Department of English Studies

Prof Masemola, K

College of Human Sciences
School of Arts
Department: English Studies
Tel: 012 429 2298


  • PhD (Sheffield) 

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Fields of academic interests

  •  Intertextuality in the Black Atlantic
  • Gilles Deleuze and Deterritorialization
  • Autobiography
  • Decoloniality
  • Interdisciplinarity

Field of Specialisation

  • English Literature, esp. Autobiography
  • Cultural Memory of the Black Atlantic vs Indian Ocean Transnational Studies and DiasporicCultural translationalism in the wake of Globalization & Travelling Culture
  • Literary Theory, esp Nietszche, Gilles Deleuze & Jacques Derrida


Book chapters:

  • “Autobiography in Africa”, in Oxford History of the Novel in English: The Novel in Africa and the Atlantic World, Volume 11, Simon Gikandi (Ed), Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016, pp. 344-358.
  • "Transmogrifying the Traumatic into the Democratic Ideal in Autobiographical Cultural Memory: Nelson Mandela’s The Long Walk to Freedom", in Singh, J & Chetty, R (eds) Trauma, Resistance, Reconstruction in Post-1994 South African Writing,(New York & Oxford: Peter Lang Publishers), 2010, pp.151-168.
  • “Embracing the Shadow?: Liminality in Dangarembga’s Jungian Undercurrents,” Negotiating the Postcolonial: Emerging Perspectives on  Dangarembga, eds. Ann E. Willey & Jeanette Treiber (Trenton, New Jersey: Africa World Press, 2002), pp. 303-319.


  • Masemola, Kgomotso Michael,  Black South African Autobiography After Deleuze: Becoming in Self-Testimony, (Leiden: Rodopi/Brill, 2017) ISBN: 9789004346437
  • Liberty M. Hove  & Masemola, Kgomotso Michael  (Eds.), Strategies of Representation in Auto/biography (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014) ISBN: 978-1-137-34032-0

Journal articles

  • “The Memory of Pringle as Prospero, or the Cannibal that Faked Caliban:   Issues of Authority and Representation in Thomas Pringle’s Ethnographic Poetry”, African Identities, Vol 13(3), 2015, pp.310-322
  • “Between the Kafkaesque and the Grotesque: The Monstrous Idea of South Africa in Fred Khumalo’s histriographic metafiction, Journal of Literary Studies, 31(3), 2015, pp 16-29.
  • ”The Complicated Memory of Obama’s ‘Middle Ground’ Rhetoric of Colorblindedness versus the reality of ‘Stand Your Ground’ policing: The Silent Return of ‘Race’ in the aftermath of Treyvon Martin’s Shooting in the USA’s Zones of Exception and Non-Being, in African Journal for Rhetoric, Vol 6, 2014, 54-72
  • “Synecdoche and Allegory in the filmic record of the memory of African Genocide in John Le Carré’s THE CONSTANT GARDENER” in Journal of Literary Studies”, Vol. 30(3), 2014, pp. 67-77. [with PB Makoe as 2nd author]
  • “Musical Space as Site of Transculturation of Memory nd Transformation of Consciousness:  The re-affirmation of Africa in the Black Atlantic Assemblage” in Muziki: Journal of Music Research in Africa Vol 11(1) 2014, pp.63-70. [with PB Makoe as 2nd author]
  •  “Representations of the national and trans-national in Phaswane Mpe’s Welcome to Our Hillbrow, Alternation 21(2), 2014,pp.83 – 98. [with LJ Rafapa as co-author]
  • “The repetition of the nomos of cultural memory in Nelson Mandela’s Long Walk to Freedom and Mamphela Ramphele's A Life”, in Critical African Studies, Vol. 5, (2), 2013, pp.67–78.
  • “Reverie qua ‘Worldliness’ in the Wilderness Texts: the Autobiographical Fiction of Es’kia Mphahlele and Chabani Manganyi”, Journal of African Cultural Studies, Volume 24(1), 2012, pp.55-72
  • “Fixing the hiatus between the habitus of memory and nostalgia”, on Dennis Walder’s Postcolonial Nostalgias: writing, representation, and memory, in Scrutiny2, Vol 17( 2), 2012, pp-118-122
  • "Between Tinseltown and Sophiatown: The Double Temporality of Popular Culture in the Autobiographical Cultural Memory of Bloke Modisane and Miriam Makeba", Journal of Literary Studies Volume 27(1) 2011, pp. 1-27.
  • “T/Races of Terrorism Beyond Ports of Entry: The Limits of Profiling in the Regulation of the 2010 FIFA World Cup Airport Traffic”, (with PM Chaka as Secondary Author), Social Dynamics, 37(1), 2011, pp.178-192
  • “The Individuated Collective Utterance: Lack, Law & Desire in the Autobiographies of Ellen Kuzwayo and Sindiwe Magona”, Journal of Literary Studies, 26(1), 2010, pp.111-134
  • “Of Becoming and Belonging: Black Atlantic (Inter-)Cultural Memory in the Early Autobiographies of
  • Peter Abrahams and Ezekiel Mphahlele”, Current Writing: Text and Reception in Southern Africa (2004) 16:2, pp. 47-70.
  • Critical Review of New Writing from Southern Africa, (ed.) Emmanuel Ngara, in English Academy Review, (EAR), Vol. 12 (1995), pp. 201-4.

Professional positions, fellowships & awards

  • Unisa Chairperson of Council’s Excellence Award(2014)                              
  • Research Excellence Award (2016) for C2 NRF-Rating
  • Universities UK ORS Award for PhD Research (2002-2004)
  • Editorial Board member, The Pan-African Conference Review
  • Editorial Board Member, African Journal of Rhetoric
  • Editorial Associate  & reviewer for: (a) Journal of Literary Studies, (b) Justice Quarterly, (c) Journal of African Cultural Studies


  • Leader of NIHSS CATALYTIC RESEARCH WORKING GROUP: “Re-Reading South African Autobiography after Deleuze: Becoming in Black Self-Testimony” (R250 000)
  • Interxtextual Transcultural Memory in Literature