Simon Lewis


Address: 26 Glebe Street, Room 102
Office Hours: MWF 12 – 1pm, and by appointment
Phone: 843.953.1920

Professor Lewis has been teaching African and Third World Literature at the College of Charleston since 1996. He edits the literary journal Illuminations: An International Magazine of Contemporary Writing, and is closely associated with the Carolina Lowcountry and Atlantic World (CLAW) program.

He has published two monographs, White Women Writers and Their African Invention (2003), and British and African Literature in Transnational Context (2011) with the University Press of Florida, and  has published widely on South African writers, including novelists Olive Schreiner and Nadine Gordimer, and poets Ingrid de Kok, and Dennis Brutus.


Ph.D., University of Florida

M.A., Worcester College Oxford

B.A., Worcester College Oxford

Research Interests

  • South African literature
  • African literature
  • Postcolonial literature
  • South Carolina-West Africa connections

Courses Taught

ENGL 234: Survey of Third World Masterpieces


"The Expatriate African Novel in English." The Novel in Africa and the Caribbean since 1950. Oxford History of the Novel in English, Volume 11 (Oxford: OUP, 2016)

The Civil War as Global Conflict: Transnational Meanings of the American Civil War, co-edited with David T. Gleeson (Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 2014)

Ambiguous Anniversary: The Bicentennial of the International Slave Trade Bans, co-edited with David T. Gleeson (Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 2012)

British and African Literature in Transnational Context (Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2011)

“Slavery, Memory, and the History of the ‘Atlantic Now’: Charleston, South Carolina and Global Racial/Economic Hierarchy.” Journal of Postcolonial Writing 45.2 (2009)

White Women Writers and Their African Invention (Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2003)