Department of English Studies

Prof J Murray

College of Human Sciences
School of Arts
Department: English Studies
Tel: 012 429 6047


  • PhD (York) 

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Fields of academic interests

  • Embodied memory
  • Feminist theory
  • Gender studies and women’s writing
  • Queer theory
  • Representations of violence in South African literature
  • Trauma and testimony 

Journal articles

  • 2014. Shaping Innovative Pedagogical Spaces: Feminist Reflections on Open, Distance and eLearning. Progressio 36. (forthcoming)
  • 2014. The gendered embodiment of shame: intersections of acquaintance rape, trauma and self-blame in Pompidou Posse by Sarah Lotz. Literator. (forthcoming)
  • 2014. ‘[I]t left shame in me, lodged in my body’: Representations of shame, gender and female bodies in selected contemporary South African short stories. The Journal of Commonwealth Literature. (forthcoming)
  • 2013. A Zombie Apocalypse: Opening Representational Spaces for Alternative Constructions of Gender and Sexuality. Journal of Literary Studies 29(4): 1-19.
  • 2013. Reading Crime through a Gender Lens: Intersections of Shame, Women’s Alcohol Consumption and Sexual Vulnerability in the Novels of Sarah Lotz. Current Writing 25(2): 210-219.
  • 2013. Stereotypes and Subversions: Constructing Queer Identities in Contemporary South African Fiction. English in Africa 40 (1): 119-138.
  • 2013. As ek dáárdie nektar wil eet, dan moet ek steke verdra’: Stereotipering en vervreemding in die uitbeelding van lesbiese verhoudings in twee Afrikaanse romans. Tydskrif vir Letterkunde 50(1): 1-11.
  • 2013. ‘The Girl was Stripped, Splayed and Penetrated’: Representations of Gender and Violence in Margie Orford’s Crime Fiction. English Academy Review 30(2): 67–78.
  • 2013. The politics of the preface: Lady Anne Barnard’s gendered negotiations in a liminal textual space. English Studies in Africa 56(2): 49-59.
  • 2013. Murray, J., Byrne, D. C. And Koenig-Visagie, L. (2013) Teaching Gender Studies via Open and Distance Learning in South Africa. Distance Education 34(3): 339-352.
  • 2012. Stereotipering, vervreemding en tuiskoms in die uitbeelding van ʼn lesbiese verhouding in Réney Warrington se Oktober. Stilet 24(2):36-52.
  • 2012. ‘I write after the impression has been partly wiped away’: gender and the politics of memory in Lady Anne Barnard’s textual legacy. scrutiny2: (2): 44-64.
  • 2012. Is the Closet Door no More? Critical Engagements with Lesbianism in the South African Context. scrutiny2 17(1): 87-99.
  • 2012. Venturing to ‘launch a woman’s opinion’: A feminist reading of Lady Anne Barnard’s letters. South African Journal of Cultural History 26(1): 33-50.
  • 2012. ‘Pain is beauty’: The politics of appearance in Kopano Matlwa’s Coconut. English in Africa 39 (1): 91-107.
  • 2012.‘Thinking your journal unimportant’: A feminist literary analysis of selected excerpts from Lady Anne Barnard’s Cape diaries: New Contree: A Journal of Historical and Human Sciences for Southern Africa 63. 91-109.
  • 2012. The Layered Gaze: Reading Lesbian Desire in Selected South African Fiction. Current Writing 24 (1): 88-97.
  • 2011. ‘She had agony written all over her face’: Representations of rape in the work of Rozena Maart. Journal of Literary Studies 27 (4): 1-14.
  • 2011. Daring to Speak Its Name: The Representation of a Lesbian Relationship in the Work of Rozena Maart. English Academy Review 28 (2): 52-61.
  • 2011. Africa has erred ‘in its memory’: Exploring continuities and discontinuities in texts by Petina Gappah and Yvonne Vera. English Studies in Africa 54 (2): 154-170.
  • 2011. ‘Binne ʼn halfuur het ek wit geword’: Snypunte van gender, ras en klas in Suid-Afrikaanse fiksionele uitbeeldings van voorkoms. Litnet Akademies 8 (2): 270-285.
  • 2011. Remembering the short stories of Yvonne Vera: A postcolonial and feminist reading of Why don’t you carve other animals? Tydskrif vir Letterkunde 48(2) (Forthcoming).
  • 2011. They can never write the landscape out of their system: engagements with the South African landscape. Gender, Place and Culture: A Journal of Feminist Geography 18(1): 87-101.
  • 2010. Dit kom daarop neer dat ek nie vergete was nie: Die vroulike liggaam, gender en geweld in Suid-Afrikaanse slawenarratiewe. Litnet Akademies 7(3): 302-322.
  • 2010. Murray, J., Erlank, N. & Tshabangu, B. Enhancing participatory governance and fostering active citizenship: an overview of local and international best practice. Politikon 37(1): 45-66.
  • 2010. The recidivist tongue: embracing an embodied language of trauma. Social Dynamics 36(3): 488-503.
  • 2010. Gender and violence in Cape slave narratives and post-narratives. The South African Historical Journal 62(3): 444-462. 
  • 2010. Gerald Groenewald in gesprek met Jessica Murray oor die vroulike liggaam, gender en geweld in Suid-Afrikaanse slawenarratiewe. See Litnet Akademies website at
  • 2009. Accused by the place and face of the other: negotiating complicity. Literator: Journal of Literary Criticism, Comparative Linguistics and Literary Studies 31(3): 1-27.
  • 2009. A postcolonial and feminist reading of selected testimonies to trauma in post-liberation South Africa and Zimbabwe. Journal of African Cultural Studies 21(1): 1-21.
  • 2008. Reborn from silence and touch: gender violence in Southern Africa. In Irigaray, L. & Green, M. (Eds.) Luce Irigaray: Teaching. Continuum Books: 3-12.
  • 2008. When ‘good’ mothers kill: a representation of infanticide. Agenda 76: 32-41.
  • 2008. Tremblings in the distinction between fiction and testimony. Postcolonial Text 4(2): 1-19. 
  • 2008. Murray, J., Erlank, N., Tshabangu, B., Maptisa, C. and Sekhonyana, T. Green paper on citizenship in the City of Johannesburg. See the City of Johannesburg website at