Elleke Boehmer is a novelist, short-story writer and prize-winning author of literary and cultural history. She is the author, editor or co-editor of over twenty books. Her novels include The Shouting in the Dark (longlisted Sunday Times prize, 2015, winner Olive Schreiner Award for Prose, 2019), and Screens again the Sky (shortlisted David Higham Prize, 1990). Sharmilla and other Portraits is her 2010 volume of short stories. Other works include the well-known Colonial and Postcolonial Literature (OUP 1995/2005), Stories of Women (2005), Indian Arrivals (OUP, winner ESSE 2015-16 prize), and an acclaimed biography of Nelson Mandela (2008). Postcolonial Poetics is forthcoming from Palgrave in early 2019. Other recent books include the co-edited Global History of Books (2017) and Planned Violence (2018). She is currently working on a new collection of short stories, and is beginning a project provisionally entitled ‘southerly’ that will include a history spanning 500 years and a novel.
Elleke is the Professor of World Literature in English at the University of Oxford, and the Director of OCLW, the Oxford Life Writing Centre, Wolfson College. She is a founding figure in the field of colonial and postcolonial literary studies.