Kerry Vincent, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of English & Theatre

Phone: (902) 585-1281

Research Interests

My current research interests are in Southern African literatures, especially Swaziland and Zimbabwe, and also in studying the portrayal of the British district commissioner figure, beginning with his appearance in Achebe’s Things Fall Apart and continuing forward to Helon Habila’s recent novel, Measuring Time. I am especially interested in thinking through the problematics of representation, and am currently at work on a project that examines the literature of Swaziland, beginning with early travel narratives and continuing up to the present with print media accounts of the kingdom’s rituals and oral traditions. I have previously published articles on writers such as Margaret Laurence, Dambudzo Marechera, and Audrey Thomas. I am also interested in interdisciplinary research, and have written on subjects such as anthropology and literature, cultural translation, ritual, travel writing, and media responses to Africa.

Selected Publications

Entry on Chinua Achebe’s Anthills of the Savannah in Encyclopedia of General Themes in Literature. Ed. Jennifer McClinton-Temple. Facts on File. Forthcoming 2009.

“Defamiliarizing Africa in Leila Aboulela’s ‘The Museum.’” Afroeuropa: Journal of Afroeuropean Studies. 2:2. 2008. Publication delayed: forthcoming.

“‘Reduced by Writing’: Imperial Discourse, Oral Culture, and Contemporary Media in Swaziland.” JALA 1:2 (2007): 140-149.

“Translating Culture: Teaching Hilda Kuper’s A Witch in My Heart.” Proceedings of the XVIth Congress of the International Comparative Literature Association “Transitions and Transgressions in an Age of Multiculturalism. Ed. Ina Grabe. Pretoria: UNISA Press, 2005.