Professor Imraan Coovadia

AB (Harvard), PhD (Yale)

Office: Arts Block 216
Tel: +27 (0)21 650 2855







Research Interests

Eighteenth- and nineteenth century English and American literature, philosophy and literature, political and social thought of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries including Adam Smith, Hazlitt, Hume, Edmund Burke, and Swift, and contemporary fiction.


Imraan Coovadia is a writer and director of the creative writing programme. He is the author most recently of a novel, The Institute for Taxi Poetry (2012), winner of the M-Net Prize, and a collection of essays, Transformations (2012) which won the South African Literary Award for Creative Non-Fiction. In 2010 his novel High Low In-between won the Sunday Times Fiction Prize and the University of Johannesburg prize. He has published a scholarly monograph with Palgrave, Authority and Authorship in V.S. Naipaul (2009), two earlier novels, and a number of journal articles. His fiction has been published in a number of countries, and he has written for many newspapers, journals, and magazines here and overseas, including the New York Times, N+1, Agni, the Times of India, and Threepenny Review.



The Institute for Taxi Poetry (2012)
Transformations (essays) (2012)
High Low In-between (a novel) (2009)
Authority and Authorship in V.S. Naipaul (2009)
Green-eyed Thieves (2006)
The Wedding (2001)