MA (cum laude University of Natal), PhD (UND): Professor
RESEARCH AND TEACHING INTERESTS
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)
· 2012. Dream City. English Studies in Africa 55(1): 126 134.
· 2011. Turtles. Africa Inside Out. Ed Bregin and Chapman. Pmb: UKZN Press. (short story)
· 2009. Small Moving Parts (2009/2010. Cape Town: Kwela.
· 2006 open season. HardPressd, Durban.
· 1992. Shifting. Carrefour Press, Cape Town)
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 Farbers 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 Orfords 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)