Demi is a Research Associate in English at Loughborough, working on the international research project ‘Women and the Making of Ulysses’. The project aims to generate impact from a major exhibition at the Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas, to raise public awareness of the involvement of women and the LGBTQ+ community in the realization of James Joyce’s famed masterpiece.
Before beginning this role in 2021, Demi received her MA in English Literature from the University of Warwick. She is currently completing her PhD in English at Loughborough University, having accepted a fully funded research studentship in 2018.
Demi is a member of the English division’s Contemporary Literature and Culture research group. She has served as the Postgraduate and Diversity Officer for the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment, UK and Ireland since June 2021.
PhD Title/ Topic: Locating the “Climate Refugee”: Environmental Displacement and World Literature
In her role as a Research Associate upon ‘Women and the Making of Ulysses’, Demi considers the intersections between Modernist literary production, gender, and sexuality.
Her doctoral research examines contemporary depictions of environmental displacement in world literature. She is particularly interested in climate-fiction by authors from nations vulnerable to climate change and the ways in which these works of literature respond to the notion of climate refugeehood. Demi has previously published research upon women’s writing, migrant states of exception, and knowledge production in 20th and 21st century world literature.
Demi has taught at Loughborough since 2019, with particular expertise in literary and critical theory, including ecocriticism, Marxism, postcolonialism, and world literature. She was accredited as a Fellow of Advance HE (FHEA) in 2020.
- (Forthcoming) Demi Wilton, ‘“We are the Dispossessed”: Displacement, Knowledge Production, and Bare Life in West Bengali Climate Fiction’, Parallax, 27.4
- (Forthcoming) Demi Wilton and Jennifer Cooke, ‘Migration, Maids, and Manila: Feminist Approaches to Filipina Literature’, in Intersectional Feminist Methodologies: Applications in the Social Sciences and Humanities, ed. by Jennifer Cooke and Line Nyhagen (London: Routledge)
- Demi Wilton, ‘Review: Justyna Poray-Wybranowska, Climate Change, Ecological Castastrophe and the Contemporary Postcolonial Novel’, ISLE, 28.3
- Demi Wilton, ‘Epochal Ecopoetics’, New Formations, 98 (2020), 187-88
- Demi Wilton, ‘1950s Migration in the Terai Region of Nepal’, in CLISEL’s Geo-Archive, ed. by Marco Armeiro, Roberta Biasillo, and Ethemcan Turner (2018)