Art image
English Literary Studies at UCT
The English Department is home to a wide range of creative and critical engagements in literary and cultural studies.
Books on a bookshelf
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.


Monday, 17 June 2019
Associate Professor Barbara Boswell's interview for the Cheeky Natives Podcast

Associate Professor Barbara Boswell was recently interviewed for the Cheeky Natives Podcast about her novel, Grace.

Publication Date:
Fri, 31 Aug 2018 - 09:45
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