Andrea Spain specializes in late twentieth-century and contemporary postcolonial literature, with a focus on African and Caribbean literature and culture. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on world literature, postcolonial theory, and critical theory. Her manuscript, Postcoloniality and Event, explores the role of time, memory and perception in the postcolonial present. She has published on Zoë Wicomb’s David’s Story and South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission in an edited collection on history and spectrality, and has recently guest-curated a volume of Trickshouse an online journal of new media arts, where she has also published recent work.
Ph.D. 2009 University at Buffalo, Comparative Literature
M.A. 2004 University at Buffalo, Comparative Literature
M.A. 2000 Colorado State University, English
B.A. 1994 Colorado State University, English
Postcolonial Literature, World Literature, Critical Theory, Film
World Literature After 1600
Critical Writing and Research in Literary Studies
“Sensation and the Art of Capture.” Time, Politics and Aesthetics. Spec. issue of Trickhouse. 7.1 (2010). Online. http://trickhouse.org/vol7/guestcurator/andreaspain.html .
“Spectral Futures? Responsibility and the Weight of the Past: Necessary Failures of Representation in Zoë Wicomb’s David’s Story.” Ghosts, Stories and Histories. Ed. Sladja Blazen. New York: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2007.
Honors and Awards
College of Arts & Sciences Dissertation Fellowship, University at Buffalo, 2006-07.
College of Arts and Sciences Top Teachers as Rated by Students, University at Buffalo, 2003.
Teaching Fellow, New Mathematical Topographies, Canisius College, 2003.
Julian Park Chair Research Grant, University at Buffalo, 2001.