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Alexander Fyfe

Alexander Fyfe
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  1. MA, University of Warwick, 2013
  2. BA, University College London, 2012


Alex Fyfe is a 5th-year PhD Candidate in Comparative Literature and African Studies. His dissertation explores the relations between the global crisis of capitalism and post-1980s African literary production. It argues that when the study of recent African narratives is oriented by the crisis, texts from national contexts as diverse as Uganda, Nigeria, Tanzania, and the DRC can be read not only for their formal encoding of capitalism's failure to produce value, but for their articulation of highly specific politics of "resilience" at the level of literary form. The project engages extensively with scholarship from across the disciplinary spectrum of African Studies in order to locate the production of fiction within and against a range of material and ideological processes. With each chapter focusing upon a different national context, the dissertation pays close attention to the economic, political, and social circumstances from which individual texts emerge and relies upon fieldwork conducted on the continent. In its use of geographically and linguistically diverse case studies (in English, French, and Kiswahili), it also aims to place the study of Anglophone African literature in a productive dialogue with related sub-fields. Authors studied include: Ben Okri, Fiston Mwanza Mujila, In Koli Jean Bofane, Said Ahmed Mohamed, Susan Kiguli, Mary Karooro Okurut, Violet Barungi, and Euphrase Kezilahabi.

He has published articles in Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial StudiesResearch in African Literatures, and the Cambridge Journal of Postcolonial Literary Inquiry. He has also co-edited a special issue of the latter journal (with Rosemary Jolly) and is currently guest-editing an issue of African Identities with the title of "Marxism and African Literatures: New Interventions." In 2018-2019 he is the chair of the Graduate Caucus of the African Literature Association.

Classes taught:

CMLIT 130 - Banned Books (Fall 2018)

ENGL 015 - Composition and Rhetoric (2 semesters, Fall 2017/Spring 2018)

ENGL 184 / CMLIT 184 - The Short Story (Spring 2017)