Dr Rachel Douglas

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Rachel Douglas was appointed Lecturer in French at the University of Glasgow in October 2013, after six years as Lecturer in Francophone Postcolonial Studies at the University of Liverpool. She studied at the University of Oxford, Somerville College (BA Hons), the University of Edinburgh (MSc and PhD), and at the École normale supérieure in Paris.

A specialist on Haiti and the Caribbean, Dr Douglas is author of Frankétienne and Rewriting: A Work in Progress (2009), and is currently completing a monograph, provisionally entitled C.L.R. James’s ‘The Black Jacobins’: Rewriting the Haitian Revolution, funded by an Arts and Humanities Research Council Early Career Fellowship. She has published widely on Caribbean literature and film in French and English; on questions of rewriting, autotranslation and the literary in postcolonial contexts; on postcolonial visual cultures, and on Caribbean writers including Frankétienne, Dany Laferrière, C.L.R. James, Marie Chauvet, Kamau Brathwaite, Maryse Condé, Derek Walcott, and Édouard Glissant.

Dr Douglas recently hosted two extremely successful events in Glasgow and Edinburgh to mark the visit of Haiti's major writer and artist Frankétienne, 17–21 March 2014, which showcased his outstanding visual, verbal, dramatic and acoustic art. More information here: http://talkingabouthaiti.wordpress.com/.

She also hosted three prominent black history month events across two cities, Liverpool and Glasgow: The first performance since 1936 of precursor to C.L.R. James's classic history of the Haitian revolution The Black Jacobins, which started life as a play with Paul Robeson in the lead; 'The Black Jacobins Revisited: Rewriting History Conference', 27–28 October 2013, International Slavery Museum and the Bluecoat, Liverpool, and the 'Talking About Haiti' workshop, 29 October 2013, University of Glasgow.

Professional Memberships

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Society for Postcolonial Studies (Executive Committee member)
Haiti Support Group (Executive Committee member)
Society for French Studies
Society for the Study of French History
Association for the Study of Modern & Contemporary France


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