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  • The representations of Sojourner Truth in The Narrative of Sojourner Truth 

    Salie, Shazia (University of the Western Cape, 2020)
    I read representations of Sojourner Truth in her Spiritual Narrative, The Narrative of Sojourner Truth with a focus on the portrayal of her unconventional character, through a close analysis of language, structure, photographs ...
  • The price of liberty: A collection of poems and prose that explore the interplay between freedom and sacrifice 

    Schmidt, David (University of Western cape, 2020)
    The Price of Liberty: A collection of poems and prose that explores the interplay between freedom and sacrifice. David Schmidt This mini-thesis explores the interplay between concepts of freedom and sacrifice. It comprises ...
  • Music memoir as an evocation of cultural legacy: The Zayn Adam story 

    Jegels, Llewellin RG (University of the Western Cape, 2019)
    Musicians of colour are under-represented in the South African archive, in part due to the ravages of apartheid and the lack of resources to chronicle their trajectories outside of the production of their music alone. In ...
  • Eros and politics: Love and its discontents in the fiction of Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o 

    Annin, Felicia (University of the Western Cape, 2020)
    In this study I focus on how Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o’s fiction portrays his socio-political vision through the prevalence of the intimate relationships it displays. The study critically analyses the significant role romantic ...
  • Under the Hibiscus: An eco-critical reading of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s postcolonial novels 

    Khumalo, Sibongile (University of the Western Cape, 2019)
    literature, music and culture”. As this statement suggests, ecocriticism is concerned with more than the representation of environmental questions in literature. It provides a way of examining the intersections and ...
  • The jewelled net: Towards a Southern African theory/ practice of environmental literacy 

    Martin, Julia (University of the Western Cape, 1999)
    This thesis suggests that there is an urgent need for academic work in literary and cultural studies to become more responsive to the contemporary eco-social crisis of environment and development. Questioning the ...
  • An exploration of reader response to and social identification with Grade 12 prescribed poetry 

    Kamaldien, Naeelah (University of the Western Cape, 2019)
    The thesis offers insight into English literature studies as taught at high school level to Grade 12 learners, employing Louise Rosenblatt’s reader response theory to explore and understand their encounter and engagement ...
  • A cloud in her eye 

    Jacobs, Jonathan (University of the Western Cape, 2018)
    Rae and her sister, Alina, are young women who have travelled from Australia to visit their aunt, Trudy, in Ireland. Rae’s suspicions that something is amiss with the arrangement are confirmed when they discover that ...
  • Bab’aba - Ugly short stories 

    Nxadi, Julie Ruth Sikelwa (University of the Western Cape, 2018)
    Bab’aba - Ugly Short Stories is a collection of vignettes whose function is to colour and collage three portraits of Black women characters; namely, a rural woman (Nozikhali), a township teenager (Zola), and a child/baby ...
  • Townships, shacks and suburbs: An original collection of poems 

    Khanyile, Musawenkosi Christopher (University of the Western Cape, 2018)
    My creative writing full master’s thesis, entitled Townships, Shacks and Suburbs, is a collection of poems that explores the role played by place in shaping identity. Poems in this collection seek to examine the interplay ...
  • Of flowers and tears 

    Rodkin, Hayley Amanda (University of Western Cape, 2018)
    The collection of ten short stories, Of Flowers and Tears, aims to capture the events that have shaped my life, impacted on my community. It hopefully gives a voice to topics such as mental trauma, sibling strife, abortion, ...
  • Place, space and patriarchal femininities in selected contemporary novels by African women writers 

    Steenkamp, Lize-Maree (University of the Western Cape, 2019)
    In much feminist literature, women’s spaces are analysed as constructive and supportive sites that may offer respite from patriarchy. However, women’s spaces are not inherently emancipatory. Through the socio-spatial ...
  • The post-genocidal condition: Ghosts of genocide, genocidal violence, and representation 

    Van Der Rede, Lauren (University of the Western Cape, 2018)
    As a literary intervention, The Post-Genocidal Condition: Ghosts of Genocide, Genocidal Violence, and Representation is situated at the intersection of genocide studies, psychoanalysis, and literature so as to enable a ...
  • The wedding interviews: A novella 

    Gabier, Muhammad Saaligh (University of the Western Cape, 2015)
    It’s quite simple really. During these interviews you get to talk about anything you like. I’ll ask questions here and there to help the story along. Just be honest and try to forget about the camera. We’ll use the interview ...
  • What lies 

    Cornelius, Jerome (University of the Western Cape, 2014)
    His brown hands, tanned darker than they already were from hours of supervising men shoveling sand and mixing concrete on building sites, gripped the steering wheel. Hendrick Vermeulen drove down Voortrekker Road after ...
  • Let’s go home: Stories and portraits 

    Phillips, Jolyn (University of the Western Cape, 2014)
    Let's Go Home encompasses thirteen short stories inspired by the Coloured fishing community of Blompark in Gansbaai. These stories embody a range of voices and perspectives, some contemporary, some set in the past thirty ...
  • The marginal grey: A collection of short stories 

    Douman, Bronwyn (University of the Western Cape, 2015)
    A Collection of Short Stories.
  • Aspects of narration and voice in Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God 

    Vass, Verity (The University of the Western Cape, 2017)
    Zora Neale Hurston is a significant figure in American fiction and is strongly associated with the Harlem Renaissance, the period noted for the emergence of literature by people of African-American descent. Hurston worked ...
  • I am not a colour: A novella 

    Gcwadi, Madoda (University of the Western Cape, 2018)
    Nobathembu lifts her hand and waves at her neighbour. She is watering spinach in her garden with a jug from a bucket. At age sixty-nine, her beauty shines. The sun is high on the echoes of Nyanga village – echoes of ...
  • Visual trauma: Representations of African bodies in the 1983 Contre Apartheid Exhibition 

    Petersen, Charlise (University of the Western Cape, 2018)
    After the 1976 student uprising, South Africa entered a period of increased violent state repression. The struggle against apartheid also became increasingly globalised, as can be seen in the UN resolution and the rise ...

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