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Elleke Boehmer

Professor of World Literature in English
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Elleke Boehmer is the Professor of World Literature in English, in the English Faculty at the University of Oxford, and Governing Body Fellow at Wolfson College. Her books include Colonial and Postcolonial Literature (1995, 2005), Empire, the National and the Postcolonial, 1890-1920 (2002), and the biography Nelson Mandela (2008), as well as Stories of Women (2005). She is the author of four acclaimed novels, including Screens again the Sky (short-listed David Hyam Prize, 1990), Bloodlines (shortlisted SANLAM prize), and Nile Baby (2008), and of the short-story collection Sharmilla and Other Portraits (2010).  She edited the British best-seller, Robert Baden-Powell’s Scouting for Boys (2004), and the anthology Empire Writing (1998), and has co-edited a number of books, including J.M. Coetzee in Writing and Theory (2009), The Indian Postcolonial (2010), The Postcolonial Low Countries (2012) and Terror and the Postcolonial (2010). In 2015 she publishes Indian Arrivals 1870-1915: Networks of Empire, a cultural history, and a novel, The Shouting in the Dark. She was a Man Booker International judge 2013-15, and is also Director of the Oxford Life-Writing Centre at Wolfson College.

Elleke was the Director of TORCH from 2015-17.