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Renee Schatteman

Associate Professor

Ph.D., University of Massachusetts at Amherst, 1999


Post-Colonial Literature


Dr. Renée Schatteman came to Georgia State University in the fall of 1999 after attaining her doctorate in postcolonial literature from the University of Massachusetts. Besides teaching postcolonial literature, she assists GSU’s English department in the management and development of the secondary English concentration.

Dr. Schatteman recently co-published a three-volume curriculum guide to African literature entitled Voices from the Continent with Africa World Press. She is currently compiling a collection of interviews with the writer Caryl Phillips. This collection will be published by the University Press of Mississippi in the fall of 2006 in their Conversations Series. Dr. Schatteman’s other research interests are focused on the literature of South Africa, with particular emphasis on writers such as Sindiwe Magona, Zakes Mda, J.M. Coetzee, and Nadine Gordimer.

In her education-related work at GSU, Dr. Schatteman draws upon ten years of experience as a high school English teacher, including two years at a rural school in Zimbabwe, and her background in training prospective teachers at the University of Massachusetts’ School of Education. At GSU, she frequently teaches undergraduate and graduate English courses with a pedagogy focus as well as the senior seminar for Secondary English majors. In addition, she often teaches cross-cultural courses on African writers in the Perspectives program.


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With Dr. Sara Talis O’Brien. Voices from the Continent: A Curriculum Guide to Selected Southern African Literature. Trenton, NJ: Africa World Press, 2005.

With Dr. Sara Talis O’Brien. Voices from the Continent: A Curriculum Guide to Selected North and East African Literature. Trenton, NJ: Africa World Press, 2004.

“The Stories She Writes: An Interview with Sindiwe Magona.” Sindiwe Magona: The First Decade. Ed. Siphokazi Koyana. Scottsville, South Africa: University of KwaZulu-Natal Press, 2004.

With Dr. Sara Talis O’Brien. Voices from the Continent: A Curriculum Guide to Selected West African Literature. Trenton, NJ: Africa World Press, 2003.

“An Interview with Caryl Phillips.” Commonwealth Essays and Studies 23.2 (Spring 2001): 93-106.

“Caryl Phillips, J.M. Coetzee, and Michael Ondaatje: Writing at the Intersection of the Postcolonial and the Postmodern.” Dissertation. September 1999. University of Massachusetts.

” ‘Sent in haste to the bar of God with a lie upon his lips’: Ethical Dilemmas and the Use of Deception in African American Slave Narratives.” Scope: A Journal of African American Thought. Northern Illinois University, 1998. 1-18.

“Fanon and Beyond: Tsitsi Dangarembga and the Nervous Condition of the Colonized Woman.”Beyond Survival: African Literature and the Search for New Life. Eds. Kofi Anyidoho, Abena P.A. Busia, Anne V. Adams. Trenton, NJ: Africa World Press, 1999. 207-216.