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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.


Saturday, 18 September 2021
Barbara Boswell hosts Professor Elleke Boehmer's book launch

Barbara Boswell from the Department of English recently hosted Elleke Boehmer, Professor of World Literatures in English at the University of Oxford, as she launched her second short story collection To the Volcano and  Other Stories

Publication Date:
Fri, 28 Feb 2020 - 12:00
Lehlohonolo Shale
End of year party 2019

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.

Publication Date:
Fri, 06 Dec 2019 - 12:30
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