Dr Aretha Phiri
Dr Aretha Phiri
BA (Hons) Rhodes, MA (Rhodes), PhD (Edinburgh)
email address: A.Phiri@ru.ac.za
Teaching and Research Interests
American and African-American literature, South African contemporary, post-apartheid literature, Afrodiasporic and transnational literature, realist and modernist fiction, poetry
My research broadly interrogates intersectionalities of race, ethnicity, culture, gender and sexuality/ies in comparative, transatlantic and transnational, considerations of identity and subjectivity, with a particular focus on American, African-American, Afro-diasporic, and Afro-Scottish literature.
2014. (with Maja Milatovic) “Dis(re)membering bodies: Disability and Self-Constitution in Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye and Octavia Butler’s Kindred.” Assembling Identities. Ed. Sam Wiseman. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars. 131-143.
2014.“Intimate Subject(ivitie)s: Race, Gender and Violence in Toni Morrison’s Beloved. Critical Insights: Violence in Literature. Ed. Stacey Peebles. Salem Press. 136-152.
2012. “Kopano Matlwa’s Coconut and the Dialectics of Race in South Africa: Interrogating Images of Whiteness and Blackness in Black Literature and Culture.” On Whiteness. Eds. Nicky Falkof and Oliver Cashman-Brown. Inter-Disciplinary Press. 105-11.
2016. “Expanding Black Subjectivities in Toni Morrison’s Song of Solomon and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah.” Cultural Studies Journal. (forthcoming)
2016.“‘Lost in Transnation’: Cultural Anxiety and the Afro-diasporic subject in Taiye Selasi’s Ghana Must Go.” European Journal of English Studies Thematic Issue: “Debating the Afropolitan.” (forthcoming)
2015. “Queer Subjectivities in Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s ‘On Monday of Last Week’ and J. M. Coetzee’s Disgrace.” Agenda Journal 103/ 29 (1): 155-163.
2015.“Critical Spaces: Processes of Othering in British Institutions of Higher Education.” Journal of Feminist Scholarship: Special Issue: ‘Spaces of Possibility: Education, Intersectionality and Social Change’ 7/8: 13-27.
2013. “Kopano Matlwa’s Coconut and the Dialectics of Race in South Africa: Interrogating Images of Whiteness and Blackness in Black Literature and Culture.” Safundi, 14 (2): 161-174.
2011.“Searching for the Ghost in the Machine: The ‘Africanist’ presence in Mark Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.” English Studies in Africa Journal 54 (1): 88-104.
2014. Tessa Roynon’s The Cambridge Introduction to Toni Morrison. Journal of American Studies 48 (2).
2010. Marisa Parham’s Haunting and Displacement in African American Literature and Culture. Safundi, 11 (3): 325-42.
Course Co-ordinator English 1
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Advisory Board Transnational Literature Journal
Women’s Academic Solidarity Association (WASA)
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