Institutions and Publishing

‘On strong opinions: celebrity authors in the contemporary agora’, Celebrity Studies, 8.1, 2017.

Semper Aliquid Novi: Reclaiming the Future of Book History from an African Perspective’, Book History, 19, 2016.

Instituting (World) Literature’, The Institution of World Literature, Routledge, 2016.

The Book in South Africa’, Cambridge History of South African Literature, CUP, 2012.

Calder’s Beckett’, Publishing Samuel Beckett, British Library, 2011.

Maurice Blanchot’, SHARP 2008 Programme, plenary paper published in advance of the conference.

Ideas of the Book and Histories of Literature After Theory’, PMLA, 2006.

Book History and Discipline Envy’, The European English Messenger, XIII: 1, Spring 2004.

Modernist Publishing: Nomads and Mapmakers’, A Concise Companion to Modernism, Blackwells, 2003.

A Poem for all Seasons: Yeats, Meaning, and the Publishing History of ‘The Lake Isle of Innisfree’ in the 1890s’, The Yearbook of English Studies, 29, 1999.

Implicit Structures and Explicit Interactions: Pierre Bourdieu and the History of the Book’, The Library, 19.2, 1997.

Literature and Law

Libellous Literature: Elton John and the Perils of Close Reading’, Literature in Law, Bloomsbury, 2015.

That Monstrous Thing’: The Critic as Censor’, Censorship and the Limits of the Literary, Bloomsbury 2015.

The Present is Another Country: A Comment on the 2010 Media Freedom Debate’, Ecquid Novi: African Journalism Studies, 1, 2011.

Old Phrases and Great Obscenities: The Strange Afterlife of Two Victorian Anxieties’, Journal of Victorian Culture, 13.2, 2008.

The Politics of Obscenity Lady Chatterley’s Lover and the Apartheid State’, English Studies in Africa, 47.1, 2004.

The Writer, the Censor, and the Critic: J. M. Coetzee and the Question of Literature’, Book History, 7, 2004.


‘Beyond Professionalism: The Pasts and Futures of Creative Criticism’, The Critic as Amateur, eds. Saikat Majumdar and Aarthi Vadde, (Bloomsbury, 2019).

Seeing through the Concept of World Literature’, Journal of World Literature, 4.1 (2019).

Decolonising literary studies requires ditching finality and certainty’, The Conversation, 16 January 2019.

Censorship through the Millennia. And trying to locate it in the 21st century’, The Conversation, 9 September 2018.

‘”What about criticism?”: Blanchot’s Giant-Windmill’, Literary Activism: A Symposium, ed. Amit Chaudhuri (Boiler House Press, 2017).

Coetzee’s Critique of Language‘, Beyond the Ancient Quarrel: Literature, Philosophy and J. M. Coetzee, eds. Patrick Hayes and Jan Wilm (Oxford, 2017).

‘Arvind Krishna Mehrotra and the Interplay of Languages’, A History of Indian Poetry in English, ed. Rosinka Chaudhuri (Cambridge, 2016).

‘The Space Between: Ways of Looking at the Art of Xu Bing’, Landscape/Landscript, Ashmolean, 2013.

Thinking Interculturally: Amartya Sen’s Lovers Revisited‘, Interventions 13.3, 2011.

The Ethics of Reading and the Question of the Novel: The Challenge of J. M. Coetzee’s Diary of a Bad Year’, Novel, 43.3, 2010.

Disgrace EffectsInterventions 4.3, 2002.