Bart Moore-Gilbert

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Bart Moore-Gilbert (8 December 1952 - 2 December 2015) was a Tanzanian born British academic, orientalist and political campaigner, most widely known for his work in the field of postcolonial literary studies and theory. His work has been translated into fifteen languages. Moore-Gilbert taught at Goldsmiths College, University of London, a position he held from 1998.[1] His final academic study, the first critical assessment of postcolonial life-writing in English, was published by Routledge in June 2009.[2]

In 2014, Verso published Moore-Gilbert's memoir, The Setting Sun: A Memoir of Empire and Family Secrets, a highly acclaimed account of his travels in India undertaken to shed light on his father's alleged role in acts of British colonial brutality.[3] The book, which combined elements of travel writing, historical research and personal memoir, received positive reviews in The Guardian, Hürriyet Daily News, and Times Educational Supplement and was shortlisted for the PEN Ackerley Prize.[4][5][6]

Moore-Gilbert died in Trinity Hospice on 2 December 2015 after a battle with kidney cancer. During his illness, he kept a blog tracing the development of his cancer and his treatment.[7]

Selected publications[edit]

External links[edit]

  • Voices of victimhood, review of Post-Colonial Theory in the Times Higher Education Supplement, accessed 2008-11-28


  1. ^ "Moore-Gilbert's page at Goldsmiths College". Retrieved 2008-11-28. 
  2. ^ "Lecture: Postcolonial Life Writing". 
  3. ^ "Bart Moore-Gilbert: the truth about my father". Times Higher Education (THE). Retrieved 2015-12-13. 
  4. ^ "Bart Moore-Gilbert has been shortlisted for the 2015 PEN Ackerley Prize!". Retrieved 2015-12-13. 
  5. ^ "The Setting Sun by Bart Moore-Gilbert – review". the Guardian. Retrieved 2015-12-13. 
  6. ^ "FOLDED CORNER - The Setting Sun: A Memoir of Empire and Family Secrets". Retrieved 2015-12-13. 
  7. ^ "oftherightkidney". oftherightkidney. Retrieved 2015-12-13.