Cheryl Stobie
Position Associate Professor
Discipline English Studies
Phone 033 260 5512
Email stobiec@ukzn.ac.za
Campus Pietermaritzburg Campus
Office Address Room OMB 121

Qualifications

  • BA Honours in English Studies (cum laude), University of Natal
  • MA in Women’s Studies (cum laude), University of Natal
  • PhD in English Studies, University of KwaZulu-Natal
  • UED, University of Natal

Employment

  • Employed in English Studies, University of Natal and then University of KwaZulu-Natal, since 1985.

Positions and Honours

  • Invited by Professor Taiwo Adetunji Osinubi, Professor NevilleHoad and Dr Wendy Belcher to attend conference at Princeton University 12-14 December 2014 in preparation for special issue of Research in African Literatures on theme of Queer Africa, to be published in October 2015.
  • Invited by Professor Tony Voss to participate in a special issue of English in Africa, on the theme of South Africa: The Emancipation Moment, to be published in October 2015.
  • Asked to host book launch of Charlotte Otter’s novel, Balthazar’s Gift, June 2014.
  • Invited by Professor Robert Balfour, Dean of Education, North-West University, Potchefstroom campus, to present a plenary paper, “‘The devil slapped on the genitals’: Religion and Spirituality in Queer South Africans’ Lives,” as part of the first “Speak Out” seminar series on diversity, 2013.
  • Invited by Dr Michael Wessels to be a co-investigator in his NRF-funded project, Khoi and San Representation, 2012 to 2014.
  • Principal investigator of Spirituality and Sexuality in Texts project, supported by the NRF from 2010 to 2012. Collaborators include Professors Mbongeni Malaba and Ileana Dimitriu, and Dr Michael Wessels.
  • Invited by Professor Michael Chapman to edit a special issue of Current Writing: Text and Reception in Southern Africa on the theme of spirituality and sexuality in texts, which appeared in 2012.
  • Invited by Professor Chantal Zabus to present a paper on postcolonialism at a conference in Paris, May 2011. Other featured speakers included eminent postcolonial scholars Professors Bill Ashcroft, Gareth Griffiths and Helen Tiffin.
  • Invited by Dr Ashraf Jamal to present a paper at Synthetic Dirt colloquium at Rhodes University, April 2011.
  • Invited by Professor Chantal Zabus to present a paper on Transgender in South Africa at University of Paris, May 2009.
  • NRF incentive funding awarded 2009-2014
  • Rated as a researcher by the National Research Foundation (NRF) for period 2009 to 2014.
  • Invited by Professor Duncan Brown to participate in a 2007-2010 partnership project, “Religion and Spirituality in a Postcolonial Context,” including a core of members from South Africa, Botswana, India and the United Kingdom.
  • Member of AUETSA (Association of University English Teachers of South Africa), the English Academy (South Africa), SAACLALS (South African Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies), ACLALS Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies), EACLALS (European Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies) and ANFASA (Academic and Non-fiction Authors’ Association of South Africa.
  • Principal investigator of NRF Focus Area (Distinct South African Research Opportunities) project: “Shedding Skins”, 2007-2008. This project examined the complex literary, personal and social effects associated with representations of consciously re-shaped selves in post-apartheid South African writing.
  • In 2006 invited to join editorial team of major journal, Current Writing: Text and Reception in Southern Africa, established 1987.
  • NRF funding awarded 2004-2005 for Bisexualities in South African literature project.

Peer-reviewed Publications

Sole-authored Book

  • Stobie, Cheryl. 2007. Somewhere in the Double Rainbow: Representations of Bisexuality in Post-Apartheid Novels. Pietermaritzburg: University of KwaZulu-Natal Press.

Recent Peer-reviewed Articles in Journals

  • Stobie, Cheryl. 2014. “‘The devil slapped on the genitals’: Religion and Spirituality in Queer South Africans’ Lives”, in Journal of Literary Studies 30,1: 1-19.
  • 2014. “The Music of Dead Sisters: A Feminist Comparison of Two Folktales about Singing Bones and Reeds”, in Critical Arts 28,3: 539-54.
  • Marais, Barrington, and Cheryl Stobie. 2014. “Constructing the Autobiographical Self, Collective Identity and Spiritual Spaces in South African Queer Autobiography”, in Literator 35,1, Art. #1081, 9 pages. http://dx.doi.org/10.4102/lit.
  • Stobie, Cheryl. 2013. “Re-constructing the ‘Outcast-initiate’ in Patrick White’s The Twyborn Affair”, in Current Writing: Text and Reception in Southern Africa 25,1: 52-65.
  • 2012. “Dirty Alien Shadow-selves: Delving into the Dirt in District 9”, in Image & Text 20: 128-45.
  • 2012. “Dystopian Dreams from South Africa: Lauren Beukes’s Moxyland and Zoo City”, in African Identities 10,4: 367-80.
  • 2012. “‘The guilt of men’: Re-visioning the Virgin Birth in Thando Mgqolozana’s Hear Me Alone”, in Current Writing: Text and Reception in Southern Africa 24,2: 149-58.
  • Rossmann, Jean, and Cheryl Stobie. 2012. “‘chew me until i bind’: Sacrifice and Cultural Renewal in Marlene van Niekerk’s Agaat”, in Journal of Literary Studies/Tydskrif vir Literatuurwetenskap 28,3: 17-31.
  • Stobie, Cheryl. 2011. “‘He uses my body’: Female Traditional Healers, Male Ancestors and Transgender in South Africa”, in African Identities 9,2: 149-62.
  • 2011. “Indecent Theology, Trans-theology and the Transgendered Madonna in Chris Abani’s The Virgin of Flames”, in Research in African Literatures 42,2: 170-83.
  • 2011. “Reading Bisexualities from a South African Perspective – Revisited”, in Journal of Bisexuality 11,4: 480-7.
  • 2010. “Dethroning the Infallible Father: Religion, Patriarchy and Politics in Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Purple Hibiscus”, in Literature and Theology 24,4: 421-35.
  • 2009. “Postcolonial Pomosexuality in Queer/Alternative Fiction after Disgrace”, in Current Writing: Text and Reception in Southern Africa 21,1/2: 320-41.
  • 2009. “Ruth in Marlene van Niekerk’s Agaat”, in Journal of Literary Studies/Tydskrif vir Literatuurwetenskap 25,3: 57-71.
  • 2008. “Sisters and Spirits: The Postcolonial Gothic in Angelina N. Sithebe’s Holy Hill”, in Current Writing: Text and Reception in Southern Africa 20,2: 26-43.
  • 2008. “Fissures in Apartheid’s ‘Eden’: Representations of Bisexuality in The Smell of Apples by Mark Behr”, in Research in African Literatures 39,1: 70-86.
  • 2007. “The Queer Celebratory in Ashraf Jamal’s Love Themes for the Wilderness”, in English in Africa 34,2: 5-18.
  • 2007. “Shedding Skins: Metaphors of Race and Sexuality in the Writing of Tatamkhulu Afrika”, in Journal of Literary Studies/Tydskrif vir Literatuurwetenskap 23,2: 148-65.
  • 2007. “Representations of the Other Side in Nadine Gordimer’s The House Gun”, in scrutiny2: Issues in English Studies in Southern Africa 12,1: 63-76.

Chapters in Books

  • Stobie, Cheryl. 2012. “Gendered Bodies in Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Purple Hibiscus”, in Literature for Our Times: Postcolonial Studies in the Twenty-First Century, eds. Bill Ashcroft, Ranjini Mendis, Julie McGonegal and Arun Mukherjee. Amsterdam and Atlanta: Rodopi: 325-44.
  • 2011. “Postcolonial Pomosexuality in Queer/Alternative Fiction after Disgrace”, in SA Lit beyond 2000, ed. Michael Chapman and Margaret Lenta. Pietermaritzburg: UKZN Press: 335-52.
  • 2009. “Discourses of Alterity in Nadine Gordimer’s The House Gun”, in The Changing Face of African Literature/Les nouveaux Visages de la littérature africaine, ed. Bernard de Meyer and Neil ten Kortenaar. Amsterdam and Atlanta: Rodopi: 167-76.
  • 2009. “‘Speaking with Our Spirits’: The Representation of Religion in Marlene van Niekerk’s Agaat”, in Religion and Spirituality in a Postcolonial Context, ed. Duncan Brown.Pietermaritzburg: University of KwaZulu-Natal Press: 219-35.
  • 2009. “Crossing Lines”. Getting Bi: Voices of Bisexuals Around the World, 2nd edition. Boston: Bisexual Resource Center: 96-8. The book has also been translated into Spanish and Chinese.
  • 2008. “Writing in the Interzone: A Queer Postcolonial Reading of Barbara Adair’s In Tangier We Killed the Blue Parrot”, in Postcolonialism: South/African Perspectives, ed. Michael Chapman. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing: 171-88.

Critical Reviews of Books

  • Stobie, Cheryl. 2007. Review of After Colonialism: African Postmodernism and Magical Realism by Gerald Gaylard, in Current Writing 19,1: 165-8.
  • 2007. Review of “Letting Them Die”: Why HIV/AIDS Intervention Programmes Fail by Catherine Campbell, in Feminist Review 86: 209-11.

Encyclopedia Entries

  • Stobie, Cheryl. 2010. “Queer/Alternative Sexualities in Fiction”, The Encyclopedia of Twentieth-Century Fiction. Gen. ed. Brian W. Shaffer. Vol. 3: World Fiction. Ed. John Clement Ball. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell: 1296-9.

Editorial

  • Stobie, Cheryl. 2012. “Editor’s Note”, in Current Writing: Text and Reception in Southern Africa 24,2: 125-6.
  • 2008. “Preface”, in Current Writing: Text and Reception in Southern Africa 20,1: i-ii.

Papers Presented at Conferences

  • Stobie, Cheryl. 2014. “Black Diamonds and the Meeting of Her Thighs: Representations of Wealth, Corruption and Women’s Sexuality in Two African Texts”, for the 15th EACLALS Triennial International Conference, “Uncommon Wealths: Riches and Realities”, organised by Prof. Helga Ramsey-Kurz, Innsbruck, 14-18 April.
  • 2014. “Diamonds at the Meeting of Her Thighs: Representations of Women’s Sexuality in Two African Films Based on the Carmen Story”, for third biennial Sexuality Studies conference, “Self, Selves and Sexualities”, organised by Dr Mel Duffy and Mr Jean-Philippe Imbert, Dublin City University, Dublin, Ireland, 14-15 March.
  • 2013. Invited plenary paper, “‘The devil slapped on the genitals’: Religion and Spirituality in Queer South Africans’ Lives”, as part of first North-West University seminar series on diversity, “Speak Out”, Potchefstroom, 2 October.
  • 2013. Paper, “Siblings and Singing Bones and Reeds”, for English Studies staff and student seminar series, CALS, Pietermaritzburg, 22 August.
  • 2013. Paper, “Religion and Spirituality in Queer South Africans’ Lives”, as part of my NRF-funded project, “Spirituality and Sexuality in Texts”, for ACLALS conference, “‘The current unbroken/the circuits kept open’: Connecting Cultures and the Commonwealth”, St Lucia, West Indies, 5-9 August.
  • 2013. Paper, “Siblings and Singing Bones and Reeds”, “Khoi and San Representation” conference organised by Dr Michael Wessels, UKZN, Pietermaritzburg, 19-21 April.
  • 2012. Paper, “‘The guilt of men’: Re-visioning the Virgin Birth in Thando Mgqolozana’s Hear Me Alone”, as part of my NRF-funded project, “Spirituality and Sexuality in Texts”, in Postcolonial Literature panel, 16th Biennial Conference for the International Society for Religion, Literature and Culture (ISRLC), Faculty of Theology, University of Copenhagen, Denmark, 19-21 October.
  • 2012. Paper, “‘The devil slapped on the genitals’: Religion and Spirituality in Queer South Africans’ Lives”, as part of my NRF-funded project, “Spirituality and Sexuality in Texts”, for second biennial Sexuality Studies conference, “Self, Selves and Sexualities”, Dublin City University, Dublin, Ireland, 8-10 March.
  • 2011. Paper, “‘The Crossroads of Desire’: Love, Sex and the Spiritual in The Twyborn Affair”, “Love, Sex, Desire and the (Post)colonial” conference organised by Mark Mathuray, Lucienne Loh and Wendy Knepper, Senate House, University of London, 28-9 October.
  • 2011. Paper, “Teaching Difference: Spirituality and Sexuality in Patrick White’s The Twyborn Affair”, as part of a panel based on my NRF-funded project, “Spirituality and Sexuality in Texts”, for AUETSA conference, “‘What we talk about when we talk about English’: The Nature and Value of Literary Studies in South Africa”, Rhodes University, Grahamstown, 13-15 July.
  • 2011. Paper, “Dystopian Dreams from South Africa: Lauren Beukes’s Moxyland and Zoo City”, for Professor Chantal Zabus’s International Conference, on topic of “Future Postcolonialisms: Comparing, Converting, Queering, Greening”, Paris, 27-28 May.
  • 2011. Paper, “Re-constructing the ‘Outcast-initiate’ in Patrick White’s The Twyborn Affair”, EACLALS International Conference: “Under Construction: Gateways and Walls”, Istanbul, Turkey, 26-30 April.
  • 2011. Colloquium paper, “Dirty Alien Shadow Selves: Synthetic Dirt in District 9”, “Synthetic Dirt” colloquium organised by Ashraf Jamal and Rat Western, Rhodes University, Grahamstown, 16-17 April.
  • 2010. Paper, “Trans-theology, Transnationalism and the Transgendered Madonna in Chris Abani’s The Virgin of Flames” for Duncan Brown’s Religion and Spiritualities conference, Zandberg Wine Estate, Stellenbosch, 29-31 October 2010.
  • 2010. “The Transgendered Madonna in Chris Abani’s The Virgin of Flames”, paper presented at seminar series, School of Literature and Language Studies, University of the Witwatersrand, 22 September (invited by Professor Gerald Gaylard).
  • 2010. “The Transgendered Madonna in Chris Abani’s The Virgin of Flames”, paper presented at “Strokes Across Cultures”, The 15th Triennial ACLALS Conference, University of Cyprus, Nicosia, Cyprus, 6-11 June.
  • 2010. “‘He uses my body’: Female Traditional Healers, Male Ancestors and Transgender in South Africa”, paper presented at “Self, Selves and Sexualities” international conference, Dublin City University, Ireland, 19-20 March.
  • 2009. “‘He uses my body’: Female Traditional Healers, Male Ancestors and Transgender in South Africa”, paper presented for English Studies Seminar Series, UKZN, Pietermaritzburg, 15 October.
  • 2009. “The Infallible Father and the Transcendent Madonna in Purple Hibiscus and The Virgin of Flames”, workshop paper outlining proposed contribution to “Religion, Spirituality and Postcolonialism: A Perspective from the South” project. Centre for African Literary Studies, UKZN, Pietermaritzburg, 29-30 May.
  • 2009. “‘He uses my body’: Female Traditional Healers, Male Ancestors and Transgender in South Africa”, “Transgenders: New Identities and Visibilities” International Conference, University of Paris and École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), 22-23 May.
  • 2009. “‘He uses my body’: Boundary-crossing in Nkunzi Zandile Nkabinde’s Black Bull, Ancestors and Me: My Life as a Lesbian Sangoma”, Boundaries Project Workshop, North-West University, Potchefstroom Campus, Potchefstroom, 12-13 March.
  • 2008. “Ruth in Marlene van Niekerk’s Agaat”, “Breaking the Norms: Reception, Transformation and Transgression in Religion, Literature and Culture”, the 14th Conference of the International Society for Religion, Literature and Culture. Aarhus University, Denmark, 17-19 October.
  • 2008. “Sisters and Spirits: A Feminist Postcolonialist Comparison of Angelina N. Sithebe’s Holy Hill and Karen Armstrong’s The Spiral Staircase”, workshop on “Religion and Spirituality in a Postcolonial Context”, Centre for African Literary Studies, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg, 8-9 August.
  • 2008. “Ruth in Marlene van Niekerk’s Agaat”, “Try Freedom”: European Association for Commonwealth Literary and Language Studies Triennial Conference, Venice International University, 25-29 March.
  • 2008. Workshop paper outlining proposed contribution to “Religion, Spirituality and Postcolonialism: A Perspective from the South” project, Centre for African Literary Studies, UKZN, Pietermaritzburg, 4-5 February.
  • 2007. “‘Unfussy’ Lives: Reading Brenda Fassie and Bisexuality in Post-Apartheid South Africa”, workshop on “Gender, Culture and Society: Instruments for Change, Patterns of Resistance” co-hosted by Zentrum Gender Studies, University of Basel, Switzerland, and the Centre for Gender Studies, UKZN, Durban.
  • 2007. “Dethroning the Infallible Father: Religion, Patriarchy and Politics in Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Purple Hibiscus”, “Literature For Our Times”: Association for Commonwealth Literary and Language Studies 14th Triennial International Conference. University of British Columbia, Vancouver, 17-22 August.
  • 2007. “Worlds, Texts, Critics: Ruth in Marlene van Niekerk’s Agaat”, “Worlds, Texts, Critics”: Association of University English Teachers of Southern Africa/Southern African Association for Commonwealth Literary and Language Studies/South African Society for General Literary Studies (AUETSA/SAACLALS/SAVAL) conference. UKZN, Durban, 8-11 July.
  • 2007. “Speaking with Our Spirits: The Representation of Religion in Marlene van Niekerk’s Agaat”, “Religion and Spirituality in a Postcolonial Context” Colloquium. Centre for African Literary Studies, UKZN, Pietermaritzburg, 29-31 January.
Teaching
  • Since 1985, during my employment at the University of KwaZulu-Natal and its predecessor, the University of Natal, I have taught across the gamut of levels and over a range of topics. For the last 10 years my focus has been on postgraduate study: I have acted as postgraduate co-ordinator of the English programme; convened the School of Literary Studies, Media, and Creative Arts Higher Degrees committee; and participated in the Faculty of Humanities, Development and Social Sciences Higher Degrees committee, and since 2013 the School of Arts Higher Degrees committee. In the last 13 years I have lectured on three Honours/MA modules, which reflect my current intellectual interests: Constructions of Self and Nation, Mediating South/African Identities, and Countercultures. The theoretical concepts which underpin these modules include postcolonialism, gender studies, sexuality, spirituality and alterity. In the past I have also taught courses at the postgraduate level on topics including Medieval Literature and Myths and Realities: Women’s Writing and Criticism. I have also lectured in the methodology of English teaching as part of the Higher Diploma in Education (HDE) course.
  • I have taught extensively at all levels. I have participated in first year teaching, designed to foster close reading skills, literary analysis, and writing coherent essays. I have taught courses on gender studies and literature at second-year level. I currently teach a third-year module, Narratives of Gender, Place and Culture, which focuses on the representation of cultural crises in specific contexts, and investigates how “home” and concentric rings of belonging are spatially depicted. I have also conducted a third-year module on the work of Patrick White.
  • In addition, I have lectured at various levels on a range of authors, including John Donne, Jane Austen, Joseph Conrad, Scott Fitzgerald, Hart Crane, Joseph Heller, Adrienne Rich, Ngugi wa Thiong’o, Marge Piercy, Toni Morrison, Phaswane Mpe, Shani Mootoo, Phaswane Mpe, Chris Abani, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Lauren Beukes. Selected films are also included in my modules.

Postgraduate Supervision

Current

  • PhD, Dave Nel, “From the Garden to Hillbrow: Transculturation in Selected Post-2000 South African Literature”.
  • PhD, Jean Rossmann, “Orion, Ram's Horn and Labyrinth: Quest and Creativity in Marlene van Niekerk's Triomf, Agaat and Memorandum”.
  • PhD, Barrington Marais, “Men in the Margins: Moffies, Misfits and Misogynists? Representations of Coloured Males in Selected Post-apartheid South African Literary Texts”.
  • PhD, Kim Swinstead, title to be decided (registered second semester, 2014).
  • MA by dissertation, Amy Galbraith, “Being the ‘Bull Goose’: Masculinity, Male Relationships and Fatherhood in Times of Crisis”.
  • MA by dissertation, Samiksha Laltha, “Diasporic Identities, Divine Presences and the Dynamics of Power in Deepa Mehta’s Filmography (1996-2008)”.
  • MA by dissertation, Karen Woomed, “The Anatomy of Rape: An Analysis of Gendered Representations of Rape in Selected Post-apartheid South African Texts”.
  • Donna-Jade Shelver, MA by dissertation, “Negotiating Adolescence: The Representation of Teenage Girls in a Selection of Young Adult South African Fiction”.
  • Andrew Robinson, MA by dissertation, title to be decided (registered second semester, 2014).

Completed Postgraduate Projects (year of graduation ceremony given)

  • 2013. MA by dissertation, Barrington Marais, “Queering Ubuntu: The Self and Other in South African Queer Autobiography”, awarded cum laude
  • 2013. MA by dissertation, Stacey Kaye, “‘What it is to be a man’: Beyond Stereotypes of African American Masculine Identities in Selected Works by Toni Morrison”
  • 2012. Khaya Gqibitole, PhD, “Creativity or Control? A Study of Selected Xhosa Radio Plays in the Apartheid Years”.
  • 2012. Stuart Thomas, MA by dissertation, “This Land is Us: Aspects of the Plaasroman and Hospitality in Five Post-apartheid Karoo Novels”, awarded cum laude.
  • 2012. Matthew Beetar, MA by dissertation, “From Homo to Pomo: ‘Gay Identity’ Amongst Young White Men in Contemporary South Africa”, awarded cum laude.
  • 2011. Joanna Wright, MA by coursework and dissertation (co-supervision), “Memory, Monuments and the National Imaginary in Post-apartheid South Africa: Ivan Vladislavic’s Propaganda by Monuments and Other Stories and the Constitution Hill Complex”, awarded cum laude.
  • Dr Michael Wessels, postdoctoral fellow under my supervision 2009-2010, published a monograph, Bushman Letters: Interpreting /Xam Narratives with Wits University Press as well as four articles during the time of his postdoctoral work.
  • 2010. Avershree Maistry, MA by coursework and dissertation, “The Multicultural Traveller: Representations of Indian Female Identity in Gurinder Chadha’s Bend It Like Beckham and Bride and Prejudice”.
  • 2009. Ruth Choveaux, MA by dissertation, “Multiple Belongings: Zoë Wicomb’s Literary Conceptualisations of Coloured Women”, awarded cum laude.
  • 2009. Sita Moyo, MA by coursework and dissertation, “The Desiring Gaze in the Photographic Art of Kathryn Smith, Zanele Muholi and Sita Moyo”.
  • 2008. Kim Swinstead, MA by coursework and dissertation, “Toy(ed) Soldiers: Constructions of White Adolescent Masculinity in Mark Behr’s Narratives”.
  • 2007. Jean Rossmann, MA by dissertation, “A Study of Intertextuality, Intimacy and Place in Barbara Adair’s In Tangier We Killed the Blue Parrot”, awarded summa cum laude.
  • 2006. Karen Bruce, MA by dissertation, “‘When It Changed’: Utopian/Dystopian Fiction and Second Wave Feminism”, awarded a distinction.
  • 2001. Clare Landon, MA by coursework and dissertation, “India and Pakistan through Eastern and Western Eyes: Women’s Autobiographical Writing in Colonial and Post-colonial India and Pakistan”.

Dissertations and Theses Examined

  • 1. 2013. Internal examiner full MA dissertation UKZN (Howard College). Fiona McGuigan’s “Gendered Geographies and the Politics of Place: A Comparative Reading of the Novels of Mariama Bâ and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie”. Supervisor Dr Corinne Sandwith
  • 2. 2011. External examiner full MA dissertation, Rhodes University. Jenna Collett’s “‘I want to tell the story again’: A Study of Re-telling in Four Selected Novels by Jeanette Winterson and Alan Warner”. Supervisor Dr Deborah Seddon
  • 3. 2011. External examiner full MA dissertation, University of Johannesburg. Andrew Carolin’s “Archiving Representations of Same-Sex Male Subjectivities in Post-transitional South African Fiction”. Supervisor Dr Ronit Frenkel
  • 4. 2010. Internal examiner PhD thesis UKZN (HC). Zoë Molver’s “Guerilla, Artist, Writer: Harold Strachan in Context”. Supervisor Prof. Lindy Stiebel
  • 5. 2010. External examiner full MA dissertation, Stellenbosch. J. Rees’s “Masculinity and Sexuality in South African Border War Literature”. Texts: The Smell of Apples, Ice in the Lungs and Moffie. Supervisor Dr Shaun Viljoen
  • 6. 2008. External examiner full MA dissertation Unisa: Miss J. Goodwill’s “The Action Hero Revisioned: An Analysis of Female ‘Masculinity’ in the New Filmic Hero in Recent Filmic Texts”. Supervisor Prof. Deirdre Byrne
  • 7. 2007. Internal examiner full MA dissertation UKZN: Claire Scott’s “‘How Do I Understand Myself in this Text-tortured Land?’ Identity, Belonging and Textuality in Antjie Krog’s A Change of Tongue, Down to My Last Skin and Body Bereft” (English Studies). Supervisor Prof. Duncan Brown
  • 8. 2007. Internal examiner full MA dissertation UKZN: Morwenna Bosch’s “Telling Tales, Allowing the Body to Speak: Redefining the Art of Flesh in Feminist Performance Art” (Drama Studies). Supervisor Paul Datlen

Service

  • Postgraduate coordinator, English Studies, 2007 to 2014
  • Member of School of Arts Higher Degrees committee, 2012-2014
  • Member of cluster of Languages and Literatures Higher Degrees proposals committee, 2012-2014
  • Acting Deputy Head, then Acting Head, of the School of Literary Studies, Media and Creative Arts 2010
  • Faculty of Humanities, Development and Social Sciences representative on Faculty of Science and Agriculture Board 2009-2011
  • Centre for African Literary Studies board member 2010-2013.
  • Chairperson School of Literary Studies, Media and Creative Arts Higher Degrees committee 2007-2011
  • Member of Faculty of Humanities, Development and Social Sciences Higher Degrees committee 2007-2011.
  • Coordinator of English Studies research seminar series, conceptualised to provide a forum for dissemination of new ideas in research and engagement with speakers from South African and overseas universities, 2004-2008.
  • External examiner English Studies, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, 2009-2011.
  • Act as reviewer for international journals, including Research in African Literatures (USA) Postcolonial Text (Canada), Feminism and Psychology (New Zealand), Cercles: Revue du monde Anglophone (France), Feminist Review (United Kingdom), and simile2 (Canada); and South African journals, including English in Africa, Social Dynamics: A Journal of African Studies, South African Linguistics and Applied Language Studies, scrutiny2: Issues in English Studies in Southern Africa, Current Writing and Image & Text.
  • Act as reader for UKZN Press.
  • Member of editorial collective of journal, Current Writing.
  • Act as reviewer of NRF project proposals.
  • Advise other universities on Higher Degrees procedures employed at UKZN (NMMU, Fort Hare, Unizul).

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