
  • Touch and Violence: Reading Morrison’s Jazz with Irigaray,published in the blog WorkingwithLuceIrigaray.
  • Narrative Violence in Toni Morrison’s Jazz published in Journal of Contemporary Poetics.
  • Reviewed ‘Toni Morrison on Mothers and Motherhood’ for an OUP journal Contemporary Women’s Writing.
  • Benjaminian Dialectics of Fashion in Toni Morrison’s God Help the Child, forthcoming in JCP.

Selected conferences and research papers

  • Made a presentation on Considerations for Conducting and Publishing Research at Lahore School of Economics, 16 May, 2017.
  • Presented paper on Shakespeare “Spectres of Hamlet” at Islamic University Islamabad, 30 Dec, 2016.
  • Attended The Seventh Biennial Conference of the Toni Morrison Society “Toni Morrison and Her Role as Editor,” July 21-4, 2016.
  • Participated in Google Presents Toni Morrison: Digital Book Signing, Feb
  • Presented a research paper “Touch and Violence: Reading Toni Morrison’s Jazz with Irigaray” at a weeklong colloquium on Luce Irigaray organised by University of Bristol, June
  • Participated in Enterprisers organised by Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning, University of Cambridge, May 2011.
  • Attended the Translation Project on Derrida’s The Beast and the Sovereign organised by University of Sussex, 2010.
  • Attended the publication ceremony of Nicholas Royle’s novel Quilt organised by University of Sussex, July 2010.
  • Participated in Toni Morrison’s symposium “Toni Morrison: New Directions” organised by Durham Uni University of Durham, June
  • Filmed Helene Cixous’ talk “Philippine: Sweet Prison” organised by University of Sussex, June

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