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Simon Lewis

Director, African Studies; Associate Dean, LCWA

Address: 11 Glebe Street, Room 301
Phone: 843.953.1920

Professor Lewis has been teaching African and Third World Literature at the College of Charleston since 1996, and has been director of the African Studies program since spring 2012 [I think that's right!] As editor of the literary journal Illuminations: An International Magazine of Contemporary Writing from 1996-2011 he produced a number of special issues devoted to South and East African poetry. Lewis is an associate director of the Carolina Lowcountry and Atlantic World (CLAW) program. 

His new book, British and African Literature in Transnational Context, came out from the University Press of Florida in May, 2011. In 2013 he convened the 39th annual conference of the African Literature Association with the theme "Literature, Liberation, and the Law."  The conference coincided with the publication of a special issue of the Journal of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies, co-edited with Lindsey Green-Simms, devoted to 21st-century African literature.


1996 - Ph.D., University of Florida

           B.A., Worcester College Oxford

           M.A., Worcester College Oxford

Research Interests

  • South African literature
  • African literature
  • Postcolonial literature
  • South Carolina-West Africa connections

Simon is currently working on a two-article project on Olive Schreiner and New World Thought.


The Transnational Circulation of Dissent: Olive Schreiner and the Colonial Counter-flows of Unitarian Freethinking (Safundi: The Journal of South African and American StudiesVolume 14, Issue 1, 2013)

British and African Literature in Transnational Context (Gainesville: University Press of Florida, May 2011)

“Slavery, memory, and the History of the ‘Atlantic Now’: Charleston, South Carolina and Global Racial/Economic Hierarchy”

White Women Writers and Their African Invention (Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2003)