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English Literary Studies at UCT
The English Department is home to a wide range of creative and critical engagements in literary and cultural studies.
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Why Literary Studies?
A degree in English Literary Studies prepares you for any role in which skills like close reading, clear writing and critical thinking are crucial.


Tuesday, 27 July 2021
Associate Professor Nadia Davids wins UCT Creative Art Works Award

What Remains, a years-long, multiple-output creative collaboration between Professor Jay Pather and Associate Professor Nadia Davids, is a fusion of text, dance and movement that tells a story about the unexpected uncovering of a slave burial ground in Cape Town, the archaeological dig that follows and a city haunted by the memory of enslavement. When the bones emerge from the ground, everyone in the city – descendants of the enslaved, archaeologists, citizens, property developers – is forced to reckon with a history sometimes remembered, sometimes forgotten. Loosely based on the uncovering of a graveyard at Prestwich Place in Cape Town

Publication Date:
Fri, 19 Mar 2021 - 18:15
Virtual Event: Childhood in Contemporary Diasporic African Literature BOOK LAUNCH

The Institute for Humanities in Africa (HUMA) invites you to the virtual launch of: Childhood in Contemporary Diasporic African Literature: Memories and Futures Past by A/Prof. Chris Ouma
Monday, 29 March at 4PM
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MEETING ID: 994 4861 0289

Publication Date:
Wed, 17 Feb 2021 - 11:30
Online Event: African Feminisms 2020
Healing as a Revolutionary Act  Featuring: Mmatshilo Motsei’s webinar, “Conversations with my Womb” 

Introduction by Barbara Boswell, video-poetry by various artists, and an optional feminist wine-down (bring your own booze)
Pre-event activity: Shelley Barry Watch Party 7th – 11th September on 

Registration deadline: 9th Sept 23h (Pretoria time)
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Max participants: first 90 people to register, otherwise live-streamed on



Publication Date:
Mon, 07 Sep 2020 - 14:00
Christopher Ouma launches Childhood in Contemporary Diasporic African Literature: Memories and Futures Past

The Department celebrates the recent publication of Christopher Ouma's new book, Childhood in Contemporary Diasporic African Literature: Memories and Futures Past. 

This book examines the representation of figures, memories and images of childhood in selected contemporary diasporic African fiction by Adichie, Abani, Wainaina and Oyeyemi. The book argues that childhood is a key framework for thinking about contemporary African and African Diasporic identities. 

Publication Date:
Fri, 28 Aug 2020 - 14:00