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-


“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.


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


Department of Literature, Languages and Linguistics

Egerton University

P.O. Box 536

Egerton 20115, Kenya


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