Prof Gareth Cornwell


M.A., Ph.D. (Rhodes)  ‌

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Teaching and Research Interests:

South African literature; nineteenth-century, twentieth-century and contemporary American fiction; short stories; Joseph Conrad; aesthetic and affective aspects of literary studies.

Recent Publications:

2019   “Love as ‘Locatedness’ in Richard Ford’s The Ultimate Good Luck.” English Studies in Africa. 62.1: 58-69. DOI: 1080/00138398.20191636527

 2019   “Cormac McCarthy and the South Africans.” English in Africa. 46.2: 7-23.


2018   “‘Reckless People’?: Negotiations of Identity in Richard Ford’s Rock Springs.” Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction.  60.1: 75-85.

2018    “William Plomer’s Turbott Wolfe: An Anatomy.” English in Africa 45.1: 83-134.

2016. "Damon Galgut." British Writers. Supplement XXIII. Ed. Jay Parini. Farmington Hills, MI: Charles Scribner's Sons. 105-20.

2015. "Ambivalent National Epic: Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian." Critique 56.5: 531-44.

2012. "Three Texts and the Moral Economy of Race in South Africa, c.1890-1910." English in Africa 39.2: 11-50.

         "For a New-ish Criticism." Scutiny2 17.1: 5-11.

2011. "'A Teaspoon of Milk in a Bucketful of Coffee': The Discourse of Race Relations in Early Twentieth-Century South Africa." English in Africa 38.3: 9-33.

          "J.M. Coetzee, Elizabeth Costello, and the Inevitability of 'Realism.'" Critique 52.3: 348-61.

          "'Style is the Great Betrayer': Socialist Realism in Alex La Guma's A Walk in the Night." English Studies in Africa 54.1: 11-20.

2010. The Columbia Guide to South African Literature in English since 1945 (with Dirk Klopper and Craig MacKenzie). New York: Columbia University Press, 2009.

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