Crystal Maritta Sam

Research project: Role of Memory in Post 9/11 Muslim Women's Writing


My work seeks to explore how personal memories and storytelling often contradicts and offer multiple perspectives on recorded versions of national histories. In this project I look at the works Mohja Kahf, Nafisa Haji, Laila Halaby and Shaila Abdullah and demonstrate my arguments by looking at the relationships between Place and Memory, Domestic Space and Memory, Food and Memory as well as Body and Memory. The works of the above mentioned Muslim Women Writers in America act as alternative histories to a hyper-mediatised and overly nationalistic narratives around the 9/11 attacks. 

  • Research degree: PhD
  • Title of project: Role of Memory in Post 9/11 Muslim Women's Writing
  • Research supervisor: Professor Sara Upstone
  • Other research supervisor: Dr Meg Jensen


I am a part-time PhD researcher. My research is based on the post 9/11 Muslim Women's Writing and I'm particularly interested in the role of memory and storytelling and looks at how personal memories often intervene and/ or contradict official records of history. 

I am  also invested in Malayalam (my mother-tongue) literature and films.

Areas of research interest

  • Women's Writing
  • Memory
  • Historiographies
  • Postcolonial Writing


  • MA in English, Stella Maris College, Chennai, India
  • BA in English, WCC, Chennai, India