Ryan Trimm

  • Professor
  • Film/Media, English
  • Phone: 401.874.4685
  • Email: trimmrs@uri.edu
  • Office Location: Swan Hall, Rm 175C


Ryan Trimm’s research focuses on contemporary British fiction and film. His book Heritage and the Representation of the Past in Contemporary Britain (Routledge, 2017) traces the rise of heritage as a trope for charting relations with the past and its use in the multicultural society of contemporary Britain. He is currently working on a project examining cultural value and finance.

Trimm has published articles on open air museums and the representation of industry; heritage politics and culture in Britain; hospitality and postimperial fiction; Peter Greenaway and costume drama adaptations; specters in novels by Helen Oyeyemi, Hilary Mantel, and David Mitchell; countryside and country house as signifiers of Englishness; multicultural Britain and the politics of the past; professionalism as extranational community; and legacies and pastiche in Peter Ackroyd; His work has appeared in journals such as Contemporary Literature, Cinema Journal, Poetics Today, Critique, Literature-Interpretation-Theory, Novel, C21 Literature, and the International Journal of Heritage Studies. His essays have also appeared in collections such as Postcolonial Whiteness, Thatcher and After, Haunted Landscapes, and Hanif Kureishi. Trimm also appeared on the MLA radio program What’s the Word.

At URI, Trimm teaches courses in modern and contemporary British literature, poetry, postcolonial studies, postmodernism, and film. Recent offerings include courses on the culture of afterwards; narrative and image; heritage and postmodernity; fiction and film after the Windrush; the afterlife of culture; the fiction of global flows; cinematic adaptations of catastrophe lit; and narrative and image in contemporary Britain. He grew up outside Birmingham, Alabama and taught at Florida International University in Miami before coming to URI. He has served as the Department’s Director of Graduate Studies and as its Chair (two terms). Trimm has a joint appointment with Film Media and works closely with the Center for the Humanities.


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, 2001
  • M.A., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1994
  • B.A., University of Alabama, 1991

Selected Publications

“Spirits in the Material World: Spectral Worlding in David Mitchell’s Novels of Globalization.” Forthcoming, C21 Literature: Journal of 21st-Century Writings.

“Contemporary Fiction and Modernism.” Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Literature. Edited by John Marx. Oxford University Press. http://literature.oxfordre.com/view/10.1093/acrefore/9780190201098.001.0001/acrefore-9780190201098-e-186. 2018.

“Heritage as Trope: Conceptual Etymologies and Alternative Trajectories.” International Journal of Heritage Studies (24:2). 2018: 1-12.

Heritage and the Legacy of the Past in Contemporary Britain. New York: Routledge 2017. Book. 349pp.

“Witching Welcome: Haunting and Postimperial Hospitality in Hilary Mantel and Helen Oyeyemi.” In Haunted Landscapes: Nature, Super-Nature and the Environment. Edited by Niamh Dowling and Ruth Heholt. Rowman & Littlefield, 2016: 59-74.

“Bestowing Past and Future: The Given as Foreclosure in Marion, Derrida, and Nancy.” In special issue of Poetics Today (37.2), “No Futures.” Edited by Alastair Renfrew and Caitríona Ní Dhúill. 2016: 309-326.

‘The Suburbs That Did It’: Hanif Kureishi’s The Buddha of Suburbia and Metropolitan Multicultural Fiction.” In Hanif Kureishi: Contemporary Critical Perspectives. Edited by Susan Alice Fischer. Bloomsbury Press, 2015: 51-67.

“After the Century of Strangers: Resiting Hospitality in White Teeth.” Contemporary Literature, 56:1 (Spring 2015): 145-172.