Five College African Studies Program

Stephen Clingman


Department of English
University of Massachusetts

Director of the Interdisciplinary Seminar in the Humanities and the Fine Arts (ISHA)

Office: 264 Bartlett Hall
Telephone: (413) 545-3474

Degree: D.Phil., Oxford University, England (1983).

Research Interests: Clingman has published widely on the South African writer, Nadine Gordimer (a book on her novels, an edited collection of her essays, and numbers of articles). His biography of Bram Fischer, the lawyer who led the defense of Nelson Mandela, won the Sunday Times Alan Paton Award, South Africa's premier prize for non-fiction. More recently, he has published on the West Indian/British writer, Caryl Phillips, and currently is completing a book on Transnational Fiction.

Courses include: Contemporary British Fiction; Studies In Modern Fiction; Transnational Fiction.

Publications: Bram Fischer: Afrikaner Revolutionary; The Novels of Nadine Gordimer: History from the Inside; editor of The Essential Gesture: Writing, Politics and Places, by Nadine Gordimer.

Languages: English, Afrikaans.

Geographic focus: South Africa.