Andrea Spain

Andrea Spain


  • Graduate Faculty


  • Associate Professor



  • 2506 Lee Hall


  • 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

Teaching Interests

  • Postcolonial Literature
  • World Literature
  • Critical Theory
  • Film

Andrea Spain specializes in late twentieth-century and contemporary postcolonial literature, with a focus on post-apartheid South African Literature and culture. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on world literature, postcolonial theory, gender studies and critical theory. She has published on Zoë Wicomb’s David’s Story and South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, has guest-curated a volume of Trickshouse an online journal of new media arts, and has recently written on Nadine Gordimer for a special issue of Modern Fiction Studies, "Modern Fiction and Politics," edited by R. Radhakrishnan. Her manuscript, Postcoloniality and Event, explores the role of time, memory and perception in the postcolonial present.

  • “Notes on the Event.” Bombay Gin.  40 (2014): 130-36.  Co-authored with Bhanu Kapil.
  • “Event, Exceptionalism, and the Imperceptible: The Politics of Nadine Gordimer’s The Pickup.” Modern Fiction Studies 58.4 (Winter 2012): 746-772.
  • “Sensation and the Art of Capture.”  Time, Politics and Aesthetics.  Spec. issue of Trickhouse.  7.1 (2010).
  • “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.
  • 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.