Melanie Otto is Lecturer in Postcolonial Literatures at Trinity College Dublin. Her main research interest is in the areas of Caribbean and New Zealand writing. In 2003 she completed a PhD in English at Swansea University. In 2009 she published a monograph on the work of Kamau Brathwaite with Africa World Press. Melanie is interested in any aspect of creolization, the writings of Lafcadio Hearn, Jean Rhys, and Kate Chopin. She has published articles and book chapters on Caribbean as well as New Zealand writing.