In memoriam: Professor Harry Garuba
The Department is in mourning following the passing of our beloved colleague and teacher, Professor Harry Garuba, late on Friday 28 February 2020. Harry was a wonderful mentor. A deeply kind and wise teacher to so many of us, he also had a fierce...
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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.


Thursday, 4 March 2021
Postgraduate presenters
Postgraduate Conference 2019

"Research in Residence", the UCT English Postgraduate Conference, took place on Thursday 24 October.

Publication Date:
Thu, 31 Oct 2019 - 10:15
Hedley Twidle launches Experiments with Truth: Narrative Non-Fiction and the Coming of Democracy in South Africa

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.  

Publication Date:
Wed, 28 Aug 2019 - 10:45
Dr Polo Moji co-edits new publication on the study of blackness in contemporary Europe

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.

Publication Date:
Wed, 28 Aug 2019 - 10:15
Public event: Shakespeare and Social Justice panel discussion and book launch, 18 May 2019

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.

Publication Date:
Thu, 16 May 2019 - 10:15