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The latest news for the UCT Department of English.  Please go to the archive for older news articles.

The Department celebrates the graduation of two of our PhD students this month
Wednesday, June 27, 2018 - 12:45

Dr Rosa Lyster’s thesis, A History of Apartheid Censorship Through the Archive, was described by one examiner as ‘as close to an ideal PhD as I have ever encountered’, and commended for its ‘substantial contribution to South African literary scholarship and the study of censorship’. Read an interview with Rosa on her project by PEN South Africa

Dr Tara Leverton’s research into Madmen and Mad Money: Psychological Disability and Economics in Medieval and Early Modern Literature was commended as ‘well-conceived, well-researched and well-argued piece of scholarship that undoubtedly makes a contribution to knowledge in (at least) three intersecting fields: disability studies, literary studies and, indeed, medieval and early modern historiography’.

Warm congratulations to Tara and Rosa for these excellent results.

Assoc. Prof. Harry Garuba’s poem gets published as the poem of the week in the Guardian newspaper
Wednesday, June 13, 2018 - 12:30

Assoc. Prof. Harry Garuba’s poem gets published as the poem of the week in the Guardian newspaper

Assoc. Prof. Nadia Davids' play What Remains received 5 awards at the 2018 Fleur du Cap awards
Monday, March 19, 2018 - 11:30

Warm congratulations are due to Associate Professor Nadia Davids, whose newest play, What Remains, was awarded as many as 5 Fleur du Cap awards at the 2018 ceremony on Sunday 18 March. This is an extraordinary achievement, testament to a remarkable work and to the dedication and talent of the team that brought it to the stage.

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The Afrows Anthology – Propelling Young Black Writers
Wednesday, November 22, 2017 - 12:00

Nearly 100 people packed UCT's Centre for African Studies Gallery on October 30th for the launch of Afrows: Words of Subversion – a provocative collection of protest poetry and prose by five UCT undergraduate English majors.

Professor Imraan Coovadia
Wednesday, March 23, 2016 - 10:00

Congratulations to Professor Imraan Coovadia


Remembering Andre Brink
Friday, February 27, 2015 - 21:15

Remembering Andre Brink

Posgraduate conference 2016
Tuesday, January 19, 2016 - 16:00

The yearly conference offers a space for postgraduate students to present their research-in-progress to an audience of interdisciplinary peers, cultivating dialogue and collaboration across disciplines and institutions.

The papers from all disciplines within Humanities and Law are presented. There are no restrictions in terms of topic or theme.

English department first in Africa to host Man Booker Prize in 2015
Wednesday, February 18, 2015 - 17:15

UCT English students will be sharing the Arts Block in March with five internationally-renowned writers, scholars and editors, when the English Language and Literature Department hosts the judging panel for the 6th Man Booker International Prize

English Department in the World QS Rankings
Friday, February 20, 2015 - 13:45

The University of Cape Town's English Language and Literature Department is ranked in the top 50 of this international ranking system

Locating the Gothic Conference Review
Wednesday, March 11, 2015 - 11:15

Masters student Esthie Hugo attends international conference Locating the Gothic in limmerick Ireland.

Beyond the Surf: Sara Blecher’s Otelo Burning (2011)
Friday, March 6, 2015 - 12:30

A collaborative effort by the cast and crew of Otelo Burning, the Isiqalo Waves for Change programme, members of the Department of English at UCT and a PhD student from Stellenbosch leads to a multi-dimensional way of looking at, and doing freedom, in a new South Africa. 

by Warren Jeremy Rourke

ARH Framing the Beach 30th September 2014
Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 12:30

An event celebrating the rich meanings engendered through the human interaction and use of the beach.