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Fawzia Mustafa

Fawzia Mustafa

Emerita Professor of African and African American Studies and English
Postcolonial, African, Indian Ocean and US Minority Discourses


Fawzia Mustafa's education spans schooling in Tanzania,Britain, Kenya, Pakistan (BA Kinnaird College and MA Punjab University, Lahore) and the United States (MA and PhD Indiana University). At Fordham she has served as director of the Black Studies Institute, the Women's Studies Program, and the Comparative Literature Program as well as associate chair of the African and African American Studies Department and the English Department. She is author of V.S. Naipaul (Cambridge University Press, 1995), editor of a new edition of Sophia Mustafa, The Tanganyika Way: A Personal Story of Tanganyika's Growth to Independence (Toronto South Asian Review, 2009), and has published in journals such as Comparative Literature Studies, Twentieth Century Literature, and English Studies in Africa. She is currently working on a study of Anglophone literature, film and development in Eastern and Southern Africa.

Selected Publications

V.S. Naipaul. Cambridge University Press, 1995

“Reading Development and Writing Africa: UNFPA, Nervous Conditions and The Book of Not,” Comparative Literature Studies, Vol. 46, No. 2, 2009, 379-406.

“Gurnah and Naipaul: Intersections of Paradise and A Bend in the River,” Twentieth Century Literature, 61.2, June 2015, 232-263.

“Swahili Histories and Texts in Abdulrazak Gurnah’s Paradise,” in English Studies in Africa,” 58:1 June 2015, 14-29.

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