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Gareth Griffiths

BA PhD Wales, FAHA, Emeritus Professor

Former affiliation

The University of Western Australia

  • The University of Western Australia (M204), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile

Funding overview

Most recent funding:
ARC Discovery Grant 2007-2009
ARC Discovery Grant 2007-10

Current projects

I have just completed editing a book with Professor Philip Mead on "The Social Role of Narrative: Human Rights and the Cultural Imaginary" that Ibidem and Columbia U.P. will release in 2017. I am beginning work on a similar edited book on Narrative and Mental Health Issues. I am also continuing work on the impact of the South African poet, novelist and critic Stephen Gray.


Educated at Cyfarthfa Castle Grammar School, Merthyr Tydfil and the University of Wales, Cardiff (Senior University Scholarship 1961). Retired 2013. Emeritus Professorship awarded September 2013.
Married with three sons.

Future research

Narrative and Mental Health

Literary engagements with race and gender issues in the enforcement of and opposition to apartheid in late 20th century South Africa

Previous positions

Taught at the University of East Anglia 1967-72, University of Missouri 1972-3, Macquarie University, Sydney 1973-88, University of Western Australia 1989-2002, University at Albany, New York (SUNY Albany) 2002-4, University of Western Australia 2005-2013. Retired 2013.

Roles and responsibilities

Expertise in Post-colonial literature and theory, African English Literatures, Theatre and Drama.

Research interests

Narrative and Human Rights

Mission texts and colonial resistance

Textual Representation of Africa and Africans

The intersections of secular and sacral discourses and practices in the post-Enlightenment period and the implications of changes in these engagements for cultural, social and political practices in the 21st century.

Post-colonial theory and literature.

Issues of identity, culture and land.

Drama, Performance and Cultural representation

Research expertise keywords

  • Postcolonial Theory
  • African Literature
  • Human Rights
  • Religion
  • Postcolonial Theatre
  • African literatures in English
  • Diasporic identities in the Afro-Asian contact zone
  • Mission texts and religion in postcolonial societies
  • Sacral/secular forces in transcultural exchanges
  • Postcolonial literature and theory


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