Department of English Studies

Prof L Rafapa

College of Human Sciences
School of Arts
Department: English Studies
Tel: 012 429 4834


  • DLitt (Stellenbosch)

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Fields of academic interests

  • African literature
  • Christianity / Religion and literature
  • Creative writing
  • Cultural studies
  • Postcolonialism
  • South African literature 

Journal articles

  • 2014. Micro and Macro Intergenerational Oral Communication in the Zion Christian Church. In Culture in Aphasia: The Language Loss of the Indigenous. New Delhi: Routledge. (Forthcoming)
  • 2014. Antidote for Global Feminist Gaps as Encoded in Sindiwe Magona’s South African Autobiographies. In Feminism: Perspectives, Stereotypes/Misperceptions and Social Implications. New York: Nova Science Publishers.
  • 2014. Rafapa, L., Odoi, D.A. & Klu, E.K. K. Negotiating Social Change in Tsitsi Dangarembga’s Nervous Conditions. Journal of Social Sciences 38(2): 151-158.
  • 2014. Post-apartheid transnationalism in black South African literature: a reality or a fallacy? Tydskrif vir Letterkunde 51(1): 57-73.
  • 2014. Rafapa, L. & Masemola, K. Representations of the National and Trans-national in Phaswane Mpe’s Welcome to Our Hillbrow. (forthcoming)
  • 2014. Rethinking Marikana: Warm and Cold Lenses in Plea for Humanity (2014). Journal of Literary Studies 30(2):115-134.
  • 2014. Rafapa, L. & Rwafa, U. Tapestries of hope: Film, youths and HIV/AIDS in Zimbabwe and South Africa. Commonwealth Youth and Development 12(1): 48-59.
  • 2013. Artistic innovation through cultural symbols: A strategy for sustainable development in Kgebetli Moele’s Room 207. In Africa and Beyond: Arts and Development. UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 439-451.
  • 2013. Popular music in the Zion Christian Church. Muziki 10 (1): 19-24.
  • 2013. The content, handling and role of oral history in the Zion Christian Church. Pretoria: Research Institute for Theology and Religion of the University of south Africa.
  • 2011.Rafapa, L & Mahori, F Exorcising the ghost of the past: The abandonment of obsession with apartheid in Mpe’s Welcome to our Hillbrow. Tydskrif vir Letterkunde 48(2).
  • 2011. Rafapa, L Nengome, Z and Tshamano, H. Instances of Bessie Head’s distinctive feminism, womanism and Africanness in her novels. Tydskrif vir Letterkunde. 48(2).
  • 2010. Es’kia Mphahlele’s Afrikan Humanism. Johannesburg: Stainbank & Associates.
  • 2009. The use of oral hymns in African traditional religion and the Judeo-Christian religion. Southern African Journal of Folklore Studies 19(2).
  • 2009. The intersection of experience, imaginative writing and meaning-making in Es’kia Mphahlele. Tydskrif vir Letterkunde 46(1).
  • 2008. Es’kia Mphahlele – 1919-2008. In The literary encyclopedia.London: The Literary Dictionary Company Limited.
  • 2008. At the heart of African rainmaking. Southern African Journal of Folklore Studies18(1)
  • 2008. South African Drum writers of fiction: the English language and African identity. In Bagwasi, M. and Ebewo, J. (editors). English Language and Literature: Cross Cultural Currents. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  • 2008. Ploughing back as children of the Zion Christian Church. ZCC Messenger, December