Sally-Ann Murray




MA (cum laude  University of Natal), PhD (UND): Professor



 Autobiography, identity, autoethnography

Writing margins and mainstreams:  local and global; limits and possibilities

Mediating  (Southern) African Identities in literary, visual and material cultures

Citiness, place, space: forms of textual location/locution/performance

Literature and memory

Writing and gender

Creative writing as/and academic research




Selected Peer-reviewed Articles and Book Chapters

2014. "Writing like life? 'Life-like' relation, femaleness and generic instability in Small Moving Parts." Special issue of Agenda on Auto/biography and life writing.

2013. "Locating Abdulrazak Gurnah: Margins, Mainstreams, Mobilities." English Studies in Africa 56(1): 141 – 156.

2011."Lyric↔L/language. Essaying the poetics of contemporary women's poetry." scrutiny2 16(2): 12 – 31.

2011. "Feet Also Feature: the Paintings of Andries Gouws" In: Gouws, A (ed.) Pedestrian Paintings. Durban: HardPressd.

2011. "On Ivan Vladislavić, on Willem Boshoff, on Conceptual Art." In: Gaylard, G (ed.) Marginal Spaces. Johannesburg: Wits University Press.

2011. "On the Street with Vladislavić, Mhlongo, Moele and Others." In: Chapman, M and M Lenta (eds.) SA Lit Beyond 2000. Pietermaritzburg: University of KwaZulu-Natal Press: 69 - 96.

2010. "Ivan Vladislavić and What-What: Among Writers, Readers and 'other odds, sods and marginals'." South African Literature Today. Current Writing 21(1&2): 138-163.

2009. (with R Courau). "Of Funeral Rites and Community Memory: Ways of Living in Ways of Dying." In: Bell, D and JU Jacobs (eds). Ways of Writing: Critical Essays on Zakes Mda. Pietermaritzburg: University of KwaZulu-Natal Press: 91-114.

2008. "Awfully Pretty: Female Embodiment in Dis-Location/Re-location." In: Law-Viljoen, B (ed.) Dis-Location/Re-location: Exploring Alienation and Identity in South Africa. Johannesburg: David Krut Publishing: 49-58.

2008. "Indigenous Gardening, Belonging, and Bewilderment: On Becoming South African." In: Chapman, M and Robert E Young (eds). Postcolonialism: South/African Perspectives. Oxford: Oxford Scholars Publishing: 40-60.

2006. "En fuite, on foot, in thought: Making the Metropolis Elusive." Current Writing 17(2): 102-124.

2005.  "Working for Water's 'Alien Busters': Material and metaphoric campaigns against 'alien invaders'." Critical Arts: a Journal of South-North Cultural Studies. 19(1 & 2): 127-149.

2005. "Some Very Nervous Conditions: Culture and Commodity in Tsitsi Dangarembga's Novel". Journal of the African Literature Association: 97-114.

2002. "Ideas en Route: Texts, Travel, Tourism". Current Writing 14(1): i-xx.

1998. "An Academic Milling Around the Mall." Critical Arts 11(1 & 2):153-176.


                LITERARY AWARDS: (for Small Moving Parts  [novel], and Shifting [poetry])

2013 Winner UKZN Book Prize (Open Category)

2010 Winner of the M-Net Literary Award for Best Novel in English

2010 Winner of the Herman Charles Bosman Prize for Best Publication Media 24

2010 Short-listed: University of Johannesburg Prize for Creative Writing

2010 Short-listed: Sunday Times Fiction Prize

2009 Nominated as a Sunday Independent 'Book of the Year 2009'


1991 Sanlam Award for Literature (poetry)

1989 Winner Arthur Nortje/Vita Award (poetry)


Selected Published Creative Writing

·         2012. “Terms & Conditions Apply”. AfroSciFi.  (Ed Ivor Hartmann)

(short story)

·         2012. “Dream City”. English Studies in Africa 55(1): 126 – 134.

(short story)


·         2011. “Turtles”. Africa Inside Out. Ed  Bregin and Chapman. Pmb: UKZN Press. (short story)


·         2009. Small Moving Parts (2009/2010. Cape Town: Kwela.   

(experimental novel)

·         2006 open season. HardPressd, Durban.

(poetry collection)


·         1992. Shifting. Carrefour Press, Cape Town)

(poetry collection)



Cities in Flux: South African Cities, Literature and Place: June December 2012; staff/student exchanges and conference participation with the University of Basel, Switzerland. Invited keynote participant in the Basel conference.

Dis/Location Re/Location . (2008  – 2009). Research group and publication cluster on artist Leora Farber’s travelling  installation/exhibition. 

Premonitions: (2007 – 8) Epic poem to accompany dance choreography and videography for a creative project with the Flatfoot Dance Company. (Premiered at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre in May 2007. Subsequently selected for the 2008 Vita Dance Umbrella.) 

Circumstanzas. (2006). Assemblage of hand-made containers exploring the materiality of poetry as found object/crafted artefact, narrative/image. Exhibited in the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre precinct as part of Poetry Africa.

The Postcolonial Project (2006 – 2008) NRF publication project co-directed by southern African literature scholar Michael Chapman (UKZN) and Robert Young (New York University).



·         the experimental eco-novel (cum laude)

·         the poetry of Ingrid de Kok (cum laude)

·         gender, genre and Margie Orford’s krimi novels (cum laude)

·         the short fiction of Mbulelo Mzamane

·         the novels of Zakes Mda (MA summa cum laude)

·         the poetry of Indian diaspora (MA cum laude)

·         Sylvia Plath and ‘IMAX authorship’ (MA summa cum laude)

·         Gender and Diaspora in the Poetry of Meena Alexander (MA summa cum laude

·         the Short Story Cycle: Writing Durban as/and Regional Identity (MA results pending)

·         Experimental South African fiction and history (MA results pending)