Dr Lynda Gichanda Spencer



Dr Lynda Spencer


BA Law (Walter Sisulu), BA Hons (Pretoria), MA ( Witwatersrand), PhD (Stellenbosch)

email: l.spencer@ru.ac.za


Teaching and Research Interests

Women’s Fiction, African Literary Studies, Transnational literature

Popular literature in Africa, Postcolonial Studies, Popular women’s fiction, East African literary and cultural studies, African Diasporic Studies, Women’s narratives of war

Andrew W. Mellon Urban Conections in African Popular Imaginaries (UCAPI) Research Group

Lynda is principal investigator of the UCAPI Research Group, concerned with African popular modes of representation and interpretation, and especially with the ways in which local specificities and global imaginaries are articulated through popular genres. It seeks to engage critically with various knowledge productions that are embedded in local cultural forms.

Selected Publications

Book Chapters

2012. “Heirs of Tradition or Veiled Anxieties? Romance, Sex, and Marriage in Contemporary Ugandan Women’s short stories.” Rethinking Eastern African Literary and Intellectual Archives. Eds. James Ogude, Grace A. Musila and Dina Ligaga. Trenton, NJ: Africa World Press. 98-117.

2012. “Biography of Moses Isegawa.” Dictionary of African Biography.  Eds. Emmanuel K. Akyempong and Henry Louis Gates. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

2012. Biography of Goretti Kyomuhendo.”  Dictionary of African Biography.  Eds. Emmanuel K. Akyempong and Henry Louis Gates. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Journal Articles

2015. “Visible Wars and Invisible Women: Interrogating Women’s Roles During Wartime in Goretti Kyomuhendo’s Waiting:  A Novel at War.English in Africa 42.2: 109-128.

2014. “‘On the fringes of society’ and out of the closet’.” A response to “Sexual/Textual Politics.” Journal of Contemporary African Studies 32.4: 491-492.

2013. “The House of Mothers:  Constructing Alternative Forms of Mothering in Kagiso Lesego Molope’s The Mending Season. English Academy Review 30. 1: 63-75.

2009. “Young, Black and Female in Post-apartheid South Africa: Identity Politics in Kopano Matlwa’s Coconut.” Scrutiny 2.11.1:66-78.

2005. “Language Learning Interventions.” Journal for Language Teaching 39. 1: 114-130.

Book Reviews

2010. “The Mending Season.  The English Academy Review.27.2: 146-149.

2009. “Waiting: A Novel at War.” English Academy Review. 26. 2: 107-108.

2009. “Words and Worlds: African Writing, Theatre, and Society.” African Studies Review, 52 .1: 222-224.

2007. “Waiting: A Novel at War.” African Studies Review, 50.3: 211-212.

Academic Engagements

Course coordinator: English 1, Paper Co-ordinator: Encountering African Literature

Institutional/Professional Activities

Co-editor: Eastern African Literary and Cultural Studies

Council Member:  English Academy of Southern Africa

Member: Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA)






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