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English Studies

Research areas, postgraduate study and 2009-2011 publications in the Department of English Studies

We welcome collaborative research with established academics; well-qualified graduates in English who wish to undertake postgraduate study with us are also warmly invited to apply.

Please be aware that our standards are very high and the process of writing an MA dissertation or DLitt et Phil thesis is demanding and rigorous. Initially a proposal mentor is assigned to assist a candidate to prepare a proposal acceptable to the Department's Higher Degree Committee. This takes about a year and the decision of the HDC has the status of an examination. Thereafter, a supervisor is assigned for the actual dissertation or thesis. This occupies another two or three years. Dissertations are examined by two examiners, at least one of which is external to the University; theses are examined by three, of which two are external, and one of which is pereferably a scholar of international repute.

To keep ourselves up to date, we hold a weekly research colloquium every Wednesday during term: at this, our most active researchers, postgraduate students and invited scholars present a 40-minute paper, followed by about 20 minutes for discussion. See our 'News and events' page.

On this page we also provide a rough guide to the main research interests of our teaching staff, as well as a link to some fairly recent publications. These should give you an idea of the range and currency of our interests. Please contact Prof Fetson Kalua at 012 429-3826 (kaluafa@unisa.ac.za) for further details about our research activities and postgraduate study.

Websites are being developed on request for each individual staff member, which will update the information about their publications.

Research areas

Academic literacy and multidisciplinary language support

Mr Clifford Ndlangamandla, Ms Thuli Shandu, Mr Jack Chokwe (academic literacies in particular), Prof Mirriam Lephalala

African literature

Ms Rizwana Latha,  Prof David Levey,  Ms Princess Bembe, Dr Bernard Nchindila, Dr Rangarirai Alfred Musvoto, Prof Fetson Kalua, Prof Sope Maithufi, Mr Mzukisi Lento, Prof Tlhalo Sam Raditlhalo (diaspora in particular), Ms Brenda Thoka, Prof Lesibana Rafapa

African-American literature

Mr Mzukisi Lento

African women’s writing

Ms Rizwana Latha, Ms Thuli Shandu (diaspora in particular), Ms Brenda Thoka

American literature

Prof Deirdre Byrne (seconded to Institute of Gender Studies), Dr Rangarirai Alfred Musvoto

Autobiography (self-writing)

Prof Kgomotso Masemola

Black Atlantic Studies and Revisionist Migrant Cultural transnationalism in the wake of Globalization

Prof Kgomotso Masemola

Children’s literature

Prof David Levey, Dr Eileen Donaldson

Christianity / Religion and literature

Prof David Levey, Ms Thuli Shandu (fiction in particular), Prof Lesibana Rafapa

Comparative literature (English-French)

Dr Allyson Kreuiter

Creative writing

Prof Tlhalo Sam Raditlhalo, Prof Lesibana Rafapa

Cultural studies

Prof Tlhalo Sam Raditlhalo, Prof Lesibana Rafapa

Development education

Dr Bernard Nchindila

Diaspora and literary-historical study of representations of genocide in African literature

Prof Maurice Vambe

Discourse analysis

 Mr Clifford Ndlangamandla, Mr Tebogo Kekana

Eighteenth-century literature

Prof Michael Williams

Embodied memory

Prof Jessica Murray (seconded to College of Human Sciences Postgraduate Students office)

English as medium of instruction in multilingual societies

Dr Bernard Nchindila, Mr Tebogo Kekana, Prof Mirriam Lephalala, Dr Pinky Makoe

English language studies

Ms Ruth Scheepers,  Mr David Proctor, Mr Clifford Ndlangamandla, Ms Thuli Shandu, Mr Jack Chokwe (ESP in particular), Mr Tebogo Kekana, Ms Brenda Thoka

English language teacher education

Dr Bernard Nchindila, Mr Clifford Ndlangamandla, Ms Thuli Shandu, Prof Mirriam Lephalala

English teaching/English in education

Dr Stella Prozesky, Ms Rizwana Latha, Dr Blandina Makina, Ms Princess Bembe, Ms Ruth Scheepers, Prof Mirriam Lephalala, Dr Bernard Nchindila, Ms Thuli Shandu, Mr Tebogo Kekana, Dr Pinky Makoe

Environmental issues in literature, ancient and modern

Dr Sira Dambe

Feminist theory

Prof Jessica Murray (seconded to College of Human Sciences Postgraduate Students office)

Film, media

Dr Greg Graham-Smith

Gender and HIV / and migration / and language impact

Ms Nomsa Zindela

Gender studies and women’s writing

Prof Deirdre Byrne (seconded to Institute of Gender Studies), Dr Greg Graham-Smith, Ms Princess Bembe, Prof Jessica Murray (seconded to College of Human Sciences Postgraduate Students office), Prof Sope Maithufi, Dr Eileen Donaldson, Dr Allyson Kreuiter

Gothic fiction

Dr Allyson Kreuiter

Harlem Renaissance

Prof Kgomotso Masemola

Historiography and literary history of nineteenth- and twentieth-century Natal; iconography and representation of the Irish wolfhound in text and visual media, c. 1750-present

Dr Julie Pridmore

Language and power

Mr Tebogo Kekana

Language ideologies and power

Dr Pinky Makoe

Language, literacies and Identity

Dr Pinky Makoe

Language socialisation

Dr Pinky Makoe

Literacies in general

Mr Tebogo Kekana

Literacy in ESL

Dr Bernard Nchindila, Mr Tebogo Kekana, Prof Mirriam Lephalala

Literature and language

Ms Thuli Shandu

Literature/language instruction

Ms Nomsa Zindela

Literary representations of terrorism & racial profiling in popular culture

Prof Kgomotso Masemola

Literary theory

Prof Deirdre Byrne (seconded to Institute of Gender Studies),  Dr Greg Graham-Smith, Mr Marinus van Niekerk, Prof Kgomotso Masemola

Modernism

Dr Allyson Kreuiter

Multilingualism

Mr Clifford Ndlangamandla

Nineteenth-century writing

Dr Stella Prozesky

Old English and Middle English/ Medieval studies

Prof David Levey

Online learning (and mobile learning)

Dr Bernard Nchindila

Narratives of slavery, ancient and modern

Dr Sira Dambe

Neoplatonism in Renaissance poetry

Dr Sira Dambe

Onomastics

Ms Nomsa Zindela, Mr Tebogo Kekana

Poetry

Prof Deirdre Byrne (seconded to Institute of Gender Studies),  Dr Sira Dambe, Dr Rangarirai Alfred Musvoto, Prof Kgomotso Masemola

Popular culture

Prof Deirdre Byrne (seconded to Institute of Gender Studies), Dr Greg Graham-Smith, Prof Sope Maithufi, Ms Jeanne-Marie Viljoen,  Dr Eileen Donaldson, Ms Brenda Thoka

Postcolonialism

Prof Fetson Kalua, Dr Rangarirai Alfred Musvoto, Prof Sope Maithufi,  Prof Tlhalo Sam Raditlhalo, Prof Lesibana Rafapa

Programme evaluation

Ms Nomsa Zindela, Mr Tebogo Kekana

Promoting accuracy in written English for the work environment

Mr David Proctor

Queer theory

Prof Jessica Murray (seconded to College of Human Sciences Postgraduate Students office), Dr Greg Graham-Smith

Reading and writing skills (education)

Ms Nomsa Zindela, Prof Mirriam Lephalala

Reception of classical texts and concepts in English literature

Dr Sira Dambe

Renaissance writing

Prof Michael Williams,  Prof Kgomotso Masemola

Representations of violence in South African literature

Prof Jessica Murray (seconded to College of Human Sciences Postgraduate Students office)

Romantics

Prof Michael Williams

Science fiction

Prof Deirdre Byrne (seconded to Institute of Gender Studies), Prof David Levey, Dr Eileen Donaldson. Ms Brenda Thoka

Sociolinguistics

Ms Thuli Shandu, Prof Mirriam Lephalala

South African literature

Prof David Levey, Prof Sope Maithufi, Mr Mzukisi Lento (1950s and 1960s especially), Prof Kgomotso Masemola (autobiography and fiction), Prof Lesibana Rafapa (migration in particular; folklore in written texts; post-apartheid fiction)

Systemic functional linguistics

Mr Clifford Ndlangamandla

TEFL

Dr Bernard Nchindila, Prof Mirriam Lephalala

TESOL

Prof Brenda Spencer, Prof Mirriam Lephalala, Mr Bernard Nchindila, Ms Thuli Shandu, Mr Jack Chokwe, Ms Brenda Thoka

(Trans)cultural memory

Prof Kgomotso Masemola

Trauma and testimony

Prof Jessica Murray

Twentieth century literature

Prof Deirdre Byrne (seconded to Institute of Gender Studies)

Victorian literature

Dr Stella Prozesky,  Dr Allyson Kreuiter (fiction especially)

Departmental interests in individual authors

Peter Abrahams

Prof Kgomotso Masemola

Chinua Achebe

Dr Bernard Nchindila, Mr Jack Chokwe

Ayi Kwei Armah

Prof Maurice Vambe

D Atkinson

Ms Thuli Shandu

Jane Austen

Prof Michael Williams

Mariama Bâ

Ms Rizwana Latha, Ms Brenda Thoka

William Blake

Prof Kgomotso Masemola

Charlotte Bronte

Prof Kgomotso Masemola

Judith Butler

Dr Greg Graham-Smith

Lord Byron

Prof Michael Williams

Geoffrey Chaucer

Prof David Levey

J M Coetzee

Dr Sira Dambe

Tsitsi Dangarembga

Dr Rangarirai Alfred Musvoto, Prof Mirriam Lephalala

Marquis de Sade

Prof Kgomotso Masemola

Gilles Deleuze

Prof Kgomotso Masemola

John Donne

Dr Sira Dambe

Unity Dow

Prof Mirriam Lephalala

Drum writers

Prof Lesibana Rafapa

Sello K. Duiker

Prof Lesibana Rafapa

John Eppel

Dr Rangarirai Alfred Musvoto

Bessie Head

Prof Lesibana Rafapa, Prof Mirriam Lephalala

J Hedgcock

Ms Thuli Shandu

Robert Herrick

Prof Kgomotso Masemola

Langston Hughes

Prof Kgomotso Masemola

Ken Hyland

Mr Jack Chokwe

John Keats

Dr Sira Dambe

Kojo Laira

Ms Brenda Thoka

William Langland

Prof David Levey

D Larsen-Freeman

Ms Thuli Shandu

Mary Lea and Brian Street

Mr Jack Chokwe

Ursula K. Le Guin

Prof Deirdre Byrne

Theresa Lillis

Mr Jack Chokwe

Thomas Malory

Prof David Levey

Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Ms Brenda Thoka

Andrew Marvell

Dr Sira Dambe

Zakes Mda

Prof Lesibana Rafapa

Niq Mhlongo

Mr Tebogo Kekana

John Milton

Dr Sira Dambe, Prof Kgomotso Masemola

Bloke Modisane

Prof Kgomotso Masemola

Kgebeti Moele

Mr Tebogo Kekana, Prof Lesibana Rafapa

Toni Morrison

Dr Sira Dambe, Ms Thuli Shandu, Ms Brenda Thoka

Phaswane Mpe

Mr Tebogo Kekana , Prof Lesibana Rafapa

Es’kia Mphahlele

Prof Lesibana Rafapa, Prof Kgomotso Masemola

Iris Murdoch

Dr Stella Prozesky

Njabulo Ndebele

Prof Sope Maithufi

Ngugi wa Thiong’o

Dr Bernard Nchindila, Mr Jack Chokwe

Ben Okri

Ms Brenda Thoka, Prof Mirriam Lephalala

Alan Paton

Prof David Levey

Ousmane Sembene

Ms Brenda Thoka

William Shakespeare

Prof Michael Williams, Dr Greg Graham-Smith,  Dr Sira Dambe,  Mr Marinus van Niekerk

M Swain

Ms Thuli Shandu

Marie Beatrice Umutesi

Prof Maurice Vambe

L van Lier

Ms Thuli Shandu

Yvonne Vera

Prof Maurice Vambe

Patrick White

Dr Greg Graham-Smith

Oscar Wilde

Prof Kgomotso Masemola

Virginia Woolf

Dr Greg Graham-Smith

Richard Wright

Dr Rangarirai Alfred Musvoto