Department of English Studies

Prof F Kalua

College of Human Sciences
School of Arts
Department: English Studies
Tel: 012 429 6356
Fax: 012 429 62222


  • DLit  Et Phil (Unisa, 2007)

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Fields of academic interests

  • Identity politics
  • African identity
  • African intellectuals

Field of Specialisation

  • Postcolonial theory
  • Literature or Literary Studies
  • Literary Theory


  • Kalua, F.A., Byrne, D.C. & Scheepers, R. Foundations in English Literary Studies: Only Study Guide for ENG1501. Pretoria: Unisa Press.
  • Mgomezulu, V.Y. & Kalua, F.A. 2013. A Guide to Academic Writing for Beginners. Mzuzu: Mzuni Press. ISBN: 978-9960-27-08-6. pp 52.

Book chapters:

  • 2009. Claiming the body: Unity Dow’s The screaming of the innocent. In Barker, C. (Ed.) Expressions of the body in African text and image. Leeds: Peter Lang: 29-44.
  • 2010. Becoming-minotarian: the quest for a rhizome ethics in the fiction of Unity Dow, Alexander McCall Smith, and Rupert Isaacson. In Cultures of Differences. (forthcoming) 

Book Reviews:

  • A Review of Anne Gagiano’s Dealing with Evil: Essays on Writing from Africa (2008). Scrutiny 2, July 2011.
  • A Review of Representation and Black Womanhood: The Legacy of Sarah Baartman (2011), edited by Natasha Gordon-Chipembere. New York: Palgrave Macmillan Scrutiny 2, 2012.
  • SHAKESPEARE AND THE COCONUTS: on post-apartheid South African culture, by Natasha Distiller, edited by Inga Norenius. Johannesburg: Wits University Press, 2012. Scrutiny 2, 2013
  • Race and Ethnicity: culture, identity and representation, edited by Stephen Spencer (second edition, pp337) Scrutiny 2, Vol 20(1), 2015

Journal articles

  • 2007 ‘New Perspectives in African literature: The case of Unity Dow and Alexander McCall Smith’s Botswana’, in English Academy Review, 24 (1) May 2007. pp. 71-84.
  • 2007 ‘Beyond Boundaries: Deterritorialisation and Identity in Unity  Dow’s Far and Beyon’ , in Scrutiny: Southern Women Write Africa Vol. 12 No. 2 (2007). pp. 75-83.
  • 2009 ‘Homi Bhabha’s Third Space and African Identity’, in Journal of African Cultural Studies, 21 (1) June 2009. pp. 23-32.
  • 2010 ‘Identities in transition’, The 1900 High Court Case and Unity Dow’s The Heavens May Fall, in Journal of Literary Studies, June 2010. pp. 80-89.
  • 2012 ‘Reading for Empowerment: intertextuality offering possibilities for enlightened citizenry’, Reading and Writing  Vol 3(1):  5 pages.            
  • 2012 ‘The role of a public intellectual in a democratic State’, in Cultures of the Commonwealth: The Local and The Global Vol 18 (Paris --Autumn/September 2012): 77 -- 89.
  • 2012 ‘Seeing the Entire World as a Foreign Land’: the Exilic Consciousness in JM Coetzee’s Disgrace’, in Scrutiny2:  issues in English Studies in Southern Africa’, 17(1): 28-49.
  • 2014 ‘Locating the Ambivalence of Colonial Discourse in Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness’, Current Writing: Text and Reception in Southern Africa, Vol 26 (1): 12-18
  • 2014 ‘Reading the changing face of identity in Malawian music’,  Muziki: Journal of  Music Research in Africa’, Vol11 (1): 43-49.
  • 2014 ‘Postcolonial theory in the changing world: continuities and   departures’, The English Academy Review. Vol 31 (1): 66-76.
  • 2014‘Transitionality and transnationality in the detective fiction of Alexander McCall Smith on Botswana’, Commonwealth Youth and Development’, Vol 12 (2).
  • 2015 “You can’t go home again: reading the shifting idea of “home”  Rupert Isaacson’s The Healing Land: A Kalahari Journey’ Scrutiny 2, Vol 20(1): 54-62
  • 2016 “Reading protest, myth and exile in Malawian literature: 1964-1990s, Literator, Vol 37, No 1


  • Monograph: Redefining African intellectuals in the twenty-first century.
  • Book: African identity in the twenty-first century