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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.


Friday, 17 September 2021
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
Professor Ayanna Thompson
Shakespeare and Social Justice keynote address by Professor Ayanna Thompson: 5pm, 16 May 2019

Professor Ayanna Thompson will deliver the keynote address, ‘Shakespeare and Blackface’, for the Shakespeare and Social Justice conference, co-hosted by the English Department. 17h00 on 16 May at the Fugard Studio Theatre.

Publication Date:
Wed, 15 May 2019 - 11:30
Event: Andrew van der Vlies in conversation with Erica Lombard at UCT on 4 April

On 4 April, 1–2pm, AC Jordan 116, Prof. Andrew van der Vlies (QMUL, UWC) will be in conversation with Dr Erica Lombard (UCT) about Zoë Wicomb's Race, Nation, Translation and South African Writing in Transition.

Publication Date:
Wed, 27 Mar 2019 - 13:30