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Boyagoda, Randy


Associate Professor; University Director, Zone Learning


BA (Toronto); MA and PhD (Boston)


JOR 1014 and Digital Media Zone, 6th floor


416-979-5000 ext 4745

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Writer, critic and scholar Randy Boyagoda is the author of a scholarly monograph on immigration and American identity in the fiction of Salman Rushdie, Ralph Ellison, and William Faulkner. He also contributes reviews and commentary to a variety of publications, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, National Post, Globe and Mail, and Financial Times (UK). In addition to his 2008 monograph, he has written two novels. The first, Governor of the Northern Province, was a 2006 nominee for the ScotiaBank Giller Prize. His second novel, Beggar’s Feast, was a 2012 nominee for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Prize and a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice. He frequently appears on CBC Radio and other media to discuss literature, culture, and current affairs. His next book, a biography of Fr. Richard John Neuhaus, will be published in 2015. He is currently at work on a new novel.  

Research Interests:

20C American literature and culture; religion and American public life; immigration and American identity; globalization theory; secularization theory; Sri Lankan history, literature, and culture. 

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