Nadia Butt

Nadia Butt is Lecture in English in the department of British and American Studies at the University of Giessen, Germany. Having gained her MPhil degree in English at the University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan, in 2003, she completed her PhD in 2009 at the University of Frankfurt, Germany. She is the author of Transcultural Memory and Globalised Modernity in Contemporary Indo-English Novels published in 2015. She has also taught British and Postcolonial literatures at the University of Frankfurt and the University of Muenster.
She has mainly published articles in the area of transcultural literatures in English. Her main areas of research are transcultural theory, memory studies, South Asian Anglophone literatures and travel literatures. Currently, she is working on her post-doctoral project which is based on the experience of travel in nineteenth-century English literature.

Selected Publications:

  • (2016) ‘Tantalizing Alice’: A Classic and its Adaptations. Trier: Wissenschftlicher Verlag. (together with Sissy Helff)

A unique collection of essays by international scholars around the world which give fresh perspectives on the adaptation of a children’s timeless classic; it includes my introduction together with Sissy Helff and my own academic paper.


  • (2015) Transcultural Memory and Globalised Modernity in Contemporary Indo-English Novels.

Berlin: De Gruyter.

A first full-length study which develops the idea of transcultural memory and applies it to the novels in English from India and Pakistan. Invites the reader to think beyond the Eurocentrism of cultural memory and read ‘other’ histories and ‘memories’ from a transcultural perspective.

  • (In print) House as Travelling Concept: Negotiating Domestic Realms of Memory in the Pakistani Television Dramas of Haseena Moin. In: Media and Cultural Memory. Eds. Astrid Erll and Ansgar Nünning.

The paper discusses house as a realm of memory in literature across the world and ages with a special focus on Pakistani TV serial from the 1980s as an important example of house and memory networks.