Dr Nick Mdika Tembo
Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow
M.A. Literature (University of Malawi)
Ph.D. English Studies (Stellenbosch University)
My research interests are in life writing, trauma and cultural studies, (bio)traumics, migration literature, Eastern African diasporic fiction, African genocides and conflicts, holocaust literature, and the interface between literature and history, politics, psychology and the medical humanities.
Currently, I am conducting research on the representation of trauma in the work of South African and Malawian comic artists.
At Rhodes University, I am working with Dr Lynda Gichanda Spencer.
“Katabasis, Adult Betrayals, and Liminal Identity in China Keitetsi’s Child Soldier.” Social Dynamics: A Journal of African Studies 43.1 (2017) (forthcoming).
“Reduced to Rubbish: Trauma and Migrant Identities in Cristina Ali Farah’s Little Mother.” Scrutiny2: Issues in English Studies in Southern Africa 22.1 (2017) (forthcoming)
“Unhomeliness, Unending Phobias and Liminality in Senait Mehari’s Heart of Fire.” Literator: Journal of Literary Criticism, Comparative Linguistics and Literary Studies 38.1 (2017)
“Writing ‘Parrhesia,’ Narrating ‘the Other Rwandan Genocide’: Marie Béatrice Umutesi’s Surviving the Slaughter and Pierre-Claver Ndacyayisenga’s Dying to Live.” Matatu: Journal for African Culture and Society 48.2 (2016): 418-34.
“Paranoia, ‘Chosen Trauma’ and Forgiveness in Leah Chishugi’s A Long Way from Paradise.” English Academy Review: Southern African Journal of English Studies 32.2 (2015): 70-87.
“Representations of ‘Economic Hit Men’ in Selected Malawian Poetry.” Marang: Journal of Language and Literature 26 (2015): 173-190.
“Traumatic Memory and ‘Scriptotherapy’ in Malawian Poetry: The Case of Bright Molande’s Seasons.” English Academy Review: Southern African Journal of English Studies 31.1 (2014): 51-65.
“Politics and Stylistics of Female (Re)presentation in James Ng’ombe’s Sugarcane with Salt.” Reading Contemporary African Literature: Critical Perspectives. Eds. Reuben M. Chirambo & J. K. S. Makokha. Amsterdam & New York: Rodopi, 2013. 109-26.
“History, Religion and the Dramaturgy of Victimisation and Betrayal: Wole Soyinka’s Death and the King’s Horseman and Ng?g? wa Thiong’o and Ng?g? wa M?ri?’s I Will Marry When I Want.” Matatu: Journal for African Culture and Society 41 (2013): 65-85.
“‘Breaking the Head of the Masquerade’: Tracie Utoh-Ezeajugh’s ‘Out of the Masks’ and Theatre of Exclusion.” Matatu: Journal for African Culture and Society 40 (2012): 21-32.
“Ethnic Conflict and the Politics of Greed: Rethinking Chimamanda Adichie’s Half of a Yellow Sun.” Matatu: Journal for African Culture and Society 40 (2012): 173-89.
“Beyond the Dark Veil: Hope and Despair in Bright Molande’s Seasons.” Journal of Poetry Therapy: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Practice, Theory, Research and Education 25.1 (2012): 9-21.
“Subversion and the Carnivalesque: Images of Resistance in Ng?g? wa Thiong’o’s Wizard of the Crow.” Matatu: Journal for African Culture and Society 39 (2011): 337-61.
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