department of english

114 Swan Hall, 60 Upper College Road, Kingston, RI 02881

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Ryan Trimm

  • Associate Professor, Department Chair
  • 20th Century and Contemporary British Literature and Culture; Film; Postcolonial Theory and Literature; Cultural studies, Theory, and Philosophy
  • Phone: 401.874.5931, Office: 114A Swan Hall
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Ryan Trimm grew up outside Birmingham, Alabama, an experience that accounts for his interest in the role representations of the past serve in articulations of community. His current research focuses on the politics of culture and historical depiction in postimperial British fiction and film. Trimm has written on open air museums and the representation of industry; Peter Greenaway and costume drama adaptations; heritage politics and culture in Britain; countryside and country house as signifiers of Englishness; multicultural Britain and the cultural politics of pastness in Caryl Phillips’s Cambridge; professionalism as extranational community in Kazuo Ishiguro’s The Remains of the Day; and legacies, spirits, and pastiche in Peter Ackroyd’s English Music. His work has appeared in the journals NovelLiterature-Interpretation-Theory, Comparative Literature and Culture, and Politics and Culture, as well as in the collections Postcolonial Whiteness and Culture and the State. Trimm also appeared on the MLA radio program What’s the Word.

At URI, Ryan Trimm teaches courses in modern and contemporary British literature, poetry, postcolonial studies, and film. Recent offerings include courses on the postcolonial politics of the Booker Prize; the historical novel and the ends of history; culture and cinema; Britain between the postmodern and the postcolonial; the fictional genealogy of Charles Dickens and Peter Ackroyd; culture, nation, and metropole in postcolonial theory; apartheid and after in the novels of Nadine Gordimer and J.M. Coetzee; and the heritage film. He also taught at Florida International University in Miami before coming to URI.


Twentieth century and contemporary British literature and culture; film; postcolonial theory and literature; cultural studies, theory and philosophy


  • Ph.D., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • M.A., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • B.A., University of Alabama

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