Aretha Phiri

Dr Aretha Phiri

Aretha Phiri

Associate Professor

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 (post-)apartheid literature, Afrodiasporic and transnational literature, realist and modernist fiction, poetry

My research broadly interrogates the intersectional interactions 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, and contemporary Afrodiasporic literature.

 

Selected Publications

Books

 

2020: African Philosophical and Literary Possibilities: Re-reading the Canon. Ed. Aretha Phiri. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

 

Book Chapters

 

2021: “Tracing the (In)visible Man: Ralph Ellison’s Legacy to South Africa.” Global Ralph Ellison: Transnational Aesthetics and Politics. Eds. Marc Conner and Tessa Roynon. Peter Lang publishers. (in press; accepted for publication)

2020: “Transgressing Borders: (Re)imagining Africa(ns) in the World.” African Philosophical and Literary Possibilities: Re-reading the Canon. Ed. Aretha Phiri. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books. 113-130.

2020: “Introduction: Re-reading the Canon, Re-reading Africa.” African Philosophical and Literary Possibilities: Re-reading the Canon. Ed. Aretha Phiri. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books. xi-xix.

2020: “Fingering the Jagged Grain: Rereading Afropolitanism (and Africa) in Taiye Selasi’s Ghana Must Go.” Afropolitan Literature as World Literature. Ed. James Hodapp. London: Bloomsbury. 151-166.

2019: “‘Lost in Translation’: Re-reading the Contemporary Afrodiasporic Condition in Taiye Selasi’s Ghana Must Go.” Debating the Afropolitan. Eds. Emilia María Durán-Almarza, Ananya Jahanara Kabir, and Carla Rodríguez González. London: Routledge. 38-52.

2014: “Dis(re)membering Bodies: Disability and Self-Constitution in Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye and Octavia Butler’s Kindred” (with Maja Milatovic). Assembling Identities. Ed. Sam Wiseman. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars, 2014. 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, 2014. 136-152.

  

Journal Articles

2022: “Decolonising the Black Atlantic” Special Issue. Guest Ed. Aretha Phiri. Cultural Studies journal. (forthcoming; commissioned for publication)

2021: “Coloured by History, Shaped Otherwise: A ‘Decolonial’ Reading of Zoë Wicomb.” Journal of Commonwealth Literature Special Issue: The South African Short Story post-2000. Eds. Rebecca Fasselt, Corinne Sandwith and Khulukazi Soldati-Kahimbaara. (in press; accepted for publication)

2021: “Response” (with Derek Attridge). Special Issue: “Geographies of Comparison: Ireland and South Africa.” Eds. Coílín Parsons and Agata Szczeszak-Brewer. Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies 23 (1): 170-175.

2020: “The Race for Reparation(s), the (Im)possibility of Repair in Toni Morrison’s Beloved and Antjie Krog’s Country of my Skull.” Safundi 21 (1): 69-84.

2020: “Trumping the House that Race Built: Deracinating Twenty-First Century American Politics.” English Studies in Africa 63 (1): 45-58.

2018: “Black, White and Everything in-between: Unravelling the Times with Zoë Wicomb.” English in Africa 45 (2): 117-128. 

2017: “‘Lost in Translation’: Re-reading the Contemporary Afrodiasporic Condition in Taiye Selasi’s Ghana Must Go.” Thematic Issue: Debating the Afropolitan.” European Journal of English Studies 21 (2): 144-158.

2017: “Expanding Black Subjectivities in Toni Morrison’s Song of Solomon and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah.” Cultural Studies 31 (1): 121-142.

2015: “Queer Subjectivities in Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s ‘On Monday of Last Week’ and J. M. Coetzee’s Disgrace.” Agenda 103/ 29 (1): 155-163.

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.

 

Academic engagements/portfolios

English 1, 3 and Honours Paper Coordinator

Academic Representative on University Senate

Rhodes Plagiarism Committee (appointed by Senate)

Humanities Faculty Research Committee

 

Institutional/Professional Activities

Advisory Board Transnational Literature Journal

Women’s Academic Solidarity Association (WASA)

African Feminist Initiative (AFI), Penn State University

British Association for American Studies

Independent Reviewer for the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf).

 

Research Affiliations 

NRF Y-1 rated researcher

Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study (STIAS) Fellow (2017-2019) 

Visiting fellowships - National Humanities Center (NHC), North Carolina (2019); Institute for Black Atlantic Research (IBAR) at the University of Central Lancashire, UK (2018); Centre for the Study of International Slavery (CSIS) at Liverpool University, UK (2018)

Rhodes African “Multiple Clusters” Studies Centre – Project Participant (Literature, Languages and Music)

 

Public Engagements/Fora:

2020: https://theconversation.com/black-lives-matter-but-slavery-isnt-our-only-narrative-137016

2020: https://theconversation.com/nigerias-queer-literature-offers-a-new-way-of-looking-at-blackness-133649

2020: https://theconversation.com/black-and-queer-women-invite-the-black-atlantic-into-the-21st-century-131057

2019: https://theconversation.com/how-toni-morrisons-legacy-plays-out-in-south-africas-universities-121755

2016: https://theconversation.com/literature-by-africans-in-the-diaspora-can-help-create-alternative-narratives-60941

2010: Part of the ‘Reading Africa’ Initiative, supported by the Department of Arts and Culture, SA, and concerned with promoting reading of African literature by young learners, particularly in the Eastern Cape.

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