Kathleen Jennings is in her third year as a Masters candidate under the supervision of Dr Sue Marais. Born in Port Elizabeth, Katkleen holds several degrees from Rhodes University: a Bachelor of Arts, a BA (Hons) and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education. She has spent time teaching English as a second language in South Korea. She has also tutored in both the English and Education departments at Rhodes University. She has presented at the SASGLS 2017 conference and at the UP/Javett 2020 Feminist round-table. Her literary interests include postcolonial African literature, dystopian literature, feminist writings, transnational literature, film studies and trauma theory.

Current project: ‘“Rwanda cannot be exorcised”: Representations of Trauma in Selected Films and Novels on the Rwandan Genocide’. Her research aims to examine the depictions of trauma before, during and after the 1994 Rwandan genocide. In particular, she focuses on prioritising Rwandan voices which are often silenced by better established foreign cinematic and textual narratives. In doing so, she seeks to place the genocide in its particular historical framework by focusing on Rwanda’s specific colonial and postcolonial ideologies, reading the country’s continued personal and collective traumas as inextricably linked with its colonial past.

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