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Dr Minesh Dass



BA Journalism (RAU), BA Hons (UJ), MA (UJ), PhD (Rhodes)

email address:  m.dass@ru.ac.za

Teaching and Research Interests

Postapartheid writing, apartheid fiction, transnational literature, modernist literature, postmodernist literature, literary theory, American popular culture.

Minesh’s primary research field is South African postapartheid writing. He is also interested in notions of home and belonging, as well as the study of American popular culture.

Selected Publications

Book Chapters

2015. “Making Room for the Unexpected: The University and the Ethical Imperative of Unconditional Hospitality.” Being at Home: Race, Institutional Culture and Transformation at South African Higher Learning Institutions. Ed. Pedro Tabensky and Sally Matthews. Pietermartizburg: UKZN Press, 2015.

 2015. (with Mike Marais). “Reading Unreadable Lives: Precarity in Ken Barris’s What Kind of Child and Ishtiyaq Shukri’s The Silent Minaret.” Security and Hospitality in Literature and Culture. Ed. Emily Ridge and Jeffrey Clapp. London: Routledge, 2015. 127-40.

 Journal Articles

2011. “‘Amanuensis’ and ‘steatopygia’: the complexity of ‘telling the tale’ in Zoë Wicomb’s David’s Story.” English in Africa. 38.2: 45-60.

 2011. “‘A place in which to cry’”: The place for Race and the Home for Shame in Zo? Wicomb’s Playing in the Light.Current Writing. 23.2: 137-46.

 2009. “Narrative miscegenation in Zoë Wicomb's David's Story.” Scrutiny2. 14.2: 72-86.

 2004. “Response and Responsibility in Phaswane Mpe’s Welcome to Our Hillbrow.”  Alternation. 11.1: 165-85.

 Book Reviews

2013. Beyond the threshold: Explorations of liminality in literature. Ed. Hein Viljoen and Chris N. van der Merwe. English Academy Review 30:1: 124-28.

Academic Portfolio

MA and PhD course coordinator

Postgraduate Committee Member

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