CAS 2013 Annual Lecture Thu, 2013-06-27 18:35

In this CAS 2013 Annual Lecture, Professor Abdulrazak Gurnah will discuss writing about the African Indian Ocean by authors such as Conrad, Blixen and the Naipauls, and by means of his own writing.

Abdulrazak Gurnah was born in Zanzibar and is now best-known as a novelist. His fourth novel Paradise was short-listed for the Booker Prize in 1994. His latest novel is The Last Gift (2011). His main academic interest is in postcolonial writing and in discourses associated with colonialism, especially as they relate to Africa, the Caribbean and India. He has edited two volumes of Essays on African Writing, has published articles on a number of contemporary postcolonial writers, including Naipaul, Rushdie and Zoe Wicomb. He is the editor of A Companion to Salman Rushdie (Cambridge University Press 2007).

Chair: Dr Michael Jennings, CAS Chairman
Discussant: Professor Mpalive Msiska, Birkbeck college, University of London