Here you will find details about the books that I have either written or (co-)edited. You can click on the smaller images below for further information:
Already well-established in the Lusophone world, Mia Couto is increasingly acknowledged as a major voice in World literature. Winner of the Camões Prize for Literature in 2013, the most prestigious literary prize honouring Lusophone writers, he was awarded the Neustadt International Prize for Literature in 2014, and in 2015 was shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize. Yet, despite this high profile there are very few full-length critical studies in English about his writing.
This book brings together some of the key scholars of Couto’s work, such as Phillip Rothwell, Luís Madureira, and his long-time English translator David Brookshaw. Contributors examine not only his early works, which were written in the context of the 16-year post-independence civil war in Mozambique, but also the wide span of Couto’s contemporary writing as a novelist, short story writer, poet and essayist. There are contributions on his work in ecology, theatre and journalism, as well as on translation and Mozambican nationalist politics. Most importantly the contributors engage with the significance of Couto’s writing to contemporary discussions of African literature, Lusophone studies and World literature.
From the first page:
“This book arises from a very simple question – what would a speculative-realist literary criticism look like? I had stumbled across speculative realism in a rather curious way. I had been reading into the ecological crisis and the relationship it had with a rapacious capitalism. George Monbiot’s Feral (2014) led me to Naomi Klein’s This Changes Everything (2014), which in turn encouraged me to revisit the work of Cheryll Glotfelty in an attempt to bring these environmental and political issues back to my own area of research – literary studies.”
“While talking through this material with a colleague over lunch, he suddenly asked whether my reading had also included Timothy Morton’s Hyperobjects (2013). I admitted it had not. Without looking, he delved into his bag to retrieve a copy of Morton’s book. ‘Read this,’ he said, pushing the book towards me across the lunch table. ‘It shifts ecocriticism into genuinely new territories.’ He picked up his fork and continued eating. It took less than a day to read Morton’s book, and by the time I had finished it I had been overwhelmed by a dramatically new way of thinking about the world – a way of thinking that has emerged from what is today known as speculative realism…”
Considered one of Africa’s most innovative and subversive writers, the Zimbabwean novelist, poet, playwright and essayist Dambudzo Marechera is read today as a significant voice in contemporary world literature. Marechera wrote ceaselessly against the status quo, against unqualified ideas, against expectation. He was an intellectual outsider who found comfort only in the company of other free-thinking writers – Shelley, Bakhtin, Apuleius, Fanon, Dostoyevsky, Tutuola. It is this universe of literary thought that one can see written into the fiction of Marechera that this collection of essays sets out to interrogate.
In this important and timely contribution to African literary studies, Grant Hamilton has gathered together essays of world-renowned, established, and young academics from Africa, Europe, Asia and Australia in order to discuss the important literary and philosophical influences that course through Marechera’s prose, poetry and drama. From classical allusion to the political philosophy of anarchism, this collection of new research on Marechera’s work makes clear the extraordinary breadth and quality of thought that Marechera brought to his writing.
In this important new study, Hamilton establishes and develops innovative links between the sites of postcolonial literary theory, the fiction of the South African/Australian academic and Nobel Prize-winning writer J.M. Coetzee, and the work of the French poststructuralist philosopher Gilles Deleuze.
Centering on the key postcolonial problematic of representation, Hamilton argues that if one approaches the colonial subject through Gilles Deleuze’s rewriting of subjectivity, then a transcendent configuration of the colonial subject is revealed. Importantly, it is this rendition of the colonial subject that accounts best for the way in which the colonial subject is able to propose and offer instances of resistance to colonial structures of subjectification. In elucidating this claim, the study turns to the fiction of Coetzee. Offering unique Deleuzean readings of three of Coetzee’s most theoretically beguiling novels – Dusklands, Waiting for the Barbarians, and Foe – On Representation will prove to be essential reading to those interested in Coetzee studies, the literary terrain of Deleuze’s philosophy, and those engaging with contemporary debates in postcolonial literature and theory.