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Scott Newman

Home Department: English

I am a PhD candidate in comparative literary studies with a home department in English and graduate certificates in African studies and critical theory. In 2018-2020, I am an inaugural graduate fellow at the Buffett Institute for Global Studies. My dissertation studies voice in contemporary anglophone and francophone African literature since 1978. Among the authors studied are Dambudzo Marechera, Sony Labou Tansi, Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor, Patrice Nganang, Binyavanga Wainaina, and Yvonne Vera.

I grew up in Zimbabwe and before joining Northwestern I studied at Oxford Brookes University (BA English and French), Paris-Sorbonne University - Paris IV, and the University of Oxford (MSt World Literatures in English). More recently, I participated in the Institute for World Literature summer session at the University of Lisbon and the Summer School in Global Studies & Critical Theory at the University of Bologna

I have presented my research at various conferences, including meetings of the Society for Francophone Postcolonial Studies (SFPS), the African Literature Association, and the African Studies Association of the United Kingdom (ASAUK). My first peer-reviewed article is on the Haitian writer Jacques Stephen Alexis and is forthcoming in the journal Francosphères (2019).

My research and teaching interests include modernism; the novel; postcolonial studies; critical race theory; transnational and world literary theory; sub-Saharan African literature in English, French, and Portuguese, as well as literatures of the global south more generally.

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