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Dr Aretha Phiri

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.

Selected Publications

Book Chapters

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.

Journal Articles

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.

Book Reviews

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.

Academic Engagements/Portfolios

Course Co-ordinator English 1

Departmental public relations

Institutional/Professional Activities

Advisory Board Transnational Literature Journal

Women’s Academic Solidarity Association (WASA)





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