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Boyagoda, Randy


Professor; University Director, Zone Learning


BA (Toronto); MA and PhD (Boston)


JOR 1014 and ARC 100


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. His most recent scholarly publication is an essay on postcolonial and South Asian readings of William Faulkner’s fiction, which appears in the New Cambridge Companion to William Faulkner (2015).  His latest book is a biography of Fr. Richard John Neuhaus (2015), a SSHRC-supported project that was published to wide critical acclaim and international media attention. He regularly contributes reviews and commentary to a variety of publications, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, National Post, Globe and Mail, New Statesmen, Guardian, and Financial Times (UK). In addition to his monograph and biography, 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 and has been published around the world. He frequently appears on CBC Radio and other media to discuss literature, culture, and current affairs. His current research concerns the place and function of politics in the modern American novel, and he is also currently at work on a new novel. Professor Boyagoda also serves as the President of PEN Canada.  

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.