Upcoming Events

08/08/2018 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Summer 8wk session final grades due
Fall Classes Begin

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

“Neoliberal Crisis and American Dreams of South Africa.” The Crisis of the Future/The Future in Crisis: The Aesthetics of Futurity in the Post-Global Present. Annual Meeting of the American Comparative Literature Association, UCLA, 29 Mar. - 1 Apr. 2018.

"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.

Current Research & Projects

"African Literatures of the American Dream: U.S. Empire and Fictions of National Development, 1979-2016" (book manuscript in progress)