Department of English

University of Toronto

Kortenaar, Neil ten

Neil ten KortenaarNeil ten Kortenaar
Professor; Graduate Faculty; Undergraduate Instructor (UTSC)
UTSC Office Phone: 416-287-7155
UTSC Office Location: University of Toronto at Scarborough, HW 330  
Office Phone: 416-813-4086
Office Location: BT 316
Website: Centre for Comparative Literature
Office Hours and/or Leave Status: TBA

PhD (Toronto)

Neil ten Kortenaar teaches African, Caribbean, and South Asian literature. He has published a book on Salman Rushdie's Midnight's Children (McGill-Queen's 2004) and another on Images of Reading and Writing in African and Caribbean literature (Cambridge 2011). His current research focuses on imagining state formation in postcolonial literature from India, Africa, and the Americas. This is a longstanding interest that has informed many publications, including an article on "Fictive States and the State of Fiction in Africa" in Comparative Literature 2000 and "Oedipus, Ogbanje, and the Sons of Independence" in Research in African Literatures (2007). He wrote the chapter on "Multiculturalism and Globalization" for The Cambridge History of Canadian Literature (2009). He is currently the director of the Centre for Comparative Literature.

Faculty Bookshelf: TBA
Books and Articles 
Postcolonial Literature and the Impact of Literacy: Reading and Writing in African and Caribbean Fiction. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2011. 224 pp.

Self, Nation, Text in Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children. Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2004. 317 pp.

Refereed Articles and Chapters
“The Novel in English in Africa to 1950.” Forthcoming in The Oxford History of the Novel in English. Vol. 9 The World Novel to 1950. Ed. Jane Stafford, Ralph Crane, and Mark Williams. Oxford: OUP.

“The Stream of ‡Khomani Stories.” Orality and Literary History, ed. J. Edward Chamberlin and Daniel Chamberlain. 27 pp. ms.

"Show and Tell: Midnight's Children and 'The Boyhood of Raleigh' Revisited." Salman Rushdie and Visual Culture: Celebrating Impurity, Disrupting Borders. Ed. Ana Cristina Mendes. New York: Routledge, 2011. 106-22.
“Patriarchy, Succession and the Social Contract in Achebe’s Arrow of God.” Family Memory-Work: Writing the Home in Contemporary African Literature. Ed. Yianna Liotsos. Africa-World Press, forthcoming in 2011. 57 pp. ms.

“Wole Soyinka” (pp. 1356-60), “Realism/Magic Realism” (pp. 1303-5), “Amos Tutuola” (pp. 1368-9), “Ama Ata Aidoo” (pp. 948-9). The Encyclopedia of Twentieth-Century Fiction. Vol. III Twentieth-Century World Fiction. Ed. John Clement Ball. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell, 2011.

“Achebe’s Arrow of God and the World on Paper.” Novel 42.3 (2009): 467-73.

Things Fall Apart in History.” Interventions 11.2 (2009): 166-70.

“Multiculturalism and Globalization.” The Cambridge History of Canadian Literature. Ed. Eva-Marie Kroller and Coral Ann Howells. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009. 556-79.

“Fearful Symmetry: Salman Rushdie and Prophetic Newness.” Twentieth-Century Literature 54.3 (2008): 339-61.

“Fathers and Ancestors in Charles Mungoshi’s Waiting for the Rain.” Manning the Nation: Father Figures in Zimbabwean Literature and Society. Eds. K.Z. Muchemwa and Robert Muponde. Johannesburg: Jacana; Harare: Weaver Press, 2007. 31-45.

“Oedipus, Ogbanje, and the Sons of Independence.” Research in African Literatures 38.2 (2007): 181-205.

“Chinua Achebe and the Question of Modern African Tragedy.” Philosophia Africana 9.2 (2006): 83-100. Special issue: “Chinua Achebe.” Rpt. in Things Fall Apart: Authoritative Text, Contexts and Criticism/Chinua Achebe. Ed. Francis Abiola Irele. New York: Norton, 2009. 323-43.

“Parents, Children, and Fools.” Scrutiny 2 11.1 (2006): 65-79. 

“We Are Waiting for You Whites to Tell Us Your Stories.” Postcolonial Text [on-line] 2.3 (2006). 10pp.   

“Becoming African and the Death of Ikemefuna.” University of Toronto Quarterly 73.2 (2004): 773-94.

“Nega Mezlekia Outside the Hyena’s Belly.” Canadian Literature 172 (2002): 41-68.

“Salman Rushdie’s Magic Realism and the Return of Inescapable Romance.” University of Toronto Quarterly 71.3 (2002): 765-85.

“Fictive States and the State of Fiction in Africa.” Comparative Literature 52.3 (2000): 228-45.

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