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Stephen Clingman

Professor of English, UMass Amherst

Stephen Clingman is 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. He has taught at the University of Massachusetts since 1989, and was Chair of the English Department from 1994-2000.

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. His biography, Bram Fischer: Afrikaner Revolutionary, won the Alan Paton award, South Africa's premier prize for non-fiction. His most recent book is The Grammar of Identity: Transnational Fiction and the Nature of the Boundary (Oxford University Press, 2009).


  • –present
    Professor of English, University of Massachusetts Amherst


Sunday Times Alan Paton Award, for Bram Fischer: Afrikaner Revolutionary