Peter Leman

Associate Professor, English

4115 JFSB


Curriculum Vitae

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Teaching Experience

I teach a wide range of courses in 20th century and contemporary British and Anglophone literatures, as well as courses in Law and Literature and Literature and Human Rights.


20th and 21st Century British and Anglophone Literatures, Postcolonial Studies, African Literature, Irish Literature, Law and Literature

Selected Publications

• Singing the Law: Oral Jurisprudence and the Crisis of Colonial Modernity in East African Literature, Liverpool University Press, April 2020.

Peer-Reviewed Articles and Book Chapters
• “What do you call Leopold Bloom with a potato in his pocket?” James Joyce Quarterly. (accepted and forthcoming)
• “The Politics of Living Death in Nuruddin Farah’s Sweet and Sour Milk.” NOVEL: A Forum on Fiction. (forthcoming, issue 54.1, 2021)
• “Introduction: Law and Literature from the Global South.” Co-written with David Babcock. Journal of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies, special issue. Edited by Peter Leman and David Babcock. 7.1 (2019).
• “Law Meets Critical Theory.” Law and Literature (Contemporary Critical Concepts). Ed. by Kieran Dolan. Cambridge University Press, 2017. (invited)
• “Nelson Mandela and Civic Myths: A Law and Literature Approach to Rivonia.” The Courtroom as Space of Resistance: Reflections on 50 Years of the Rivonia Trial. Ed. by Awol Allo. Ashgate Publishing, 2015. (invited)
• “Law and Transnational Utopias in East African Fiction.” Special Issue on “Law and Lawlessness in the Indian Ocean,” ed. by Stephanie Jones. Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies. 16.6 (2014). (invited)
• “China-Africa Relations, Political Conditions, and Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o’s Wizard of the Crow.” ARIEL: A Review of International English Literature. 45.1-2 (2014).
• “African Oral Law and the Critique of Colonial Modernity in The Trial of Jomo Kenyatta.” Law and Literature. 23.1 (2011).
• “Relative Facts: Emergency Law, Northern Ireland, and Brian Friel’s The Freedom of the City.” Text & Presentation, 2009. Ed. by Kiki Gounaridou. The Comparative Drama Conference Series, 6. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2010. 45-60.
• “Singing the Law: Okot p’Bitek’s Legal Imagination and the Poetics of Traditional Justice.” Research in African Literatures. 40.3 (2009).



Citizenship assignments

• Course Coordinator – Writing Literary Criticism (BYU) 2020-Present
• English Department Hiring Committee (BYU) 2019-Present
•External Reader, Research in African Literatures, JALA, ARIEL, PMLA, 2011-Present