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.
PhD University of Toronto
Centre for Comparative Literature. Associate faculty in the Departments of Religion, French, and Critical Development Studies.
African literature, Caribbean literature, South Asian literature, the immigrant experience in literature, the Bible in literature, Introduction to Poetry
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.
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.
Debt, Law, Realism: Nigerian Writers Imagine the State at Independence. Montreal:
McGill-Queen’s UP, 2021. 281 pp.
“The Reinvention of the Novel in Africa.” Cambridge History of World Literature. Ed. Debjani Ganguly. New York: Cambridge UP, 2021. 621-35.
“West African Literature in English.” A Companion to African Literatures. Ed. Olakunle George. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell, 2020. 319-32.
“Literary Pedagogy Confronting Colonialism.” Special issue of the Cambridge Journal of
Postcolonial Literary Inquiry 7.2 (2020).