Liam Kruger

Assistant Professor, English

Assistant Professor, English
213 Decio
Notre Dame, IN 46556
Schedule Appointment


Areas of study

  • African and African American
  • British - 20th and 21st
  • Irish
  • Postcolonial/Global


Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison
M.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison
M.A., University of Cape Town
B.A., University of Cape Town

Research and teaching interests

Global Anglophone literature, history and theory of the novel, postcolonial studies, comparative modernisms, aesthetic theory, political economy, sociology of literature


Liam Kruger teaches on Global Anglophone literatures of the twentieth and twenty-first century, with a particular emphasis on the novel in Africa. Professor Kruger's current research concerns representations of urban space in postcolonial literature, taking Dublin, Lagos, Johannesburg, and Hong Kong as its key sites and case studies. He is also co-organizer of Virtual Publics in the Memosphere, a public humanities project at Dartmouth College. His writing has appeared in Research in African Literatures, Modern Fiction Studies, and Cultural Critique, among other venues.

Representative publications

‘World, Class, Tragicomedy: Johannesburg, 1994.’ College Literature: A Journal of Critical Literary Studies, 50.2-3, Summer 2023: 349-382
‘Transnational Adaptation: ‘The Dead’ (1914), ‘Fools’ (1983), The Dead (1987), and Fools (1997).’ The Routledge Companion to Global Literary Adaptation in the 21st Century (Routledge), eds. Elizabeth Ho and Brandon Chua, 2023: 19-33
‘Literary setting and the postcolonial city in No Longer at Ease.’ Research in African Literatures, 52.3, Fall 2021: 62-86
‘Gestures of Belonging: Disability and Postcoloniality in Bessie Head’s A Question of Power.’ Modern Fiction Studies, 65.1, Spring 2019: 132-151
'The universal and contingent impossibility and desirability of ethics in Ato Sekyi-Otu’s Left universalism: Africacentric essays.’ Journal of the African Literature Association, Volume 13, 2019: 267-270