Susan Andrade

Associate Professor

Some of Susan Z. Andrade's ranges of interests are reflected in the units with which she is affiliated: African Studies, Asian Studies, Cultural, Latin American, and Women's Studies.  She also holds a joint appointment in French.

Her book on gender politics, public sphere politics, and women's literary traditions, The Nation Writ Small: African Fictions and Feminisms, 1958-1988 was published by Duke UP (2011).  She guest-edited a special double issue on comparative African fiction for the journal NOVEL in 2008.  She co-edited Atlantic Cross-Currents/Transatlantiques (Africa World Press, 2001).  

In December 2011, she organized a conference at Pitt on anglophone Asian novels.  Her ongoing work was supported by a senior scholar Fulbright-Nehru award to India in 2014.  She is currently writing about realism and modernism in novels from Africa and South Asia.

She's a member of the MLA Division on African literatures pre-1990, and she serves on the editorial boards of Ariel and Research in African Literatures.


Undergraduate Courses:

  • Intro to Critical Reading
  • Junior Seminar (Marxism and literature)
  • Modernist Tradition
  • World Literature in English
  • Senior Seminar (postcolonial literature, Virginia Woolf)

Graduate Courses:

  • Aesthetics and Politics
  • Anglophone Asian Novels
  • Feminist Theory
  • The Global Novel
  • Nationalism and Sexual Politics
  • The Novel:  Texts and Theories
Representative Publications


“Realism, Reception, 1968, and West Africa” (25pp) in special issue on postcolonial and ethnic American realisms Modern Language Quarterly, eds. Joe Cleary, Jed Esty and Colleen Lye.  Afterword by Fredric Jameson. 

"Representing slums and home:  Chris Abani's GraceLand" in Legacies of Modernism: Historicizing Contemporary Fiction. Ed. David James. Cambridge UP (2011) 253-277.

"Adichie’s Genealogies: National and Feminine Novels” Research in African Literatures (2011) 42.2: 91-110

“The Problem of Realism and African fiction” NOVEL 42 (2009):17-23, 40th anniversary issue

Introduction,” The Form of Postcolonial African Fiction” NOVEL 41 2/3 (2008): 189-199.

“Death of a Discipline and African Literary Studies” in Forum devoted to work of Gayatri Spivak PMLA 123.1 (2008): 239-41

“Rioting Women, Writing Women: Gender, Nationalism and the Public Sphere in Africa,” in Africa After Gender, ed. Catherine Cole, Takyiwaa Manuh and Stephan Miescher. Indiana UP (2007): 85-107

Research Interests

Postcolonial literature, African, Caribbean, Feminism