Brenna M. Munro, 2021–22

Queer Writing in Digital Times: The Mobile Nigerian Present

NEH Fellowship; Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship, 2021-22

Associate Professor of English, University of Miami

Munro, Brenna M.

Brenna M. Munro is associate professor of English at the University of Miami. Her work operates at the intersection of queer studies and African literature. Her research and teaching explore global queer literature and film, refugee writing and politics, and how digitality shapes and is shaped by the postcolonial literary imagination. Her first book, South Africa and the Dream of Love to Come: Queer Sexuality and the Struggle for Freedom, was published by University of Minnesota Press in 2012; it was a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award in LGBT Studies and won Honorable Mention for the MLA GL/Q Caucus Alan Bray Memorial Book Prize in 2013. Munro is also coeditor of Thinking Queer Activism Transnationally, a 2017 special issue of the open access, multimedia journal The Scholar & Feminist Online. Her work has also appeared in journals such as GLQ and Research in African Literatures.

While at the National Humanities Center, Munro is working on a second book, Queer Writing in Digital Times: The Mobile Nigerian Present. This book charts the recent literary boom in representations of same-sex loving and gender non-conforming Nigerians across global Nigerian writing, analyzing this turn in relation to two other simultaneous shifts: mass migration and the rise of digital media. The project suggests that in this globally scattered, aesthetically varied archive, to be Nigerian is to be part of a mobile modernity, for which queerness is a key and deeply contested sign.

Selected Publications

South Africa and the Dream of Love to Come

  • Munro, Brenna M., and Gema Pérez-Sánchez. “Introduction: Thinking Queer Activism Transnationally.” Scholar and Feminist Online 14, no. 2 (2017).
  • Munro, Brenna M. “Locating ‘Queer’ in Contemporary Writing of Love and War in Nigeria.” Research in African Literatures 47, no. 2 (Summer 2016): 121-38.
  • Munro, Brenna M. “Sexuality and Gender in the African Novel.” In Oxford History of the Novel in English, vol. 11, The Novel in Africa and the Caribbean Since 1950, edited by Simon Gikandi, 167-80. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 2016.
  • Munro, Brenna M. South Africa and the Dream of Love to Come: Queer Sexuality and the Struggle for Freedom. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2012.
  • Munro, Brenna M. “Caster Semenya: Gods and Monsters.” Safundi: The Journal of South African and American Studies 11, no. 4 (2010): 383-96.
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