The latest news for the UCT Department of English. Please go to the archive for older news articles.
On 25 November 2019 the Department of English had its end of year party. Staff and graduate students dazzled one another with their poetry, music, drama and dance.
The Konstantin Sofianos Scholarship invites you to apply for our annual scholarship. Scholarship applications are open to all students who have been accepted to the University of Cape Town’s English department for the Honours programme in 2020.
"Research in Residence", the UCT English Postgraduate Conference, took place on Thursday 24 October.
The Department celebrates the recent publication of Hedley Twidle’s new book, Experiments with Truth: Narrative Non-Fiction and the Coming of Democracy in South Africa. At a launch event at the Book Lounge recently, Hedley spoke with Book Lounge founder Mervyn Sloman about the ‘strange’ and even ‘unusable’ elements of the past that nonetheless find their way into the array of narrative non-fiction, memoir and other documentary modes that continue to shape the past for the post-apartheid present.
Co-edited by Dr Polo B. Moji, the thematic issue Ghostly border-crossings: Europe in African and Afrodiasporic narratives, has recently been published by Tydskrif vir Letterkunde – A Journal of African Literature, with a striking cover image from Lina Iris Viktor’s Dark Continent 1 series.
The final event of the Shakespeare and Social Justice conference will be a panel discussion about new books in the field. Participants include Katherine Hennessey, Wendy Beth Hyman, Alexa Alice Joubin, Ayanna Thompson and Sandra Young. Chair: Chris Thurman. 15h00 on 18 May at the Fugard Studio Theatre.
Professor Ayanna Thompson will deliver the keynote address, ‘Shakespeare and Blackface’, for the Shakespeare and Social Justice conference, co-hosted by the English Department. 17h00 on 16 May at the Fugard Studio Theatre.
On 4 April, 1–2pm, AC Jordan 116, Prof. Andrew van der Vlies (QMUL, UWC) will be in conversation with Dr Erica Lombard (UCT) about Zoë Wicomb's Race, Nation, Translation and South African Writing in Transition.
English Honours students Daniela Friedman and Tasneem Allybokus have joined PEN SA as interns.
The launch of The Zulus of New York, by Zakes Mda. Mda will be in conversation with Nadia Davids.
Book Launch - Acts of Transgression: Contemporary Live Art in South Africa.
Q&A session between the editors and audience, facilitated by award-winning writer and playwright Nadia Davids.