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PhD Student

Maria Geustyn

My doctoral project, ‘Littoral Literatures: amphibious politics in South African writings’, is aimed at writing a literary history of the littoral in South Africa. I am interested in the imagining of littoral spaces, in their representation, in their narrativity and in their textual attributes within a historical framework that considers terraqueous spaces in South Africa as inscribed with interactions that speak to discourses of power, of segregation and control, and of lasting rhetoric that challenges personal perceptions of the space. 

My research interests extend to the blue humanities, oceanic discourses and maritime literatures. My personal interests extend to ‘carving gnarly waves’ and placing blankets over sleeping animals.