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Professor Abdulrazak Gurnah

Professor; Director of Graduate Studies

School of English

Office: NC 17


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).`

Research Supervision

He has supervised research projects on the writing of Salman Rushdie, G.V. Desani, V.S. Naipaul, Anthony Burgess, Joseph Conrad, George Lamming and Jamaica Kincaid.
Current research students:

  • Yasmine Gad  `Postcolonial Women’s Writing on the Body` 
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Selected Publications


The Last Gift

A Cambridge Companion to Salman Rushdie

Some Recent Chapters and Articles:

`”The Urge to Nowhere”: Wicomb and Cosmpolitanism` Safundi 12:3-4, 2011, 261-275.

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During the Academic year 2013/14 I will be teaching:


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School of English, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NX

The University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NZ, T: +44 (0)1227 823054

Last Updated: 13/09/2013