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Elleke Boehmer


Elleke Boehmer is the author of five highly praised novels, including Screens against the Sky (short-listed David Hyam Prize 1990), Bloodlines (shortlisted SANLAM prize) and Nile Baby (2008), and the short story collection Sharmilla and Other Portraits (2010). Her work has been translated into over ten languages. She has also published the studies Colonial and Postcolonial Literature (1995, 2005), Empire, the National and the Postcolonial, 1890-1920 (2002), Stories of Women (2005) and the biography Nelson Mandela (2008). Her cultural history Indian Arrivals 1870-1915: Networks of Empire won the 2015-16 ESSE prize. She edited the British best-seller, Robert Baden-Powell’s Scouting for Boys (2004) and the anthology Empire Writing (1998) and has co-edited several books, including J.M. Coetzee in Writing and Theory (2009) and Global Histories of Books (2016). The Shouting in the Dark: & other southern writing is her first book to be published in Australia. The novel was long-listed for the Sunday Times Barry Ronge Prize in South Africa in 2015. Boehmer was an International Man Booker judge 2013-15. She is the Professor of World Literature in English, in the English Faculty at the University of Oxford, and a Visiting Research Fellow in Humanities at the University of Adelaide, Australia.

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