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Katherine Hallemeier

160210 140850

Assistant Professor
PhD, Queen's University

 Areas of Interest & Expertise

  • Postcolonial literature and theory
  • Contemporary Anglophone African fiction
  • Studies in cosmopolitanism and human rights
  • Affect and emotion

Recent Upper Division & Graduate Courses Taught

  • ENGL 5680: The Affects of Anglophone African Fiction
  • ENGL 3190: Contemporary African Fiction
  • ENGL 4340: Postcolonial Literature and Human Rights

Selected Publications 


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

Recent Articles

"An Art of Hunger: Gender and the Politics of Food Distribution in Zakes Mda's South Africa." Journal of Commonwealth Literature. Available online 2016.

“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. 

“Humanitarianism 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).

Book Review

Review of Approaches to Teaching Coetzee's Disgrace and Other Works. Eds. Laura Wright, Jane Poyner, and Elleke Boehmer. Canadian Journal of African Studies / Revue canadienne des études africaines. 51.2 (2017): 322-24.

Recent Conference Presentations

"Humanitarianism, Affect, and Worldliness in NoViolet Bulawayo's We Need New Names." Dislocations and Dispossessions: Transnational Perspectives on Crossborder Migration and Human (In)security. Annual Meeting of the ACLA, University of Utrecht, 6-9 Jul. 2017.

"Women's Willful Memories: Breaking Laws and Breaking Silences in Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor's Dust." Willing a Feminist World: Law and Gendered Agency in Contemporary Literature. Association for the Study of Law, Culture, and the Humanities Conference, Stanford University, 31 Mar. 2017.

"American English and Anglophone Literature." Anglophone Literature Among Other Languages. MLA Annual Convention Philadelphia, PA, 5-8 Jan. 2017.

"Circulating Non-developmental Time in Pan-Africanist Fiction of Nigeria." Annual Meeting fo the African Studies Association, Washington DC, 1-3 Dec. 2016. 

Current Research & Projects

"African Dreams of America: Reading Futurity in Contemporary Anglophone African Literature." (Book manuscript in progress).