PhD Student

Alexandra Dodd

Alexandra Dodd is an independent writer and editor, and a research fellow with the Archive & Public Culture research initiative. Her work takes shape at the interface between literary and visual culture across a range of media, from newspapers to magazines and novels, from mixed media installations to website architecture. Her doctoral thesis, Secular Séance: Post-Victorian embodiment in contemporary South African art, explores Victorian aesthetics in contemporary art as a premise to imaginatively engage with the fraught cultural legacy of Englishness in South Africa today. She holds an Honours degree in Journalism from Rhodes University and a Masters in English Literature from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. She has worked as editor of Friday for the Mail & Guardian, and books and features editor of ThisDay newspaper, as well as lecturing in creative writing at the University of the Witwatersrand, and editing numerous novels, including Ishtiyaq Shukri’s EU Prize-winning novel, The Silent Minaret (Jacana, 2005) and Barbara Adair’s End (Jacana, 2008). In addition to regular articles for magazines, journals and websites, she has contributed essays to numerous art catalogues and books, including David Goldblatt: Photographs (Contrasto, 2006), a limited-edition volume on William Kentridge and Gerhard Marx’s Firewalker sculpture (Fourthwall Books, 2011), Terry Kurgan’s Hotel Yeoville (Fourthwall Books, 2013) and Uncertain Curature: In and out of the Archive (Jacana, due for release in 2014).