Department of English Studies

Dr A Pretorius

College of Human Sciences
School of Arts
Department: English Studies
Senior Lecturer
Tel: 012 429 6331


  • D.Litt (UP, 2015)

Fields of academic interests

  • Food studies
  • Popular culture in South African literature
  • Masculinity studies
  • The pornographic and the erotic
  • Female embodiment
  • African speculative fiction

Field of Specialisation

  • Transitional and post-transitional South African literature
  • Literary gerontology
  • Theory of literature


   Book Chapters 

  • Pretorius, Antoinette. 2017. “‘I become shameless as a child: Childhood and older age in J.M. Coetzee’s Age of Iron”. (This is a chapter which will appear in a forthcoming collection of essays entitled Ageing Women in Literature and Visual Culture: Reflections, Refractions, Reimaginings published by Palgrave Macmillan.)

Journal articles

  • 2017.“Pornographic imaginings: Pornography, erotica and the erotic in two collections of South African short stories”. (This is an article which will
    appear in the Journal of Commonwealth Literature, in a special edition
    on South African short stories.)
  • Pretorius, Antoinette. 2016. “Beyond the Allegory: The Grotesque Body and the Limits of Liberation in Marlene van Niekerk’s Agaat”. English Studies in Africa. 59(2):64-77.
  • 2015. “Bodily disintegration and successful ageing in Body Bereft by Antjie Krog”. Tydskrif vir Letterkunde. 52(2): 21-32.
  • 2015. “‘Does the Girl think of Nothing but Food?’ Food as a Marker of Unhomeliness, Inauthenticity and Violence in Zoë Wicomb’s October”. Food, Culture & Society. 18(4): 645-657.
  • 2014. “‘Why were we crucified into car mechanics?’: Masculine identity in Marlene van Niekerk’s Agaat”. Tydskrif vir Letterkunde. 51(1): 20-43.
  • 2014. “Sisters in crime: Reading June Drummond and Margie Orford”. Scrutiny2. 19(1): 5-17.
  • 2014. “Older age in David Medalie’s The Mistress’s Dog”. English Academy Review. 31(2): 81-93.

Professional positions, fellowships & awards

  • Unisa Women’s Forum Award for the youngest member of staff to complete a PhD in 2015