Head of Department

Professor M A Brown


BA (Hons) MA (Rhodes) MA (London) DLitt (Pretoria) ATCL (Trinity College London) CELTA

Humanities 16-14

Tel: +27 12 420 2421

E-mail: [email protected]

OrcId: 0000-0001-5775-5058


Prof. M. A. Brown, BA(Hons) MA (Rhodes) MA (London), DLitt (Pret), ATCL (Trinity College, London) CELTA (Cambridge), is the Head of Department. Her interests are varied but tend to cluster about lyric poetry, eighteenth-century literature and all forms of the romance from Spenser and Malory to Tolkien, Le Guin and J.K. Rowling. Students who secretly commit poetry or lurk around the science fiction shelves of their local bookshop are welcome! Her DLitt was entitled Memes, magic and the making of meaning in re-visioning fantasy for young adults.

Research areas:

The Romance from Malory to contemporary science fiction, fantasy and children’s literature

Recent publications:

2014. "Guilt, guns, girls and ghettos: Adjacent futures in selected post-apartheid fantasies." Tydskrif vir Letterkunde, 51(2), pp. 28-39.

“Light on shades: complex constructions of identity in the poems of Chris Mann”. English Academy Review, 2011, 28(1) May, pp. 64-72.

“The physics of responsibility: alternate worlds and adolescent choices”. Mousaion, 2010, 28(2), pp. 1-13.

“Harry Potter and the reluctant reader”. Mousaion, 2009, 27(2) Special edition. pp. 47-57.

“Towards reclaiming the colonised mind: the liberating fantasies of Duiker and Ihimaera. Papers: Explorations into Children’s Literature, 2008, 18 (2), pp. 35-40.

Between a rock and a hard place: hidden stories and The hidden star. Mousaion, 26 (2), 2008, pp.162-173.

Why are South Africans afraid of tokoloshes? The Lion and the Unicorn, 32 (3), 2008, pp. 260-270.


Departmental administrator
Mrs Lindiwe Mtimunye


Humanities 16-14

Tel: +27 12 420 2421
[email protected]




Prof D Medalie

BA (Hons) (Witwatersrand) (MPhil) (Oxford) (DPhil) (Oxford)

Humanities 16-18
Tel: +27 12 420 2716
[email protected]


Professor D. Medalie, BA(Hons)(Wits) MPhil, DPhil (Oxford) is the Director of the Unit for Creative Writing at the University of Pretoria. He is also a professor in the Department of English, where he teaches Honours courses, supervises Master's and PhD students and is the co-ordinator of the M.A. and PhD programmes.

Prof. Medalie is a novelist, short story writer, anthologist and academic. His teaching and research interests include Modernism and early twentieth century literature; South African literature and Jane Austen. 

Prof. Medalie’s second collection of short stories, The Mistress’s Dog (published in 2010 by Picador Africa/ Pan Macmillan) was short-listed in 2011 for the University of Johannesburg Literary Award. The title story was awarded the Thomas Pringle Award by the English Academy of Southern Africa. It was also short-listed for the Caine Prize for African Writing. In addition, it was selected as one of the best twenty short stories of the post-apartheid period and published in 2014 in a collection entitled Twenty in 20.

Research areas:

Early twentieth century literature (especially Modernism), South African literature, creative writing.

Recent publications:

2018. ‘Borrowed by the Wind’ (short story). As You Like It: The Gerald Kraak Anthology (Vol. II): African Perspectives on Gender, Social Justice and Sexuality. Auckland Park: Jacana; The Other Foundation. 

2017. Recognition: An Anthology of South African Short Stories. Selected and Introduced by David Medalie. Johannesburg: Witwatersrand University Press. 288pp.

2017. ‘“The Line of Maurice: Forster, Hollinghurst and the “Social Fabric”’. English Studies in Africa. Vol 60, no.1. 46-59.

2017. ‘The Secret Knows’ (short story). New Contrast. Vol. 45, Winter 2017.   

2016. ‘“Remembering my life under apartheid with fondness”: the memoirs of Jacob Dlamini and Chris van Wyk’. English in Africa. Vol. 43, no.3. 43-60.

2015. ‘At the Dying of Two Centuries: Heart of Darkness and Disgrace’. Outposts of Progress: Joseph Conrad, Modernism and Post-Colonialism. Eds. Gail Fincham, Jeremy Hawthorn and Jakob Lothe. Claremont: UCT Press/ Juta. 72-83.

'‘Myself creating what I saw’: sympathy and solipsism in Jane Austen’s Emma'. English Studies in Africa, 2013, 56: 2, pp.1-13.

“‘To Retrace Your Steps’: The Power of the Past in Post-Apartheid Literature”. English Studies in Africa, 2012, Vol.55, No.1. 3-15.

“The Uses of Nostalgia”. English Studies in Africa, 2010, Vol. 53, No.1. 35-44.

“Alan Paton’s Short Fiction: Authority and Other Quandaries in The Hero of Currie Road”. English in Africa, 2010, Vol. 37, No.2. 57-70.

“Bloomsbury and Other Values”. The Cambridge Companion to E. M. Forster. Ed. David Bradshaw. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007, 32-46.

The Cry of Winnie Mandela: Njabulo Ndebele’s Post-Apartheid Novel.” English Studies in Africa, 2006, Vol. 49, No. 2. 51-65.

Creative Writing:

The Mistress's Dog (Short Stories) Johannesburg: Picador Africa/ Pan Macmillan. 2010. 191pp.

“The Mistress's Dog”. To See the Mountain and Other Stories: The Caine Prize for African Writing 2011. Oxford: New Internationalist Publications. 60-68.

“Brother Out of Darkness”. New Contrast, 2012, Vol. 40, No.2.

Prof C Sandwith

BA (Hons), MA (Natal), PhD (UKZN)

Humanities 16-16

Tel 012 420 2617

Email: [email protected]

OrcId: 0000-0002-5878-2493

Professor Corinne Sandwith, BA (Hons) (University of Natal) MA (University of Natal) PhD (UKZN), is a Professor in the department. Her research interests include African print and reading cultures and the history of reading and cultural debate in early apartheid South Africa. Recent work focuses on the social lives of books and print materials, exploring questions such as the production/publication of African literature and the circulation and citation of texts in disparate reading contexts.

Her monograph, World of Letters: Reading Communities and Cultural Debates in Early Apartheid South Africa (UKZN Press 2014) won the University of Pretoria Vice-Chancellor’s Book Award (2016) and was shortlisted for the National Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences (NHISS) Award for Best Monograph (2016).

Research areas:

South African intellectual history, book history, the South African public sphere, South African and African literature, the postcolony.

Some recent publications and papers:

“History by Paratext: Reading Thomas Mofolo’s Chaka. Journal of Southern African Studies, 2018, 44(3), pp. 471-490.

“The Appearance of the Book: Towards the Reading Lives and Worlds of Black South African Readers” English in Africa, 2018, 45. 1 (April 2018), pp. 11–38.

“The Banality of Violence: Reading the Daily Sun”. In: Tracks and Traces of Violence: The Representation and Memorialisation of Violence in Africa in Art, Literature and Anthropology. Edited by BIGSAS Workgroup Tracks and Traces of Violence. Berlin: Lit Verlag Dr. W. Hopf, 2017, pp. 181-196.

"The Idea of Reading in Early Twentieth Century South Africa. Journal of Southern African Studies, 2016, 42(6), pp. 1095-1108.

"Frailties of the Flesh: Observing the Body in Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Purple Hibiscus." Research in African Literatures, 2016, 47(1), pp. 95-108.

World of Letters: Reading Communities and Cultural Debates in Early Apartheid South Africa. Pietermaritzburg: UKZN Press, 2014.

“‘Yours for Socialism’: Communist Cultural Discourse in Early Apartheid South Africa”. Safundi, 2013, 14(3), pp. 283–306.

Africa South: Viewpoints and Perspectives, 1956–1961. Edited by MJ Daymond and Corinne Sandwith. Pietermaritzburg: UKZN Press, 2011.

“Postcolonial Violence: Narrating South Africa, May 2008”. Current Writing, 2010, October 22(2), pp. 60–82.

“The Work of Cultural Criticism: Re-visiting The South African Opinion.” Alternation, 2008, 15(1), pp. 38–70.

“‘Entering the Territory of Incitement’: Oppositionality and Africa South.” Social Dynamics, 2009, 35(1), pp 123–136.

Progressing with a Vengeance: The Woman Reader/Writer in the African Press. In: Comparative Print Cultures: A Study of Alternative Modernities. Ed. Rasoul Aliakbari. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2020: pp. 143-164 

Well-Seasoned Talks: The Newspaper Column and the Satirical Mode in South African Letters. Special Issue on African print cultures entitled Authorship and Print Sociability edited by Isabel Hofmeyr and Derek Peterson. Social Dynamics, 2019. 45(1) 2019: pp. 103-120.

Fasselt, Rebecca, Corinne Sandwith and Khulukazi Soldati-Kahimbaara. “The Short Story in South Africa Post-2000: Critical Reflections on a Genre in Transition.” Special Issue on the Short Story in South Africa Post-2000. Journal of Commonwealth Literature, 55(1) March 2020: pp 4-21.

Reading and Roaming the Racial City:  R.R. R. Dhlomo and The Bantu World. Special Issue on African Popular Culture edited by Lynda Gichanda Spencer and Minesh Dass. English in Africa, 45(3) 2018: pp 17-39.

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Senior Lecturer

Dr PC Lenahan

BA (Hons) MEd (Rhodes) MPhil (Oxford) CELTA DELTA (Cambridge) DipTEFLA (RSA/Cambridge) DLitt (Pret)

Humanities 16-24
Tel: +27 12 420 4769

E-mail: [email protected]


Dr Patrick Lenahan, BA(Hons) MEd(Rhodes) MPhil(Oxford) DELTA (Cambridge), DLItt (Pret) is a senior lecturer in the Department. His interests and specialist fields are 16th and 17th century literature (including Shakespeare) and TESOL theory, methodology and practice. He is also interested in Thomas Pringle and Olive Schreiner. His doctorate focused on the work of Thomas Pringle. 


Senior Lecturer

Dr R Fasselt

MA (Free University Berlin), PhD (Free University Berlin)

Humanities 16-26
+27 12 420 6809 or +27 12 420 2421
[email protected]

OrcId: 0000-0001-8011-0266

Dr Rebecca Fasselt is particularly interested in literary and cultural connections between South Africa and other parts of Africa. Her PhD thesis examined the portrayal of migrants from elsewhere on the African continent in South African literature published after 2000. She is currently working on a comparative project engaging with recent theorisations of contemporary Nigerian and South African literature. Another research focus is on postcolonial novels written in the first-person plural voice.

Research Areas:
African literatures, Nigerian third generation writing, postapartheid fiction, postcolonial theory, narratology, Afropolitanism, intra-African migration, gender studies 

Recent Publications:

“Decolonising the Afropolitan: Intra-African Migrations in post-2000 Literature.” Handbook of African Literature. Ed. Moradewun Adejunmobi and Carli Coetzee. London: Routledge. Forthcoming 2018. 

Fasselt, Rebecca, Corinne Sandwith and Khulukazi Soldati-Kahimbaara. “The Short Story in South Africa Post-2000: Critical Reflections on a Genre in Transition.” Special Issue on the Short Story in South Africa Post-2000. Journal of Commonwelath Literature (2018). DOI: 10.1177/0021989418778080

 “Rewriting Kinship: Trans-African Family Formations and Postcolonial Disillusionment in Niq Mhlongo’s After Tears.” Social Dymanics 43.3 (2017): 470-486. DOI: 10.1080/02533952.2017.1390880 

 “Making and Unmaking ‘African Foreignness’:  African Settings, African Migrants and the Migrant Detective in Contemporary South African Crime Fiction.” Journal of Southern African Studies 42.6 (2016): 1109-1124. DOI: 10.1080/03057070.2016.1253925 

“Towards a ‘New Africanity’: Southern Connectivities and Lusofonia in Imraan Coovadia’s Alternate History in The Institute for Taxi Poetry.” Current Writing: Text and Reception in Southern Africa  28.1 (2016): 26-39.

 “‘Where to Locate the Self?’ Gendered Hospitality, African Immigration and White Self-Renewal in Nadine Gordimer’s The Pickup.” Journal of Literary Studies 32.2 (2016): 13-36. DOI: 10.1080/02564718.2016.1198153

“(Post)colonial We-Narratives and the ‘Writing Back’ Paradigm: Joseph Conrad’s The Nigger of the Narcissus and Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o’s A Grain of Wheat.” Poetics Today 37.1 (2016): 155-179.  DOI:10.1215/03335372-3452655

“Reassessing Thematic Crossings between South Africa and Nigeria: Postcolonial Leadership and Power in Mandla Langa’s The Lost Colours of the Chameleon and Helon Habila’s Waiting for an Angel.” ArielA Review of International English Literature 46.3 (2015): 23-53.

“Nigeria in the Cape: Afropolitanism and Alienation in Yewande Omotoso’s Bom Boy.” Research in African Literatures 46.2 (2015): 119-145.

“A ‘Touch of Africa’: Liberal ‘Bildung’ through an Encounter with African Immigrants in Andrew Brown’s Refuge.” Scrutiny2 20.1 (2015): 128-146. DOI: 10.1080/18125441.2015.1039052

“Towards an ‘Afropolitan Deixis’: Hospitality and ‘You’ and ‘We’ Narration in Phaswane Mpe’s Welcome to Our Hillbrow.” English Studies in Africa 57.2 (2014): 98-114. DOI: 10.1080/00138398.2014.963287

“‘Opening up to the Rest of Africa’?: Continental Connections and Literary (Dis)Continuities in Simão Kikamba’s Going Home and Jonathan Nkala’s The Crossing.” Journal of Literary Studies 30.1 (2014): 70-93. DOI: 10.1080/02564718.2014.887623

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Senior Lecturer
Dr JA Goedhals

BA (Hons) (Rhodes) MA (Wits) DLitt (UP)

Humanities 16-30

Tel: +27 12 420 2421 or x3985
[email protected]


Dr Antony Goedhals, BA (Hons) (Rhodes) MA (Wits) DLitt (UP), is a lecturer in the Department. His teaching and research interests include Anglo-Saxon literature; Medieval literature, particularly Chaucer; the history of the novel, with especial reference to Daniel Defoe; William Blake; Victorian literature and cultural history – particularly the Anglo-American encounter with Buddhism; Lafcadio Hearn; Modernism – especially the novels of Joseph Conrad and the poetry of W. B. Yeats and Wallace Stevens; the novels of J. M. Coetzee. He has completed a PhD on the Victorian writer Lafcadio Hearn, which was published by Brill in July 2020:


Recent Publications/Papers

Goedhals, J. Antony. 2018. Auctour and Auctoritee in Chaucer’s The Book of the Duchess. 

Studia Neophilologica. doi:10.1080/00393274.2018.1465848 

Goedhals, J. Antony. 2017. ‘Revisioning Reality: Transcending Space and Time in the Buddhist Writings of Lafcadio Hearn’. Scrutiny2: Issues in English Studies in Southern Africa, 22:2, 96-111.

Goedhals, J. Antony. 2015. ‘Lafcadio Hearn's odyssey: a home at the end of the world’. Scrutiny2: Issues in English Studies in Southern Africa, 20:1, 39-53.

Goedhals, J. Antony. 2013. Lafcadio Hearn and George Gould’s ‘Philosophy of Spectacles’: the story of a Buddhist–Christian encounter. In Nicéphore, Anastasia & Brooks, David (eds).  Diasporic Identities and Empire: Cultural Contentions and Literary Landscapes (pp. 199 – 212). Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars.

Goedhals, J. Antony. ‘Lafcadio Hearn’s Buddhism: Glimpses of a Secular Salvation’. Paper presented on 10 July 2013 at the AUETSA conference. Grahamstown, South Africa.

Dr Charne Lavery


BA Hons UCT, MSt Oxford, DPhil Oxford

Humanities 16-6

Tel 012 420 2421

Email: [email protected]

Orcid ID:

Charne Lavery, BA Hons UCT, MSt Oxford, DPhil Oxford, is a lecturer in the Department of English at the University of Pretoria and researcher on the Oceanic Humanities for the Global South project based at the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research (WISER), University of the Witwatersrand ( She explores literary and cultural representations of the deep ocean, the Indian Ocean, and the Southern Ocean and Antarctic seas, researching oceanic underworlds of the global South from a postcolonial-ecological perspective. She is the South African Humanities and Social Sciences delegate to the international Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR), co-editor of the Palgrave series Maritime Literature and Culture, and has recently published articles on ‘The Oceanic South’ and ‘Antarctica and Africa’.

Research interests

Postcolonial and colonial literature and theory, Ecocriticism, Oceanic humanities, Indian Ocean studies, African literature, Indian literature, Antarctic humanities, Global South studies, transnationalism

Recent publications

‘Lascars, Drifters, Aquanauts,’ in Margaret Cohen (ed), A Cultural History of the Sea in the Age of Empire, Bloomsbury, forthcoming 2019

‘Wakanda Phambili: African Science Fiction Prototyping for Reimagining the Anthropocene’ co-authored with Laura Pereira, Busiso Moyo, Nadia Sitas, Rike Sitas, Odirilwe Selomane, Christopher Trisos, Olive Zgambo, for Futures, Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2019

‘Thinking from the Southern Ocean’ for Sustaining the Seas, eds Kate Johnson and Elspeth Probyn, Rowan and Littlefield Publishers, forthcoming 2019

‘The Oceanic South’ with co-author Meg Samuelson for ‘Hydro-Criticism’ special issue of English Language Notes, 57:1, April 2019

‘The Indian Ocean meets the South Seas: Abdulrazak’s Gurnah’s Desertion and Robert Louis Stevenson’s Beachcombers,’ Wasafiri: A Journal of Postcolonial Studies, 89, 2017

‘Drift’ in Pamila Gupta and Gabrielle Hecht (eds), ‘Toxities, Waste and Detritus’, special issue of Somatosphere, Dec 2017

‘”The Darker Side of Durban”: South African Crime Fiction and Indian Ocean Underworlds’, Journal of Southern African Studies, 42:3, 2016

‘Outsides and Outsiders: Environmental Critique in Leonard Woolf’s The Village in the Jungle and Romesh Gunesekera’s Reef’, Journal of Commonwealth Literature, 50:1, 2015

‘White-washed Minarets and Slimy Gutters: Abdulrazak Gurnah, Narrative Form and Indian Ocean Space’, English Studies in Africa, 56:1, 2013

Dr Nedine Moonsamy

Senior Lecturer

BADA (Wits), MA (University of Poona, India), MA (Wits), Ph.D (Wits).

Humanities 16-23

Tel: (012) 420-4598 

[email protected]

OrcId: 0000-0003-1052-5989

Dr Nedine Moonsamy is interested in a host of areas that include literary theory, postcolonial literature, cultural studies, photography, film and science fiction in Africa. She is  currently working on a monograph on contemporary South African fiction and also conducts research on Science Fiction in Africa. Her second project considers how African authors adapt the genre to suit the continent, its sociopolitical complexities and the nuances of its varying cultural milieus. Her debut novel, The Unfamous Five is published by Modjaji Books (2019).

Research Areas:

Contemporary african literature, nostalgia studies, nationalism, post-apartheid, whiteness, time, temporality, memory, postcolonialism, apocalypse, science fiction, race, gender, utopia, dystopia, futurity, ecology, afrofuturism, technicity.

Recent Publications:



Dr C Guldimann


BA Hons, MA (UCT), CELT TEFL (Dublin), Ph.D. (London)

Humanities 16-10



OrcID: 0000-0003-1492-1065 

Having lived and worked in 5 countries across the globe, Colette has a keen interest in transnational cultural crossings and how cultural meanings change when forms cross national boundaries.  After a Ph.D. thesis tracing Transatlantic exchanges of popular culture between South African Drum magazine and American / African-American media in the 1950s, her current research project focuses on interpretations of popular cultural forms within postcolonial contexts, particularly the postcolonial detective genre in Africa.
Her publications combine a variety of theoretical approaches (postcolonial, feminist and film theory, psychoanalysis, postmodernism, semiotics) to illuminate a diverse range of subjects: Southern African literature, popular culture and contemporary British poetry. 

Research Areas:

Popular fiction (crime fiction, romance, graphic novels) in South Africa, Africa and Postcolonial contexts; Southern African literature and Media, Colonial and Postcolonial literature, Creative Writing. 

Recent Publications:

Journal articles / papers:

Forensics as a signifier of postcolonial change in South African and Moroccan police procedurals. Presented at Captivating Criminality 3: Crime Fiction, Felony, Fear and Forensics, 23 – 25th June 2016, Corsham Court, Bath Spa University, United Kingdom.

The Protean new South Africa in Deon Meyer's Heart of the Hunter. Scrutiny2: Special issue on South African crime fiction. 19 1 (2014): 80-92.

Book chapter:

“Imported from America” or fugitive forgeries? Drum Magazine and black popular culture in apartheid South Africa.  In Falola, Toyin & Ngom, Fallou (Eds.) Oral and Written Expressions of African Cultures. Durham: Carolina Academic Press, 2009.

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Full cv August 2018

Mr Georg Nöffke


BA, BA (Hons), MA (Pretoria)
Humanities 16-11

Tel 012 420 2421

Email: [email protected]


Mr Georg Nöffke, BA (Hons), MA (Pretoria) is interested in twentieth-century and contemporary literature, Modernism, intertextuality, and the work of Ted Hughes, Sylvia Plath and J.M. Coetzee in particular. He  completed cum laude his  MA which focuses on the intertextual dialogue between Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath in selected poems, and is finalising his PhD on Sylvia Plath. 

Research areas:

Ted Hughes, Sylvia Plath, contemporary literature

Some recent publications and papers:

“‘That gallop was practice’: a horse ride as practice run for things to come in Sylvia Plath’s ‘Whiteness I remember’ and Ted Hughes’s ‘Sam’.” English Academy Review, 30: 2, October, 2013, pp. 6-20.

“These super people: the superimposition of Ted Hughes's ‘Brasilia’ on Sylvia Plath's ‘Brasilia’.” Paper presented at Sylvia Plath Symposium, University of Indiana, 2012.

Dr I Noomé

Senior Lecturer

BA (Hons) MA (Pretoria) HED (Unisa) DLitt (Pretoria)

Humanities 16-29
Tel: +27 12 420 3379 / 2421
[email protected]

orcid: 0000-0002-9405-3685


Dr Idette Noomé, BA(Hons) MA(Pretoria) HED(Unisa), DLitt (Pretoria) is a lecturer in the Department. Her MA was entitled Milton's Paradise Lost and Paradise Regained and Klopstock's Messias: A Comparative Study. Her interests include Anglo-Saxon, Middle English, 17th century literature and modern drama. She focuses on comparative literature, translation and specialist editing, for which she has developed under- and postgraduate courses. She is also very interested in children's literature, and has initiated a research project on late 19th and early 20th century children's literature at the Sammy Marks Museum. Her DLitt was entitled Widening readership - A case study of the translation of indigenous law.

Research areas:

Translation and comparative studies, plain language, children's literature (L.M. Montgomery, Louisa May Alcott, late 19th and early 20th century literature for girls), Milton, Chaucer

Recent papers and publications:

Noome, Idette. (2018). "The nature of the beast: Pets and people in L.M. Montgomery’s fiction", in L. M. Montgomery and the Matter of Nature(s), Edited ny R. Bode & J. Mitchell, McGill-Queen's University Press.  

Noome, Idette. (2018). "Re-membering local African history – translating the biography of Muhlava I              of the Vankuna into English." JLS, 34(3):36-56.

Noome, Idette. (2016). "The Marula Tree on the Boundary: Inclusive translation?" 7th Triennial ACLALS conference (Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies, 10-15 July 2016, University of Stellenbosch.

Noome, Idette. (2016). "Translating the Crucifixion: The Dream of the Rood.”  23rd International conference of the Southern African Society for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 25-28 August 2016, Mont Fleur, Stellenbosch, Imagining Transformation in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.

"Justice for all? Accountable translations of texts on indigenous law." International Journal for African Renaissance Studies, 2015, 10(2).

“What the little Markses knew about Africa.” English Academy Review, 2006, 23(1): 84-101.

“Top dogs and underdogs: insiders and outsiders in selected girls’ school literature.” Children’s Books and Child Readers, Constructions of Childhood in English Juvenile Fiction. Bimberg, C & Kullmann, T. (eds). Aachen: Shaker Verlag. ISBN 703-8322-5382-3. Pp.115-143. 2006.

(with P.J.H. Titlestad) “D.H. Lawrence at the University of Pretoria.” In D. H. Lawrence Around the World: South African Perspectives (ed. J Phelps). Echoing Green Press. ISBN: 978-0980250114. 2007.

“The language editor/supervisor dilemma.” AUETSA conference: Rebranding English. (Proceedings). UCT Press. (2004):67-75.

“Shaping the Self: A Bildungsroman for girls?” Literator, 2004, 25(2) August, pp. 125-149.

(translation). Machens, Eberhard W. 2009. Platinum, Gold and Diamonds: The Adventure of Hans Merensky’s Discoveries. Pretoria: Protea Book House. ISBN 987-1869-200-6. (Biography, 308 pp).


Research Associate

Dr Tatjana Pavlov-West

MA English and American Literature, French Literature, Art History (Technical University of Berlin), PhD English (University of Pretoria)

E-mail: [email protected]


Dr. Tatjana Pavlov-West worked as a lecturer in English Literary and Cultural Studies at the Universities of Berlin (TU), Potsdam, Pretoria and most recently Tübingen. She has a variety of research interests combining literary and visual cultures. Whereas her MA was concerned with the relationship between text and image in Peter Greenaway’s postmodern films and their allusions to the British theatre of the 17th century, her PhD looked at different approaches to trauma in literary, visual and performance cultures. The project, now published in book form, looks at the difference between language loss as symptomatic reaction towards a single traumatic event as explained by Western trauma theorists, and the loss of language as part of insidious traumas, caused and perpetuated by continuing forms of structural discrimination such as slavery, colonization and neo-colonization. Her temporary journey into speech therapy with a focus on mutism, and her following stay in South Africa triggered her interest in different forms of language loss, trauma and alternative Global South approaches towards it. Having worked for two years as a lecturer in the English Department at UP (and partly as an adjunct lecturer in the Visual Studies Department), she is now back in Germany but remains affiliated with the department as a research associate. Dr. Pavlov-West currently teaches English and French at high-school level and is embarked upon a project to “decolonize” EFL curricular material and further the status of Global Learning within secondary school teaching.

Research Areas:
Global South Studies, Postcolonial Studies, Literary and Cultural Studies, Global Learning, Performance Art and Poetry, Trauma literature, Postmodernism, 17th century drama

Recent Publications:


Images of the Wounded Mouth: Dissonant Approaches to Trauma in Global South Literary, Visual and Performance Cultures Tübingen: Narr-Francke-Attempto, 2020.


“Philomela X, a (his)story of silenced identities: André Brink’s The Other Side of Silence”, Literaturwissenschaftliches Jahrbuch Bd. 58 (2017): 377-398.

“Jeanette Winterson’s Sexing the Cherry”, The English Novel, 1900–2000: Text and Theory. Ed. Christoph Reinfandt. Berlin: De Gruyter, 2017: 424-444.

“Food and the (de)colonization of the female body in South African performance art”. Body, Between Materiality and Power. Essays in Visual Studies. Ed. Nasheli Jimenz del Val. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars, 2016: 47-161.

„Wenn Theorie auf Praxis trifft: Ambulante Gruppentherapie für selektiv mutistische Jugendliche“., 5 (April 2011): 16-20.

“Consuming the Body: Literal and Metaphorical Cannibalism in Peter Greenaway’s Films“, The Abject of Desire: The Aestheticization of the Unaesthetic in Contemporary Culture. Eds. M. Müller and K. Kutzbach. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2007: 129-47.

The Cook, The Thief, His Wife, and Her Lover: A Contemporary Revenge Tragedy”, New Beginnings in 20th-Century Drama and Theatre, Eds. Peter Zenzinger and Christiane Schlote. Trier: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, 2003: 465-82.

Prof. A. Chennells


Professor Anthony Chennells, an internationally renowned scholar of African literature, has been appointed an Extraordinary Professor in the Department of English since 2004. Prof Chennells taught until his retirement at the University of Zimbabwe. He is also a visiting scholar and research associate at the University of California at Santa Cruz.

Research areas:

Colonial and Postcolonial literatures, the British novel

Some recent publications:

"Historical novel or novel history? Michael Cawood Green's For the Sake of Silence.” English Academy Review, 29(1), May 2012, pp. 33-45.

“Inculturated Catholicisms in Chimamanda Adichie's Purple Hibiscus.” English Academy Review, 26(1), June 2012, pp. 265-276.

“Savages and settlers in Dickens: reading multiple centres.” In Jordan & N. Perera (eds.), Global Dickens, Farnham (UK) and Burlington (US): Ashgate (pp. 311-330). 9781409436119. 2012.

“Partisan politics: narrative realism and the rise of the British novel.” Heythrop Journal, A Quarterly Review of Philosophy and Theology, 2011, pp. 148-149.

“Nationalism, memory and history in nineteenth-century Britain: a review essay." Heythrop Journal, A Quarterly Review of Philosophy and Theology, 2011, pp. 86-91.

“Imperialism, reform and the making of Englishness in Jane Eyre.” Heythrop Journal, A Quarterly Review of Philosophy and Theology, 2011, pp. 152-153.

“Inculturated Catholicism’s in Chimamanda Adichie’s Purple Hibiscus.” English Academy Review. 26(1). 2009, pp. 15-26.

Research Associate

Dr A Myburgh

MA, D Litt (UP)

Albert Myburgh obtained a DLitt in English from the University of Pretoria in 2018. In his thesis, Life, death and the afterlife in selected nineteenth-century British Gothic novels, he argues that death is used as a motif in these works to explore ontological concerns around ways of knowing, liminal forms of existence, and forgiveness. He is interested mainly in literature of the late eighteenth to early twentieth centuries, particularly Gothic literature, ghost stories, and sensation fiction. His article “Cathy’s subversive ‘Black Art’ in Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights” was published in the English Academy Review in 2018.


Ms Marieke Krynauw







BA, BA Hons (English) (Pret)

Humanities 16-5
Tel 012 420 2421

OrcId: 0000-0003-2050-9827

Ms Marieke Krynauw, BA, BA Hons (English) MA (English) (Pret), is interested in a wide variety of areas, including contemporary children’s and adolescent literature, Modernism, and literary representations of spatiality. For her Honours degree, she completed a mini-dissertation which explored liminality and liminal spaces in selected works by David Almond. She has completed cum laude an MA on the representation and production of sacred space in David Almond’s novels, and is currently working on a PhD on Virginia Woolf.

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Ms Michal-Maré Linden

BA (Music), BA (Hons) (English), MA (English) Pret

Humanities 16-5
Tel 012 420 2421
Ms Michal-Maré Linden, BA (Music), BA (Hons) (English), MA (English) Pret, has a number of research interests including contemporary media forms, such as newspapers, magazines and social media, African literature and literature by and about women. She also loves current news, politics and studies around protest.  She completed her mini-dissertation titled "The Y-connection: A comparative study of Todd Matshikiza’s music journalism in Drum and the music journalism of Y-Mag as representative of urban cultures in transition" in 2015.  Her MA was inspired by her time as Editor at the campus newspaper and is titled "Narrating the 2015 Fees Must Fall movement: explanations, contestations, and forms of meaning-making in the public sphere". She is currently working on a PhD about the narratives surrounding violence against women on South African university campuses.
Ms Suzanne Jacobs

BA, BA Hons, MA (English) (Pretoria)

Humanities 16-4

Tel 012 420 2421

Ms Suzanne Jacobs, BA (Visual Art), BA (Hons) (English), MA (English) Pret, is currently pursuing a PhD on the topic of tutoring undergraduates in literary analysis through an automated system. She aims to investigate whether undergraduate performance might be improved by a chatbot which presents individual students with customised selections of multiple choice questions, based on trends in the performance of the individual student and of other students.  

Her research interests include undergraduate teaching, study methods, and early twentieth century fantasy and folkloristics. Her MA dissertation explored the impact of folklore studies on the uses and effects of covert allusions in the work of J.R.R. Tolkien.

Recent publications and papers:

Jacobs, S. 2020. "Tolkien’s Tom Bombadil: An Enigma '(Intentionally)'," Mythlore: A Journal of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Charles Williams, and Mythopoeic Literature: Vol. 38 : No. 2 , Article 6. Available at:

Jacobs, S. 2016. J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings: Fellowships, Kings, Towns and Towers “. Persons and Cities conference, 5-6 September, UP, Pretoria. 

Ms Nicole Best







BA (Languages and Literature), BA (English Hons) (Pretoria), MA (Pret)

Humanities 16-4
Tel 012 420 2421

Ms Nicole Best, BA (Languages and Literature), BA (English Hons) (Pretoria), is interested in diverse areas which include genre fiction, specifically science fiction and fantasy; classical Greek literature and its abiding influence on contemporary literature and culture; the intersection of the equally-foreign countries of contemporary science fiction and classical literatures; adaptation, originality, and intertextuality; representations of gender and sexuality; feminist theory; and canonicity. She also maintains a keen interest in creative writing and literary theory, and has published her poetry in New Contrast.

For her Honours degree she completed a mini-dissertation entitled Troy to Marthatown: the adaptation of selected Trojan plays by Euripides in Sheri S. Tepper’s The Gate to Women’s Country. More recently, she was awarded an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation scholarship for her MA research, which pertains to the human face and cost of inequalities and involves science fiction texts by Sheri S. Tepper, Ursula Le Guin, and Margaret Atwood and their feminist adaptations of classical Greek texts by Euripides, Virgil, and Homer. She is currently working on her PhD.

Research areas:

Science fiction, classical Greek literature, reception studies, adaptation and originality, feminism, canonicity.

Recent publications and papers:


Best, Nicole. 2018. "Disarming the Canon: Exploring Tepper’s Rewriting of Euripides." JLS (in press).

Creative Writing

Best, N. 2017. “Aqua Vitae”. New Contrast. Vol. 45, no. 1, September 2017.

Best, N. 2017. “Aspirations”. New Contrast. Vol. 45, no. 1, September 2017.

Conference Papers

Best, Nicole. (2017). “‘Men like to think well of themselves, and poets help them do it’: exploring Tepper’s rewriting of Euripides.” SAVAL conference, 17-18 August 2017, UNISA, Pretoria.

Prof J A Wessels (Professor) Emeritus

BA (Hons) (UFS) MPhil (Oxford) DLitt et Phil (Unisa) CELTA

OrcId: 0000-0001-9257-560X

Professor Andries Wessels, BA(Hons) (UFS) MPhil (Oxford) DLitt et Phil (Unisa) CELTA (Cambridge) is particularly interested in modernism and modern literature (in particular the work of James Joyce and TS Eliot), Irish literature, comparative literature and translation. His MPhil studies focused on the Modern Period (1880-1960), and his DLitt et Phil was entitled Decadence and resilience: the aristocratic novel in English in the Twentieth Century.

Research areas:

Modernism, issues of national and cultural identity, Irish literature, translation

Some recent publications and papers

2017: By die Afskaffing van Afrikaans as universiteitsvoertaal 2016/2017, poem, published on Litnet, 16 March 2017.

“Compromising genre in Agatha Christie’s South African detective novel, The Man in the Brown Suit”, Journal of Literary Studies, 33(1), March 2017, pp 1-23.                

"Paris as ‘unreal city’: Modernist conceptions in Michiel Heyns’s Invisible Furies",Tydskrif vir Letterkunde, 54 (1), 2017, March 2017, pp. 96-110.

2016: “Cultural polarities in Frances Hodgson Burnett’s children’s books”, Mousaion, 34 (2), November 2016, pp. 67-82.

2014: Familiesonnette, three poems, published in New Contrast, Vol 42:1, 2014, pp.26-27.

“The public, the private and the power of love: decisive tensions in Michiel Heyns’s The Children’s Day”, English in Africa, 39(1), May 2012, pp. 57-72.

“Intertekstualiteit en modernistiese kompleksiteit in Henriette Grové se Linda Joubert-romans”, Tydskrif vir Letterkunde, 48(2), Spring, 2011, pp. 5-22.

“The outsider as insider: the Jewish-Afrikaans poetry of Olga Kirsch”, in Prooftexts [an American journal of Jewish Studies] 29, 2009, University of Indiana, pp. 63-85.

'‘Human kind cannot bear very much reality: Modernist perceptions of time and experience,” inaugural lecture (Chair of English), University of Pretoria, 24 March 2009.

“Die problematisering van die etiese: Deon Meyer se Infanta as ‘hard-boiled’ misdaadroman”, Tydskrif vir Letterkunde, 44(2), Pretoria, Spring 2007, pp. 104-118.

“Marlene van Niekerk se Agaat as inheemse ‘Big House’-roman”, Tydskrif vir Letterkunde,43(2), Pretoria, Spring 2006, pp. 31-45.

“Resolving history: negotiating the past in Molly Keane’s Big House novels”, in Molly Keane: Centenary Essays, edited by Eibhear Walshe and Gwenda Young, Four Courts Press, Dublin, Ireland, 2006:27-35.

Prof R A Gray (Professor) Emeritus

BA and STD (UCT); BA Hons., MA cum laude and a DLitt. et Phil. (UNISA)

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Professor Rosemary Gray (FEEYS) has a BA and STD (UCT); BA Hons., MA cum laude and a DLitt. et Phil. (UNISA). After 21 years at the University of Pretoria, she is Emeritus Professor in the Department of English. She is an NRF rated researcher.

Passionate about indigenous knowledge systems, she is an avid Anglo-Saxonist, who has specialized in Pan-African literatures in English for more than three decades. Her current primary research interest is the work of the Nigerian-born Londoner, Ben Okri. In a coincidental celebration of her 80th birthday, her The Tough Alchemy of Ben Okri: The writer as conceptual artist has been released on Kindle and in hard copy by Bloomsbury Academic Publishers, London and New York and is available globally; it will be available as an audio book and is being translated into several global languages. Professor Gray has published regular chapters and articles on the Okrian oeuvre, among others, in international journals and in Harvard's prestigious Analecta Husserliana for more than three decades and has a chapter in Routledge's 2021 The Literature and Art of the Niger Delta, a ground-breaking publication commissioned by the University of North Carolina.

She was awarded the Gold Medal for distinguished service to English over a lifetime in 2008 and won the Thomas Pringle award for best scholarly article in 2017. She is Managing Editor of the English Academy Review: Journal of English Studies and is Honorary Treasurer and Life Vice President of the English Academy of Southern Africa and serves on PanSALB’s National English Language Body.


JOURNAL CONTRIBUTIONS/Accredited articles 2016-2020


Gray, Rosemary and Sopekekai Maithufi. Guest eds. 2020. “Editorial”. Journal for Literary Studies. 26 (3), September. 140pp. DHET, SCOPUS, IBSS accredited.       C2

Gray, Rosemary. 2020. “Countering ‘mind-forged manacles’ in Ben Okri’s The Freedom Artist (2019): HOT consciousness. Journal for Literary Studies. DHET, IBSS accredited ISSN 0256-4718.  C2

Matthew Curr and Rosemary Gray. 2020. “An Anzalduan Reading of Ben Okri’s In Arcadia”.  Journal for Literary Studies. DHET, IBSS accredited ISSN 0256-4718.  C2

Gray, Rosemary. 2020. “Ben Okri’s ImaginNation: ‘Incandescence of the Wind’”. Scruting2, Unisa Press and Taylor & Francis.


Gray, R.  2019. “Ben Okri’s Wild (2012): The Muse of Archaeology”. English in Africa 46(1): 95-110. DOI: ISSN 0376-8902 DHET accredited. 

Gray, Rosemary. 2019. “Of magic: Ben Okri’s The Mystery Feast (2015) and The Magic Lamp (2017)”. Imbizo. 10(1): 1-19. DHET. ISSN 2078-9785. DHET accredited.

Gray, Rosemary Alice. 2019. “Ben Okri’s ‘Laughter Beneath the Bridge’: Born (Un)free”. The International Journal of Literary Humanities 17 (1): 71-81. Doi:10.18848/2327-7912/CGP/v17i01/71-81.  Common Ground Research Networks.

Gray, Rosemary. 2018. “Ben Okri’s Aphorisms: ‘Music on the Wings of a Soaring Bird’”. Academic Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies. July 7(2): 17-24. DOI:10.2478/ajis-2018-0042. ISSN 2281-3993. Scopus, Sciendo

Gray, Rosemary. 2018. “Redreaming ways of seeing: Ben Okri’s intuitive creativity”. Tydskrif vir Letterkunde. 55(2): 74-91. ISSN 10.47-20AM DOI:10.17159/2309-9070/tvl.v.55i2.2256 DHET, SCOPUS

Gray, R. 2018. “Ben Okri’s stoku, ‘The Standeruppers’ (2017): The frightening irony of the Anthropocene”. Journal of Literary Studies. 34(2): 1-12 DHET, IBSS ISSN 0256-4718, online ISSN 1753-5387 C2

Gray, R. 2017.  “Recovering our true state of being in Ben Okri’s fable, ‘The Comic Destiny’”. English Academy Review: Journal of English Studies. 34(2): 1-10   DHET, Thompson Reuters, Scopus  ISSN 1013-1752. http//  C2

Gray, R and Saha, T.S.  2017. “Fresh challenges faced on the ground by the Kingdom of the Sky: A question of peace, harmony and stability”. International Journal for African Renaissance Studies. 12(1): 90-105 DHET, Thomson Reuters, Scopus, IBSS (co-author) ISSN 1818-6874  http//   C3 

Gray, R. 2016. “Promoting the poetic cause in Ben Okri’s stokus from Tales of Freedom (2009)”. Literator – Journal of Literary Criticism, Comparative Linguistics and Literary Studies. 37(1):18-27.  DHET, Thomson Reuters, Scopus ISSN: (Online) 2219-8237, (Print) 0258-2279 Websites: &   C3


Published in the last two years

Gray, Rosemary. 2020. The Tough Alchemy of Ben Okri: The writer as conceptual artist. London and New York: Bloomsbury Academic Publishers. 300 pp. 

Gray, Rosemary, Martin Rupiya, Shadrack Gutto, Lesiba Teffo. Eds. 2019. A Glass Half Full or Half Empty? The challenges of political succession and elections in Africa. Johannesburg: Ssali Publishing House, 401pp.



Gray, Rosemary. 2021. “The Perfection of chaos: Heeding the nostalgic imperative in selected works by Ben Okri”. In The Literature and Art in the Niger Delta. Eds. Tanure Ojaide and Enajite Ojaruega. Routledge: London and New York.

Gray, Rosemary, Lisa Combrinck and Sipho Seepe. 2020. Towards an Idea of an Idea: The    awkward truthtellers. Department of Arts and Culture.

Gray R. 2020. “Epistemic ecology and Ben Okri’s ‘diminishing boundaries of a shrinking world’ in ‘Heraclitus’ Golden River” from Wild (2012)”.  In Eco-Phenomenology: Life. Human Life, Post-Human life in the Harmony of the Cosmos. Eds. William S Smith, Jadwiga S. Smith, Daniela Verducci. Analecta Husserliana. Springer International Publishing, 12p.  ISBN 978-3-319-21791-8 (print); 978-3-319-21792-5 (online) Web of Science, ScopusPublished 

Gray, R.  2018. “Sowing ‘A Quilt of Harmony’: An Eco-Phenomenological Reading of Ben Okri’s ‘“Lines in Potentis’ from Wild (2012)”. Analecta Husserliana CXXI. Eco-Phenomenology: Life, Human Life, Post-Human Life in the Harmony of the Cosmos. pp.281-290. Web of Science, Scopus. ISBN 978-3-319-21791-8 (print); 978-3-319-21792-5 (online) htps:// 

Gray, R. 2016.  “Ben Okri’s The Landscapes Within (1981): The Unfinished story”. In The cosmos and the creative imagination. Ed. A-T Tymieniecka.  Analecta Husserliana 119. Switzerland: Springer International Publishing, 73-83. Web of Science.  ISBN 978-3-319-21791-8 (print); 978-3-319-21792-5 (online) DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-21792-5

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