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
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.
"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.