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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, 23 October 2021
The Konstantin Sofianos Scholarship 2022 essay topic has been released

Submissions are now open and the essay topic has been posted online. You can access the guidelines for applying, as well as this year’s topic at .

Submission deadline: 20 January 2022. Please allow yourself enough time for reading and preparing your essay.


Publication Date:
Thu, 21 Oct 2021 - 11:00
The Writers' Seminar with Damon Galgut

We are delighted to announce that award-winning novelist, Damon Galgut, will be the first writer to join our The Writers' Seminar.

Damon Galgut will be joining us on Friday 22nd October from 12h00 until 13h30. He will be in conversation with Associate Professor Nadia Davids (UCT) about his recent Booker-shortlisted novel, The Promise.  

Publication Date:
Wed, 20 Oct 2021 - 09:45
Research Seminar: Leon Bomela on "Nationalism in Nyamnjoh's Fiction"

The latest presentation in our ongoing Research Seminar Series, will take place this Thursday, 21 October 2021. One of our PhD students, Leon Bomela, will be speaking to us about his current research. He will be in conversation with Dr Polo Moji (UCT) and Associate Professor Christopher Ouma (UCT).

The session will take place on Microsoft Teams, and all interested can join here on the day. Please contact Oliver Melvill for any enquiries (


Publication Date:
Tue, 19 Oct 2021 - 12:15
Launching monthly 'The Writer's Seminar' Series

The Department of English Literary Studies is excited to announce the launch of our new monthly seminar series: The Writers’ Seminar.      

Alongside our existing departmental research seminars, we will be hosting a monthly salon/seminar where we will be engaging with celebrated South African writers about their soon to be, or recently published work. We will be announcing details for new seminars on our website monthly.


Publication Date:
Fri, 15 Oct 2021 - 09:00