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State of Peril CoverState of Peril: Race and Rape in South African Literature, Oxford University Press, 2012.

This monograph demonstrates how, despite the fact that most incidents of rape in South Africa are not interracial, narratives of interracial rape have (until very recently) dominated the national imaginary. Seeking to understand this phenomenon, the study draws on Michel Foucault's ideas about sexuality and biopolitics, as well as Judith Butler's speculations on race and cultural melancholia. Historical analysis of the body politic provides the backdrop for close readings of literature by Olive Schreiner, Sol Plaatje, Sarah Gertrude Millin, Njabulo Ndebele, J.M. Coetzee, Zoë Wicomb and others.

Ultimately, State of Peril argues for ethically responsible interpretations that recognize high levels of sexual violence in South Africa while parsing the racialized inferences and assumptions implicit in literary representations of bodily violation.

Reviews:
"This is a highly original, stimulating, and intelligent book that breaks new ground in literary-cultural studies of South Africa." --Laura Chrisman, author of Rereading the Imperial Romance: British Imperialism and South African Resistance in Haggard, Schreiner, and Plaatje.

"State of Peril offers a radical alternative history of South African literature, showing the degree to which its imaginative core has been consistently engaged with issues of race and gender violence." --Robert J.C. Young, author of Colonial Desire: Hybridity in Theory, Culture and Race.

"The readings of Olive Schreiner's Trooper Peter Halket of Mashonaland (1897), Daphne Rooke's Mittee (1952), Arthur Maimane's Victims (1976), and J. M. Coetzee's Disgrace (1999) are particularly good...Highly recommended." --Choice

See Also:

Review of State of Peril in Africa: Journal of the International African Institute, 84.4 (2014)

Review of State of Peril in Safundi: The Journal of South African and American Studies, 14.4 (2013)


Review of State of Peril in Journal of Postcolonial Writing 50.2 (2014)

"Survival Beyond Abuse?", Review of State of Peril in Journal of Southern African Studies 39.3 (2013

Review of State of Peril in Agenda: Empowering Women for Gender Equity 27.1 (2013)

"Melanie and Lucy" , Review of State of Peril in Times Literary Supplement (TLS), February 8 2013, No. 5732

Sean O'Toole, "Figuring Brutality", February 19, 2013

ARTICLES IN PEER-REVIEWED JOURNALS


"Olive Schreiner and Rhodes Must Fall", Bulletin of the National Library of South Africa, December 2016.

Introduction, as guest editor, special issue on "South Africa After Two Decades of Democracy", Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies, Vol. 18 Issue 6, 2016. 
 

"Representing Marikana", Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies, Vol 18. Issue 6, 2016.


"'Then you are a man, my son': Kipling and the Zuma rape trial",
Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East (Duke University), Vol. 36. No. 2, 2016. 

"'We used to work together': Life & Times of a Caretaker in Sea Point", Bulletin of the National Library of South Africa, July 2016.

"'A Strange Antipathy': Elsa Joubert and 'Poppie Nongena'", Bulletin of the National Library of South Africa, December 2014.

"'Bucks Without Hair' and 'Bullet Points': Social and Metacommentary in Justin Cartwright's In Every Face I Meet", (co-author: Andrea Buchanan), Journal of Commonwealth Literature, March 2014, vol.49. no. 1 47-62.

"The Importance of Confronting a Colonial, Patriarchal and Racist Past in Addressing Post-apartheid Sexual Violence"African Safety Promotion, Volume 11, No. 2, December 2013.


"The 'Great Coloured Question' and the Cosmopolitan: Fiction, History and Politics in David's Story" (co-author: Hugh W. Macmillan), SAFUNDI: The Journal of American and South African Studies, Special Issue on "Zoë Wicomb: The Cape and the Cosmopolitan", 12.3&4 (2011): 331-347.

 "Amakwerekwere and Other Aliens: District 9 and Hospitality," District 9: A Roundtable, SAFUNDI: The Journal of American and South African Studies 11.1 (2010): 155-175.

"Consequential Changes': Daphne Rooke's Mittee in America and South Africa", SAFUNDI: The Journal of American and South African Studies 10.1 (2009): 43-58.

"Reimagining the Cave: Gender, Land and Imperialism in Olive Schreiner's Trooper Peter Halket of Mashonaland," English Studies in Africa 50.1 (2007): 25-40.

"Reading the Unspeakable: Rape in J.M. Coetzee's Disgrace", Journal of Southern African Studies 29.2 (2003): 433-444.

"A Hidden Side to the Story": Reading Rape in Recent South African Literature", Journal of Post-Colonial Writing 24.1&2 (2002): 9-24.

"Yes, I Am Giving Him Up": Sacrificial Responsibility in J.M. Coetzee's Disgrace", Scrutiny2 7.2 (2002): 4-15.

CHAPTERS IN BOOKS


"Rereading Mating Birds", forthcoming in Festschrift for Lewis Nkosi, ed. Astrid Starke, December 2016. 

"'Consequential Changes': Daphne Rooke's Mittee in America and South Africa", Print, Text and Book Cultures in South Africa, ed. Andrew van der Vlies, Wits University Press, 2012. 

"Textual Transvestism: The Female Voices of J.M. Coetzee", J.M. Coetzee: The Ethics of Intellectual Practice, ed. Jane Poyner, Ohio University Press, 2006.

"'Bathing Area - for Whites Only' : Reading Prohibitive Signs and "Black Peril" in Mating Birds", Still Beating the Drum: Critical Perspectives on Lewis Nkosi, ed. Lindy Stiebel, Rodopi, 2005, and Wits University Press, 2006.

"Reading the Unspeakable: Rape in J.M. Coetzee's Disgrace", Versions/ Subversions Conference on African Literature, Berlin, Germany, 1-4 May 2002. Published in the conference proceedings. Rodopi 2005.

Lewis Nkosi, World Writers in English, Thomson Gale, 2003.

J.M. Coetzee, World Writers in English, Thomson Gale, 2003.

REVIEWS 


"J.M. Coetzee and his South African Contemporaries", review of Jarad Zimbler, J.M. Coetzee and the Politics of Style (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014) in the Cambridge Quarterly, forthcoming 2016.

Mike Marais, Secretary of the Invisible: The Idea of Hospitality in the Fiction of J. M. Coetzee
(Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2009) in English in Africa 38.3 (Oct 2011), pp. 141-144.

J. M. Coetzee, Inner Workings (Harvill Secker, 2007), in Acta Scientarum: Language and Culture (Universidade Estadual de Mariagá, Brazil), 31:1 (Jan 2009), p. 109 (with Hugh Macmillan).

Harriet A. Washington, Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present (New York: Broadway Books, 2006) in Safundi: Journal of South African and American Studies, 10:2 (2009), pp. 264-5.

Derek Attridge, J. M. Coetzee and the Ethics of Reading (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2004), in Research in African Literatures, 37:4 (Winter 2006), p. 240.

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"Sheets, Feathers and Snow in Alexandre Marine's 'Waiting for the Barbarians'" (2012)

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"No Leafy Suburbs: Report on the Launch of Andrew Brown's Solace" (2012)

http://slipnet.co.za/view/event/no-leafy-suburbs-in-new-andrew-brown-novel/

 

"Karoo Voodoo: A Décor Style" (2011)

http://slipnet.co.za/view/blog/karoo-voodoo/

 

"Hot topic. ... South African Crime Fiction" (2011)

http://slipnet.co.za/view/event/hot-topic-%E2%80%A6-south-african-crime-fiction/

 

"Achille Mbembe: Democracy and the Ethics of Mutuality" (2011)

http://slipnet.co.za/view/event/achille-mbembe-%E2%80%93-democracy-and-the-ethics-of-mutuality-notes-from-the-south-african-experiment/

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