Keenan Collett 

I entered Rhodes University in 2012, studying a Bachelor of Arts in English and Psychology. In 2015, I proceeded to complete an Honours degree in English, with distinction. My Honours research paper focussed on the elision of trauma in Bret Easton Ellis’s Less than Zero and Imperial Bedrooms, and related this elision to the toxic notion of the American Dream. My current research interests include transgressive fiction, trauma theory, contemporary South African fiction, film adaptations, and television studies. As of 2015, I have tutored English I.

My thesis is titled “How can you build a nation without telling its stories?”: Transgressive, Testimonial Fiction in Post-TRC South Africa. Exploring the work of contemporary South African authors – such as K. Sello Duiker, Kgebetli Moele, and Sifiso Mzobe – this thesis aims to outline the existence of transgressive fiction in ‘post-apartheid’ South Africa, and to emphasise its uniqueness. It pays particular attention to the role of empathy in reading transgressive texts, and the use of the testimonial form in relaying violent narratives.

Supervisor: Dr Sue Marais

Recipient of the Andrew Mellon Focus Area Scholarship.

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