Department of English Studies

Dr E Donaldson

College of Human Sciences
School of Arts
Department: English Studies
Senior Lecturer
Tel: 012 429 3241
Fax: 012 429 6222


  • DLitt (Pretoria) 

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Fields of academic interests

  • Psychoanalytical reading of fantasy and science fiction
  • Feminist science fiction and fantasy
  • The hero in children’s literature

Field of Specialisation

  • Feminist speculative fiction
  • Children’s Literature
  • Psychoanalytic literary analysis


  • 2011. Donaldson, E., Hayes, N. & van Niekerk, M. Exam Success: Romeo and Juliet. Cape Town: Oxford University Press.
  • 2011. Donaldson, E., Hayes, N & van Niekerk, M. 2011. Exam Success: Hamlet. Cape Town: Oxford University Press

Book chapters:

  • ‘Earning the Right to Wear Midnight: Terry Pratchett’s Tiffany Aching’ in The Gothic Fairy Tale in Young Adult Literature: Essays on stories from Grimm to Gaiman (145-164). 2014. Abbruscato, J. and Jones, T. (eds). USA: Macfarland.
  • ‘Hail the Conquering Campbellian S/Hero: Joanna Russ’s Alyx’ in Practising Science Fiction: Critical essays on Reading, Writing and Teaching the Genre (154-167). 2010. Hellekson, K., Jacobsen, C., Sharp, P., and Yaszek, L. (eds.) USA: Macfarland.
  • ‘Spellbinding Dahl: considering Roald Dahl’s fantasy’ in Change and Renewal in Children’s Literature (131-140). 2004. Van der Walt, T.B. (ed.) London: Praeger.

Journal articles

  • Nae King! Nae Quin! Nae Laird! Nae Master!” Childhood agency in Terry Pratchett’s ‘The Wee Free Men’ in Mousaion, October 2015: Vol 33 (2)
  • A Contested Freedom: the fragile future of Octavia Butler’s ‘Kindred’ in English Academy Review, October 2014: Vol 31 (2), 94-107.
  • Accessing the ‘Other Wind’: feminine time in Ursula Le Guin’s Earthsea Series in English Academy Review, May 2013: Vol 30 (1), 39-51.
  • Resetting the Clockocracy: time and memory in Joanna Russ’s ‘The Adventures of Alyx’ in Scrutiny II, Nov 2012: Vol 17 (2), 22-34.


Professional positions, fellowships & awards

  • Emerging Researcher’s Support Programme 2015-2017
  • Women’s Developing Researcher’s Award 2014