Transcultural Adoption and Postcolonial Writing – 21/2/17

We are very excited to announce that the next session of the Postcolonial & World Literatures & Cultures Reading Group will feature Guest Speaker, Professor John McLeod, a leading expert in the field of Postcolonial and Diaspora Literatures in the School of English at the University of Leeds. This is an excellent opportunity for attendees to learn more about Professor McLeod’s current research, as well as current developments within the field.

Professor McLeod’s presentation, ‘Transcultural Adoption and Postcolonial Writing’ will give a detailed sense of his recent book Life Lines and its intellectual horizon. This will be followed by a Q&A / open-floor discussion of the ideas and concepts engaged with in this presentation.

Suggested reading for this session includes “Adoption and Essentialism” by Margaret Homans and ‘Adoption Aesthetics’ by John McLeod from the just-published Cambridge Companion to British Black and Asian Literature, 1945-2010, ed. Deirdre Osborne, (CUP 2016). I would ask those of you who plan to attend the reading group to contact me via email for a copy of this reading material. My email address is

A prominent figure in the field of transcultural writing, representations of adoption, theories of postcolonialism and transculturation, Professor McLeod is also currently a member of the editorial board of the international journal Adoption and Culture.

His recent book Life Lines: Writing Transcultural Adoption (Bloomsbury, 2015) ‘explores fiction, film and memoir writing concerning the adoption of children across the lines of culture, race and nation. It attends to the sorry histories of severance and sundering which adoption always exposes, while addressing the transgressive and transformative possibilities which thinking through adoption makes available to all.’ McLeod shapes ‘a new concept of ‘adoptive being’ from these possibilities and explores the new forms of transpersonal relations and modes of personhood that transcultural adoption texts may prefigure beyond the usual lines of biogenetic, racial or cultural filiation.’

This event is open to all!

Date: Tuesday 21 February 2017
Time: 5:15-7pm
Location: Alumni Room, School of English, University of Leeds


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