Upcoming Events




01/31/2018 5:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Katherine Hallemeier

160210 140850

Assistant Professor
PhD, Queen's University

 Areas of Interest & Expertise

  • Anglophone African fiction
  • Studies in globalization and cosmopolitanism
  • Postcolonial literature and theory
  • Affect and emotion

Recent Upper Division & Graduate Courses Taught

  • ENGL 4400: South African Fiction
  • ENGL 4320: Postmodernism and Postcolonial Fiction 

Selected Publications 


J.M. Coetzee and the Limits of Cosmopolitanism. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.

Articles and Chapters

"An Art of Hunger: Gender and the Politics of Food Distribution in Zakes Mda's South Africa." Journal of Commonwealth Literature. Forthcoming.

“J.M. Coetzee’s Literature of Hospice.”  MFS: Modern Fiction Studies 62.3 (2016): 481-98. 

"'To Be from the Country of People Who Gave': National Allegory and the United States of Adichie's Americanah." Studies in the Novel 27.2 (2015): 231-45. 

“Human Rights and the Humanity of Readers in FEMRITE’s True Life Stories.” English Studies in Africa 57.2 (2014): 57-68.

"Literary Cosmopolitanisms in Teju Cole's Every Day is for the Thief and Open City." ARIEL 44.2-3 (2013): 239-50. (Appeared 2014). 

"Sympathy and Cosmopolitanism: Affective Limits in Cosmopolitan Theory.” Culture, Theory and Critique 54.1 (2013): 88-101. 

“Anne Brontë’s Shameful Agnes Grey.” Victorian Literature and Culture 41.2 (2013): 251-60.

“Sympathetic Shame in J.M. Coetzee’s Disgrace and Diary of a Bad Year.” Postcolonial Audiences: Readers, Viewers and Reception. Eds. Bethan Benwell, James Proctor, and Gemma Robinson. London and New York: Routledge, 2012. 222-33. 

“Writing Hybridity: The Theory and Practice of Autobiography in Rey Chow’s ‘The Secrets of Ethnic Abjection’ and Brian Castro’s Shanghai Dancing.” Antipodes: A Global Journal of Australian/New Zealand Literature 25.2 (2011): 123-28.

“Secular Study and Suffering: J.M. Coetzee’s ‘The Humanities in Africa.’” scrutiny2: Issues in English Studies in Southern Africa 16.1 (2011): 42-52. 

“Ethics and the Nonhuman: J.M. Coetzee’s The Lives of Animals and Disgrace.” Proteus: A Journal of Ideas 24.1 (2007): 31-36.

Recent Conference Presentations

"Pan-African Precarity in A Squatter's Tale and GraceLand." Memory, Testimony, Precarity. Conference of the Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies, Stellenbosch University, 11-15 Jul. 2016.

"The Deep State in Nigerians in Space." The Dictator Novel International. Modern Language Association Annual Convention, Austin, TX, 7-10 Jan. 2016.

"The Bureaucracy of Compassion in Farming Ashes." Reading Human Rights. Affect Theory: Worldings/Tensions/Futures. Millersville University, Lancaster, PA, 14-17 Oct. 2015.

"Collective Development in Zakes Mda's Heart of Redness." Conference of the Canadian Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies, University of Ottawa, 30 May-1 Jun. 2015.

Current Research & Projects

I am currently researching representations of the American dream in contemporary Anglophone African fiction.