Department of Afrikaans and Theory of Literature

Prof AW Oliphant

College of Human Sciences
School of Arts
Department: Afrikaans and Theory of Literature
Associate Professor
Tel: 012-429 6810


  • BA (Western Cape,1976)
  • BA Honours (Western Cape, 1977)
  • MACompLit (Oregon,1986)

Currently teaching

Modules responsible for: THL1502, THL2602, THL3701, THL3703, THL4802

Fields of academic interests

  • Contemporary literary theory, Genre theory
  • South African literary studies
  • Comparative literature
  • Literary and publishing history
  • Cultural studies
  • Arts and culture policy and the visual arts

Journal articles

  • A Writing Life: Celebrating Nadine Gordimer      (1998)
  • At the Rendezvous of Victory and Other Stories      (2001)
  • Pat Kagiso Mautloa (2003)
  • Democracy X: Marking the Present Re-presenting      the Past      (2004) with Peter Delius and Lalou Meltzer
  • Word, (Wo)men, World: Essays on literature (2004) with Henriette Roos
  • Woorde Bly: Kritiese Opstelle (2010) with Erika      Lemmer and Linde Beer A State of Outrage and Other Stories (2009)
  • Freedom Park: A Place of Emancipation and      Meaning      (2014)

Professional positions, fellowships & awards

  • Chair: Ministerial AiNVOrts and Culture Task Team (1994-1995)
  • Co-writer: White Paper on Arts, Culture and Heritage (1996).
  • Writer: National Strategy for Social Cohesion and Nation Building Department of Arts and Culture (2013)
  • Diagnostic on Social Cohesion and Nation Building National Planning
    Commission (2012)
  • Editor: Staffrider Magazine (1987-1994)
  • Co-editor: Journal of Literary Studies(2004-to date)
  • Founding Editor: Baobab: South African Journal of New Writing
  • Editorial Boards: Alternation, Scrutiny2, De Arte
  • Participant: White House Conference on Cultural and Diplomacy hosted by former US President Bill Clinton (2000)
  • Founding Chair: Arts and Culture Trust (1994-2007)
  • Member: South African Book Development Council (2005-2016)
    Reference Panel for the White Paper on Arts, culture and Heritage (2015-2016)