Intersecting Diasporas Group Postdoctoral Fellow: Andrea Thorpe

Project Title: Diasporic Subjectivities in South African Writing

Andrea Thorpe’s postdoctoral research builds on her doctoral dissertation which explored postwar South African writing about London. She is currently expanding and reworking this project into a monograph, which is forthcoming through Manchester University Press. She is also taking her research in a new direction by looking at the ways in which apartheid South Africa is figured in the texts and networks of black British writers during the second half of the twentieth century. While contributing to South African literary studies and literary historiography, her research reaches beyond its primary national context towards a timely recognition of South African literature’s intersections with other diasporic and transnational literatures.

Articles forthcoming:

  • “This peculiar fact of living history”: Invoking apartheid in Black British writing.” Perceptions of Apartheid in Western Europe 1961-1990. [Chapter in edited collection to be published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2020]
  • “A black rather well-known South African recently arrived in London”: Critical responses to Todd Matshikiza’s Chocolates for My Wife. Special Issue of Critical Arts on “Celebrity and Protest in the Anti-Apartheid Struggle.”
  • “Vulnerability and Consequential Complicity: The Figure of the Black Female Migrant in Miriam Tlali's “Devil at a Dead End” and Chimamanda Adichie's “On Monday of Last Week”” (Co-authored with Sam Naidu) [Forthcoming in Research in African Literatures, 2021]

Conference papers presented in 2019:

  • “Bringing Chocolates for My Wife Home: Todd Matshikiza in the Archives.” Recovering Subterranean Archives Colloquium. Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study (STIAS), 17-18 January 2019.
  • “Dreams and Reality: London and Africa in Peter Abrahams’s A Wreath for Udomo.” Rereading and Remapping Foundational Texts and Genealogies Colloquium, University of the Witwatersrand, 30-31 May 2019.
  • ““Atlantic got your tongue”: Safia Elhillo’s translations of diasporic Arab-Africanness.” Revising the Black Atlantic: African Diaspora Perspectives Colloquium, Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study (STIAS), 9-10 October 2019

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