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biography

education & teaching

education

  • B.A. (Honours) The Queens College, Oxford University (1979)

honorary degrees

  • Hon. D. Univ: Leeds Metropolitan University (1997)
  • Hon. D. Univ: University of York (2003)
  • Hon. D. Lett: University of Leeds (2003)
  • Hon. D. Lett: University of the West Indies (2010)
  • Hon. D. Lett: University of Edinburgh (2012)
  • Docteur Honoris Causa: University of Liege, Belgium (2015)

teaching

  • 2005 – present: Professor of English, Yale University, New Haven, CT
  • 2002 – 2005: Director of Initiatives in the Humanities, Barnard College, Columbia University, New York, NY
  • 1998 – 2005: Professor of English and Henry R. Luce Professor of Migration and Social Order, Barnard College, Columbia University, New York, NY
  • 1997 – 98: Professor of English and Writer in Residence, Amherst College, Amherst, MA
  • 1994 – 97: Professor of English, Writer in Residence, and Co-Director of Creative Writing Center, Amherst College, Amherst, MA
  • 1992 – 94: Writer-in-Residence and Co-Director of Creative Writing Center, Amherst College, Amherst, MA
  • 1990 – 92: Visiting Writer, Amherst College, Amherst, MA
  • 1989: Writer-in-Residence, University of Stockholm, Sweden
  • 1987: Writer-in-Residence, Literary Criterion Centre, University of Mysore, India
  • 1980 – 82: Writer-in-Residence, Arts Council of Great Britain, The Factory Arts Centre, London

visiting positions

  • 2016: Kapnick Distinguished Writer-in-Residence, University of Virginia
  • 2015: Millett Writing Fellow, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT
  • 2013: Walton Visiting Writer in Fiction, University of Arkansas
  • 2013: Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence, University of South Florida
  • 2009: Visiting Professor, Department of English, Oxford University, England
  • 2008: Montgomery Fellow in Residence and Visiting Professor of English, Dartmouth College, NH
  • 2005 – 2006: Visiting Professor of English and Weiss International Fellow in Literature and the Arts, Barnard College, Columbia University, New York, NY
  • 1999 and 2000: Visiting Professor in the Humanities, University of the West Indies, Barbados
  • 1994: Writer-in-Residence, National Institute of Education, Singapore
  • 1993 Fall: Visiting Professor of English, New York University, New York, NY
  • 1992 and 1993: Visiting Writer, Humber College, Toronto, Canada
  • 1991: Visiting Lecturer, University of Poznan, Poland
  • 1990: Visiting Lecturer, University of Ghana, Ghana
  • 1983 – 1995: Writing Instructor, Arvon Foundation, England

courses taught

at Yale University

  • Literature of the Middle Passage
  • Advanced Fiction
  • Contemporary British Fiction

at Barnard College

  • British Fiction: Colonialism and Class
  • Literature of the Middle Passage
  • Writing and Society
  • Fiction Writing
  • Postcolonial Literature

at Amherst College

  • Writing about Reading
  • Advanced Composition
  • Writing Fiction
  • Writing, Writers, and Society
  • British Fiction in the 1980's
  • British Fiction: Colonialism, Class and Representation

courses taught elsewhere

  • Post-Colonial Literature [Africa, Caribbean, Canada, India, and Australia]
  • Caribbean Literature since 1945
  • Writing for the Stage and Screen
  • Fiction Writing [Workshop and Seminar form]