“Birthmark, Divided Vision, and the Coming of Perspective.” Talk by Stephen Clingman. Austin 217 (Stern).
Stephen Clingman is Distinguished Professor of English and Director of the Interdisciplinary Studies Institute. He received his B.A. Hons. from the University of the Witwatersrand, and a D.Phil. from the University of Oxford.
Stephen’s work has ranged from South African literature and biography to postcolonial and transnational fiction. Books include The Novels Of Nadine Gordimer: History From The Inside (1986; 2nd edn, Bloomsbury/UMass Press, 1992), and an edited collection of essays by Nadine Gordimer, The Essential Gesture: Writing, Politics And Places (Jonathan Cape/Knopf, 1988), translated into a number of languages. Bram Fischer: Afrikaner Revolutionary, his biography of the white Afrikaner who led Nelson Mandela’s legal defense at the Rivonia Trial, won the Sunday Times Alan Paton Award, South Africa’s premier prize for non-fiction, and was recently republished in a new edition (Jacana Media, 2013). He regularly teaches courses on South African literature and politics, twentieth-century fiction, contemporary British fiction, and transnational fiction. Stephen’s most recent book, a memoir entitled Birthmark, was published by Jacana Media in 2015.