School of Arts

Michael Wessels


  • Details

  • Position Senior Lecturer;
  • Discipline English Studies;
  • CampusPietermaritzburg Campus
  • Office AddressRoom 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.


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


  • 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.
  • “The Dasse?s Story and The Crow?s Story: The Interdiscursivity of /Xam Bushman Literature”. In: Narrating NomadismTales 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.


  • 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.