Neil ten Kortenaar grew up in Toronto and Montreal and attended the University of Toronto. He has taught high school in Nigeria and adult literacy in Nicaragua. He has taught university in Zimbabwe, South Africa, and Uganda. He first taught Caribbean and African literature at UTSC in 1986, when he was a PhD student.
African literature (especially West and Southern African); Caribbean literature; South Asian literature (especially Salman Rushdie); the relation of orality to writing; political philosophy and literature. His current research reads African literature as if it were political philosophy and looks at the ways Nigerian novelists imagined the nation-state at independence.
African literature, Caribbean literature, South Asian literature, the immigrant experience in literature, the Bible in literature, Introduction to Poetry
Awards and Grants:
SSHRC Insight and Connections grants.
Mellon grant for “Aesthetic Education,” a collaboration between the Jackman Humanities Institute at the University of Toronto and the Centre for Humanities Research at the University of the Western Cape.
Centre for Comparative Literature. Associate faculty in the Departments of Religion, French, and Critical Development Studies.
PhD University of Toronto