I am quite the nomad, having grown up in in three different continents and six different countries. I call the UK my home now, and Manchester is certainly my hometown. I have lived here longer than anywhere ever, and the Manc attitude suits me just fine. Although I may not sound it, I am actually Australian-Bangladeshi. I like to think that I have had many hometowns, and am very attached to my wandering lifestyle - it has brought me a world of adventure.
My personal interests luckily dovetail with my work - I love reading and absolutely cannot do without movies. I occasionally knit things and travelling is less of an interest and more of a way of life for me. I'm probably happiest at an airport. Any airport will do.
I am a lecturer in contemporary postcolonial and world literature generally, more specifically I look at representations of food and hunger in literature and film. I love reading and watching movies, and was determined to make a career out of doing it, so I find myself in the lucky position of doing both and having the great pleasure of being able to share this love with young energetic students, who remind me that there are always people in the world who are excited, uncynical and ready to learn about anything and everything.
Many students I have taught by will tell you that I love teaching and I really enjoy my time in the classroom and lecture theatre. My approach is laid back but firm - I do believe students respond well to being challenged and occasionally put on the spot. I always strive to build a clear and collegial classroom identity, which helps students participate and enjoy the learning process. I am also always up for innovative class exercises and methods, and seek to continuously reinvigorate my pedagogic process with new ideas.
University of York: BA in English and Related Liteartures
University of Manchester: MA in Post-1900s Theories, Literatures and Cultures
University of Manchester: PhD in Postcolonial Literature and Writing
University of Manchester: Graduate Teaching Assistant 2009-2012
University of Lincoln: Lecturer 2013-2015
International Centre for Climate Change and Development, Dhaka Bangladesh: 2015-2016
English and Bangla
The study of world literature is incredibly important in our ever increasingly globalized world. I hope that students gain valuable international perspective in their study of literature, writing and film from countries and cultures outside of the usual British/western canon. It is vital these world texts are read alongside more familiar texts in order to recuperate historical narratives that may be hidden or covered over by more dominant understandings of how the world works and how it became that way, especially when important contexts such as colonialization and imperialism are involved. We all live in a world built on the back of these historical manoeuvres, we can glean a better understanding of current affairs, politics, culture and society if we place the literature and art we create in the light of this complex socio-historical matrix of conditions and realities.
Level 5 - American Spaces
Level 6 - Reading and Writing Childrens Literature and Texting Britain, Texting the World
MA - Space
M. Rahman (2018). “Covert Communications: Food in Transition in Ritesh Batra’s The Lunchbox.”. Journal of Postcolonial Writing. 54(4), pp.484-497.
M. Rahman (2014). Bodily Secrets: The History of the Starving Body in Tsitsi Dangarembga's Nervous Conditions. Forum for Modern Language Studies. 50(3), pp.275-288.