Michael Wessels
Position Senior Lecturer
Discipline English Studies
Phone 033 260 5747
Email wesselsm@ukzn.ac.za
Campus Pietermaritzburg Campus
Office Address Room 106a, Old Main Building

Degrees Held

  • PhD; HDE

Research Interests

  • My chief research interest is in the field of San Studies. I have also published articles on contemporary South African writing.

Teaching

  • I currently teach courses in romanticism, American poetry and Victorian and contemporary fiction.

Supervision

  • I supervise PhD and MA students in a wide range of fields, including fine arts, film studies and Victorian and African literature. I would be interested in supervising work in the areas of contemporary poetry, orality, literary theory, postcolonialism, romanticism, world literature, travel writing, indigenous studies and representations of place and nature.

Publications

Books

  • Bushman Letters: Interpreting /Xam Narrative. Johannesburg: Wits University Press. 2010.
  • K. Tomaselli and M. Wessels (eds). San Representation: Politics, Practice and Possibilities. London: Routledge. 2015.

Journal Articles

Chapters in Books

  • “The Dasse?s Story and The Crow?s Story: The Interdiscursivity of /Xam Bushman Literature”. In: Narrating Nomadism: Tales of Recovery and Resistance: Ed. G. N. Devy, G. V. Davis and K. K. Chakravarty. London and New Delhi: Routledge. 2013: 182-201.
  • Bushman Literature of the Drakensberg: The Re-emergence of a Vanished Voice. In: Courage of //Kabbo, edited by P. Skotnes and J. Deacon. UCT Press. 2014: 265-274.
  • The /Xam Narratives of the Bleek and Lloyd Collection: Are They Mythology and Do They Belong to the Nineteenth Century? In: Performing Identities: The Celebration of Indigeneity in the Arts, edited by G.N. Devy, G. Davis and K.K. Chakravarty. London and New Delhi: Routledge, 2014: 185 – 201.
  • Representations of Place in Three South African Novels. Collected papers from the ASNEL conference of 2013. Rodophi. 2014.

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