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Language and literature
The Department of English Language and Literature is one of the oldest at the University and is also one of the oldest of its kind in South Africa. A wide range of opportunities are available for research and study in English Language, Literature,...


Friday, 15 February 2019
Professor Carrol Clarkson wins UCT Meritorious Book Award

Professor Carrol Clarkson, Honorary Research Associate and former Head of the English Department, has won a UCT Meritorious Book Award for 2018, in recognition of her new monograph, Drawing the Line: Towards an Aesthetics of Transitional Justice.

Publication Date:
Mon, 27 Aug 2018 - 14:30
TB Davie pre-lecture dinner

English Department colleagues were delighted to be among those invited by the Vice Chancellor, Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng, and Chair of the Academic Freedom Committee, Professor Elelwani Ramugondo, to the TB Davie pre-lecture dinner to welcome Professor Pumla Dineo Gqola.

Publication Date:
Tue, 21 Aug 2018 - 11:15
Black Archives and Intellectual Histories

Black Archives and Intellectual Histories is a Mellon funded seminar series that features eminent scholars, activists and public intellectuals from South Africa, the continent and across the Black Atlantic. This seminar series focuses on black intellectual histories and the question of the archive, paying particular attention to epistemologies, narrative, cultural production, social movements and collectives in relation to the geo-politics of the black diaspora and South Africa’s place in its imaginaries. These seminars are part of the ongoing conversation about the decolonization of higher education in South Africa, in particular how black intellectual histories can contribute to the transformation of the curriculum.

Publication Date:
Mon, 06 Aug 2018 - 10:45
The Department celebrates the graduation of two of our PhD students this month

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.

Publication Date:
Wed, 27 Jun 2018 - 12:45