Recent Submissions

  • Focalization schemas, transnational formations and social remittance in the works of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie 

    Maritim, Eric Cheruiyot (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2020-03)
    ENGLISH ABSTRACT: This work contextualises Chimamanda Adichie’s novels and collected short stories within the area of migrant transnationalism, arguing that this is an inherent feature of the content and form of the texts. ...
  • Poetics and politics in contemporary African travel writing 

    Amimo, Maureen (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2020-03)
    ENGLISH ABSTRACT: This study investigates contemporary travel narratives about Africa by Africans authors. Scholarship on travel writing about Africa has largely centred examples from the Global North, yet there is a rich ...
  • Reza de Wet (1952-2012) : life and works 

    Stander, Daniel Botha (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2019-12)
    ENGLISH ABSTRACT: Reza Wet, one of South Africa’s most awarded playwrights, reputed, both locally and internationally, for her prodigious body of work, passed away in 2012 and yet her life as a writer, actress, director ...
  • Intimating a female archive : rendering the wounds of family trauma 

    Van Heerden, Lorinda (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2019-12)
    ENGLISH ABSTRACT: This dissertation comprises both a practice-led artist’s book which inventively engages the notion of a female family archive, and a substantial research component which theoretically unpacks questions ...
  • Historicising borders : studies in Nigerian novels 

    Okolie, Mary JanePatrick Nwakaego (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2019-12)
    ENGLISH ABSTRACT: More than ever before, border studies is enjoying scholarly attention and cutting across many disciplinary boundaries. The re-shaping of borders, triggered by globalisation and other trans-border historical ...
  • Biafra as third space : reading the politics of belonging in Nigeria-Biafra civil war literature 

    David, Stephen Temitope (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2019-12)
    ENGLISH ABSTRACT: The image of Biafra as a space of belonging has assumed currency in contemporary secessionist discourse. Wartime Biafran society is framed as a utopia where everyone belonged and felt safe. Consequently, ...
  • Films by Kenyan women directors as national allegories 

    Ojiambo, Jacqueline Kubasu (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2019-04)
    ENGLISH ABSTRACT: This dissertation examines how selected Kenyan fiction films directed by women filmmakers intervene in national politics. To achieve this, I employ Frederic Jameson’s concept of ‘national allegory’ to ...
  • South African female subjectivity (1868-1977): life writing, the agentive "I" and recovering stories 

    Smit, Lizelle (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2019-03)
    ENGLISH ABSTRACT: This dissertation investigates the formation of white female subjectivity in the life writing of three South African women, penned between 1868 and 1977. The subjects are: Betty Molteno (1852-1927), Hettie ...
  • Configuring ‘Maasainess’ : contested textual embodiments 

    Laizer, Neema (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2018-03)
    ENGLISH ABSTRACT: In this thesis I seek to trace the figure of the Maasai as a fossilized (visual) image circulated in local and global imaginaries since the nineteenth century by British explorers, missionaries and ...
  • Experimental explorations of selected women’s innovative poetry written in English, with a focus on ‘the Gurlesque’ 

    Simon, Francine (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2018-03)
    ENGLISH ABSTRACT: This dissertation explores innovative poetry by selected contemporary English-language women writers. In particular, it deliberates how this poetry works between poetic traditions of lyric expressivity ...
  • Globality : the double bind of African migrant writing 

    Shabangu, Mohammad (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2018-03)
    ENGLISH ABSTRACT: In this dissertation, I consider the political implications of the aporetic position of contemporary African migrant writing in the arena of world literature. For this type of writing, forever interpellated ...
  • The ghost of memory : literary representations of slavery in post-apartheid South Africa 

    Kasembeli, Serah Namulisa (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2018-03)
    ENGLISH ABSTRACT: This study examines how authors of slave/slave-owner ancestry have constructed slave memory in selected contemporary literary texts on slavery at the Cape. The texts I study include Rayda Jacobs’s The ...
  • Ever other : unsettling subjects in contemporary revisions of fairy tales 

    Marais, Adri (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2017-12)
    ENGLISH ABSTRACT: Fairy tales create some of the first and most lasting impressions on young minds. In the formative years, they shape world-views, self-perceptions and opinions of ‘others’ in ways that persist into ...
  • Narrated histories in selected Kenyan novels, 1963-2013 

    Yenjela, David Wafula (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2017-03)
    ENGLISH ABSTRACT: This thesis explores the novel‘s potential to interrogate, reimagine and reflect on the histories of nations, particularly the Kenyan nation. It engages with selected Kenyan novels written in both English ...
  • Trauma in selected Eastern African fiction and life writing on Civil Wars, 2000 - 2014 

    Tembo, Nick Mdika Hubert (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2017-03)
    ENGLISH ABSTRACT: This study draws attention to and explores the portrayal of civil war in East African fictional and autobiographical works. Specifically, it examines the various and distinct ways in which East African ...
  • Biography of a vanished community : South End, Port Elizabeth 

    Hendricks, Shaheed (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2017-03)
    ENGLISH ABSTRACT: This study attempts to construct a biography of the community of South End, Port Elizabeth, in space and time. This project arises from a need to understand the birth, growth, zenith, decline and demise ...
  • Contemporary fictional representations of sexualities from authoritarian African contexts 

    Mtenje, Asante Lucy (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2016-12)
    ENGLISH ABSTRACT: In this dissertation, I investigate the contentious subject of sexualities as represented in fiction from selected Anglophone African countries which, even post-independence, have tended to enforce ...
  • Prizing African literature : awards and cultural value 

    Kiguru, Doseline Wanjiru (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2016-03)
    ENGLISH ABSTRACT: This study investigates the centrality of international literary awards in African literary production with an emphasis on the Caine Prize for African Writing (CP) and the Commonwealth Short Story Prize ...
  • The application and modification of human resource management in the critical analysis of Harry Potter 

    Cox, Alexia Georgina (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2016-03)
    ENGLISH ABSTRACT: This thesis revisits the much-discredited idea of a “common sense” way of reading a literary text. It proposes that a common sense reading – one that treats narrative fictions as reflections of the real ...
  • Zimbabwe women writers from 1950 to the present : re-creating gender images 

    Mkwesha, Faith (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2016-03)
    ENGLISH ABSTRACT: My thesis focuses on Zimbabwean women as writers and thus on women as producers, contesters and negotiators of gendered images, and the ways in which they write gender identities in and of the nation. I ...

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