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Evan Mwangi

Associate Professor in English

Ph.D. University of Nairobi


Evan Maina Mwangi teaches 20th Century Anglophone African Literature. He studied at the University of Nairobi, from where he graduated with a First Class Honours degree and a PhD in literature. He researches the intersection of nationalism, gender, and sexuality in canonical and popular artistic expressions, relating local texts to global theories.

Mwangi has published on Nazizi Hirji, Chinua Achebe, K. Sello Duiker, Amandina Lihamba, Ngugi wa Thiong'o, David Maillu, Henry ole Kulet, Margaret Ogola, and Francis Imbuga, among other postcolonial artists and intellectuals. His articles and poems have appeared in Mwangaza, TDR: The Drama Review, Research in African Literatures, African Studies Review, ARIEL: A Review of International English Literature, English Studies in Africa, The Nairobi Journal of Literature, PMLA, and Africa Today.

The co-author of The Columbia Guide to East African Literature in English Since 1945 (Columbia University Press, 2007), Mwangi's other works include Africa Writes Back to Self: Metafiction, Gender, Sexuality (State University of New York Press, 2009), which studies the way African writers use experimental forms to express submerged identities. His most recent work, Translation in African Contexts (2017) considers gender and sexuality in translations of texts between African languages. Using and critiquing theories of translation proposed by Lawrence Venuti, Paul Ricoeur, Jacques Derrida, Domenico Jervolino, and Gayatri Spivak, the book analyzes works by such writers as Amandina Lihamba, Ngugi wa Thiong’o, Gakaara wa Wanjau, and Julius Nyerere in terms of the gendered ways they localize foreign texts.

Mwangi is completing a book project on the interfaces of critical animal studies, African literature, posthuman ethics, and postcolonial theory. He is currently at work on two new book projects: one exploring the global re-writings of Conrad’s Heart of Darkness and the other on Indian Ocean literatures, cultures, and philosophies.


Gender Studies, Language Technologies, Critical Race & Ethnicity Studies, Diaspora Studies, Literary Theory, African American Literature, Postcolonial


Bildad Kaggia: Voice of the People
Bildad Kaggia: Voice of the People (Sasa Sema Publications, 2001)
Guide to Encounters from Africa
Guide to Encounters from Africa (Nairobi : Macmillan Kenya, 2000)

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