Department of English

University of Toronto

Esonwanne, Uzoma

Uzoma Esonwanne
Associate Professor, English and Comparative Literature; Graduate Faculty; Undergraduate Instructor, University of Toronto St. George
Office Phone: 416-946-3917
UTSG Office Location: Jackman Humanities Building, 170 St. George Street, Room 715
Office Location and/or Leave Status: Thursdays 2:00pm-5:00pm or by appointment 

Teaching and Research Interests: Autobiography; Repetition: Theory and Practice; Psychoanalysis and Race; Edward W. Said; Postcolonial Theory; African Literatures. Migrations of Theory and Culture; Narratives of Mourning; Repetition (Africa and the Diaspora)

Ph.D, MA (UNB), B.A. (UNN)


“‘Restraint . . . my style’: deliberative and mournful,” PMLA 129.2 (2014): 243–45

“Text-Context: Ngugi wa Thiong’o’s A Grain of Wheat as Testimony,” Approaches to Teaching the Works of Ngugi wa Thiong’o, ed. Oliver Lovesey (New York: MLA Publications, 2012), 171–180.

“Orality and the Genres of African Postcolonial Literatures,” Cambridge History of Postcolonial Literatures, ed. Ato Quayson (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012), 137–170.

“Enlightenment Epistemology and the Invention of Polygyny,” African Literature: An Anthology of Criticism and Theory eds. Tejumola Olaniyan and Ato Quayson (London: Blackwell, 2007), 573–584.

“Psychoanalysis and African Literature,” Research in African Literatures 38.2 (Summer 2007): 143–205

“The Short Century and After: Literature in Africa and the Diaspora,” Canadian Review of Comparative Literature/Review Canadienne de Littérature Comparée 32. 3–4 (September–December/Septembre–Décembre, 2005): 280–498 (With Abdul–Rasheed Na’Allah and Harry Garuba)

“Critique and Extension: Said and Freud,” Research in African Literatures” 36.3 (Fall 2005): 98–111.

Calibrations: Literary Reference and the Ethics of Reading,” Research in African Literatures 36.2 (Summer 2005): 112–121.

“Coming to Terms with Cultural Nationalism: Gikandi’s ‘The Short Century,’” New Formations 51

Critical Essays on Christopher Okigbo (Hall, 2000).

"Enlightenment Epistemology and 'Aesthetic Cognition': Mariama Bâ's So Long a Letter," The Politics of (M)Othering: Womanhood, Identity, and Resistance in African Literature, ed. Obioma Nnaemeka (New York and London: Routledge, 1997).

"The Nation as Contested Referent," Research in African Literatures, 24. 4 (1993): 49-62.

"Feminist Theory and the Discourse of Colonialism," ReImagining Wowen: Representations of Women in Culture, eds. Shirley Neuman and Glennis Stephenson (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1993).

"'Race' and Hermeneutics," African American Review 26. 4 (1992): 565-582.

“The Madness of Africans: Or, Anthropology’s Reason,” Cultural Critique 17 (1991).

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