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Profile: Jennifer Wenzel

Title: Associate Professor
Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin  1998

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Research Interests

Primary Interests

African and South Asian literatures in English, literatures of Third World liberation, postcolonial theory.

Secondary Interests

Postcolonial ecocriticism; world literatures; memory studies; human rights; narrative theory.



Bulletproof: Afterlives of Anticolonial Prophecy in South Africa and Beyond. University of Chicago Press and University of KwaZulu Natal Press, 2009.

Articles (selected):

"Consumption for the Common Good? Commodity Biography Film in an Era of Postconsumerism." Public Culture 23.3 (Fall 2011).

“Meat Country (Please Do Not Feed Baboons and Wild Animals).” Afterword to special issue on ecocriticism. Safundi
11.1 and 2 (January 2010): 203-32.

“The Problem of Metaphor: Tropic Logic in Cattle Killing Prophecies and their Afterlives.” African Studies 67.2 (August 2008): 143-58.

Contributor, "Editor's Column: The End of Postcolonial Theory? A Roundtable with Sunil Agnani, Fernando Coronil, Gaurav Desai, Mamadou Diouf, Simon Gikandi, Susie Tharu, and Jennifer Wenzel." PMLA 122.3 (May 2007): 1-32.

"Petro-Magic-Realism: Toward a Political Ecology of Nigerian Literature." Postcolonial Studies 9.4 (December 2006).

"Remembering the Past's Future: Anti-Imperialist Nostalgia and Some Versions of the Third World." Cultural Critique 62.1 (Winter 2006).

"Voices of Textual and Spectral Ancestors: Reading Tiyo Soga alongside H.I.E. Dhlomo’s The Girl Who Killed to Save." Research in African Literatures 36.1 (Winter 2005).

"Intertextual Africa: Chinua Achebe on the Congo, Patrice Lumumba on the Niger," in African Writers and their Readers: Essays in African Literature in Honor of Bernth Lindfors (Africa World Press, 2002).

Co-author with Joseph Slaughter. "Letters of the Law: Women, Human Rights, and Epistolary Literature,"  Women, Gender, and Human Rights: A Global Perspective (Rutgers UP, 2001).

"Grim Fairy Tales: Taking a Risk, Reading Imaginary Maps," in Going Global: The Transnational Reception of Third World Women's Texts (Garland, 2000). Reprinted in Mahasweta Devi: An Anthology of Recent Criticism (Delhi: Pencraft 2008).

"The Pastoral Promise and the Political Imperative: The Plaasroman Tradition in an Era of Land Reform," Modern Fiction Studies 46.1 (Spring 2000).

"Epic Struggles over India's Forests in Mahasweta Devi's Short Fiction," Alif: Journal of Comparative Poetics 18 (1998).

"Keys to the Labyrinth: Writing, Torture, and Coetzee's Barbarian Girl," Tulsa Studies in Women's Literature 15.1 (Spring 1996).
  • Bulletproof: Afterlives of Anticolonial Prophecy in South Africa and Beyond

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