Faculty of Business, Humanities and Social Sciences | School of Humanities and Social Sciences | English and Digital Media

Dr Setara Pracha

Visiting Lecturer

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Lecturer in English Literature and Language, Admissions Tutor

Setara Pracha was the first postgraduate Ondaatje Scholar at Massey College, University of Toronto, where she specialised in postcolonial studies for her Master’s degree. Since taking up her lectureship in the English and Digital Media Department at Buckingham, she has taught across a wide range of modules and she now supervises a variety of postgraduate projects. Her research interests lie in the area of difference: the writing of gender, diasporic literature, and twentieth-century literature reflecting the complexity, comedy, and cross-cultural fertilisation of Hybridity. Her writing features in ‘Diaspora and Cultural Negotiations: The Films of Gurinder Chadha‘ and ‘Diaspora Poetics and Homing in South Asian Women’s Writing: Beyond Trishanku‘. Her second area of research interest is literature by South Asian British immigrants and she has published articles on Moniza Alvi, Gurindha Chadha and Meera Syal. Before entering academe, she worked in retail, PR, and publishing. Her book of round-breaking research entitled The Pathology of Desire in Daphne du Maurier’s Short Stories was published by Lexington in 2023.


  • BA in English Literature, University of Buckingham
  • MA, University of Toronto
  • CELTA (Oxford)
  • Fellow of the HEA
  • DPhil, University of Buckingham

Teaching Expertise

  • Literature and Gender
  • Diasporic Literature
  • 20th-century Literature
  • Dissertation supervision

Research Interests

  • The transgressive in 20th-century fiction
  • Daphne du Maurier
  • Literature by and reflecting the experience of second-generation British immigrants

Contact Details

  • Tel: +44 (0)1280 820273

Selected Publications

  • Setara Pracha, The Pathology of Desire in Daphne du Maurier’s Short Stories (15 Jan 2023)
  • Setara Pracha, “Apples and pears: Symbolism and influence in Daphne du Maurier’s ‘The Apple Tree’ and Katherine Mansfield’s ‘Bliss’ “, in C. Hanson, G. Kimber & W.T. Martin (eds), Katherine Mansfield and Psychology (Edinburgh University Press, 2016)
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