Prof. Ilieva Emilia Vassileva

 

 

 

Prof. Ilieva Emilia Vassileva Ph.D.

Professor of Literature

Department of Literature, Languages and Linguistics

Egerton University

 

Academic Qualifications:

B.A. and M.A. (English Language and Literature), University of Sofia, Bulgaria

Ph.D. (African Literature), Institute of World Literature, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow

Positions Held:

2000-2005: Chair, Department of Literature, Egerton University

!995-2012: Editor, Egerton Journal of Humanities, Social Sciences and Education

Courses Taught:

Litt. 224: African Literature II: East African Prose

Litt. 411: European Literature I (From Classical Greek to the Age of Enlightenment)

Litt. 422: European Literature II (19th and 20th Centuries)

Litt. 327: The Daisaku Ikeda Project

Litt. 428: Research Project

Litt. 703: Research Methods and Thesis Writing

Litt. 702: Major Writers of the World

Litt. 706: Women’s Writing

Selected Scholarly Publications:

“The Road as a Trajectory and a Symbol”. [in Bulgarian] An Introduction to: Wole Soyinka. The Eternal Cycle. Selected Works. Sofia: Narodna Kultura, 1989, pp. 5-

26.

“The Social Dimension of East African Literature in the 1980s”. [in Russian] In: Social and Ethno-cultural Processes in Contemporary Africa. Moscow: Vostochnaya

Literatura, 1992, pp. 263-276.

“In Search for an Aesthetics of African Literature”. [in Russian] – Vostok (Moscow), No. 5, 1993, pp. 53-64.

“The African Person in Literature”. [in Russian] In: Enchanted Reality: The World of African Mentality. Moscow: Vostochnaya Literatura, 1994, pp. 31-49.

Entries to The Routledge Encyclopedia of Post-Colonial Literatures in English. London:

Routledge, 1994, pp. 699-700.

“The Influence of European and Urban Civilisations on the Way of Life and the World-view of African Village Dwellers (The Evidence of African Literature)”. [in Russian] In: The World of the African Village: The Dynamics of Development of Social Structures and Spiritual Culture. Moscow: Vostochnaya Literatura, 1997, pp. 169-186.

“Ugandan Literature”. In: Encyclopedia of World Literature in the 20th Century. New

York: St. James Press, 1999, pp. 369-371.

Entries to The Companion to African Literatures. Edited by Douglas Killam and Ruth

Rowe. Oxford: James Currey, Bloomington and Indianapolis: Indiana University Press, 2000.

Entries to Encyclopedia of Life Writing. London and Chicago: Fitzroy Dearborn

Publishers, 2001.

“The Growth of Satire in the English-Language Literatures of East Africa”. [in

Russian] In: Satire in the Literatures of Asia and Africa. Moscow: Institute of

World Literature, RAS, 2004, pp. 273-300.

“Idi Amin”. (co-authored) In: Historical Companion to Postcolonial Literatures in

English. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2005, pp. 4-6.

“Effects of Cooperative Learning on Teaching Poetry”. (co-authored) – Thinking

Classroom, Vol. 6, No. 4, 2005, pp. 25-33.

“Strategies of Affirming Womanhood in East African Writing”. (co-authored) In:

Duh i Duhovnost (Spirit and Spirituality). Sofia: TEMTO, 2006, pp. 256-277.

Entries to Encyclopedia of Activism and Social Justice. Vol. 1-3. Edited by Gary L.

Anderson. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, 2007.

Entries to Women Writing Africa. The Eastern Region. Series Editors: Tuzyline Jita

Allan, Abena P. A. Busia and Florence Howe. New York: The Feminist Press at

CUNY, 2007.

“Roger Kurtz. Nyarloka’s Gift: The Writing of Marjorie Oludhe Macgoye”. (A

review) (co-authored). – Research in African Literatures, Vol. 38, No. 3, 2007, pp. 209-211.

“Irele, Abiola F. and Simon Gikandi (eds.). The Cambridge History of African and

Caribbean Literature. 2 vols.” (A review) – Journal of Third World Studies, Vol. XXIV, No. 1, 2007, pp 278-283.

“Marjorie Oludhe Macgoye. A Farm Called Kishinev”. (A review) – World

Literature Today. January – February, 2007, pp. 70-71.

“Celebrating Ngugi wa Thiong’o at Seventy”. – African Writing, No. 3, 2008.

“David Grossman: A Writer’s Commitment to Peace in a Time of Lasting Political

Predicament”. In: Daisaku Ikeda and Voices for Peace from Africa. Edited by

Henry Indangasi and Masumi O. Hashimoto. Nairobi: Kenya Literature Bureau,

2008, pp.85-98.

When the Sun Goes Down. (Editor & Introduction). Nairobi: Longhorn, 2010.

“Negotiating Dislocated Identities in the Space of Post-Colonial Chaos: Goretti

Kyomuhendo’s Waiting”. (co-authored) In: Afropolitanism: Essays on Borders and Spaces in Contemporary African Literature and Folklore. Edited by J. K. S. Makokha and Jennifer Wawrzinek. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2010, pp. 153-170.

“Teaching Petals of Blood in a Kenyan Classroom”. In: Approaches to Teaching

the Works of Ngugi wa Thiong’o. Edited by Oliver Lovesey. New York: MLA,

2012, pp. 136-146.

“Mwangi, Evan Maina. Africa Writes Back to Self: Metafiction, Gender, Sexuality.

Albany: SUNY Press, 2009”. (A review) – Journal of Third World Studies, Vol.

XXIX, No. 2, 2012, pp. 258-261.

Research Interests: Representations of war in Africa literature; Moral issues in African literature; African diasporic literature.

Membership:

Kenyan Writers Association

Association of Third World Studies (ATWS), Georgia, USA

British Institute in Eastern Africa (BIEA)

Modern Language Association of America (MLA)

American Biographical Institute

Address:

Department of Literature, Languages and Linguistics

Egerton University

P.O. Box 536

Egerton 20115, Kenya

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