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Associate Professor
Name: Sikhumbuzo Mngadi
Location: B Ring 720 Auckland Park Kingsway Campus
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Tel: +27 (0) 11 559 4631


About Prof. Sikhumbuzo Mngadi


BA, BA Hons., MA (UDW); PhD (UKZN)

Teaching and Research Interests

Prof Sikhumbuzo Mngadi’s interests are literary and cultural theory, South African literature and visual culture.


  1. 2022: “Situating Sibusiso Nyembezi in African Literature”. Foundational African Writers. Johannesburg: Wits University Press
  1. 2017: “Ghetto Fabulous’: Township Space and the Representation of Post-Apartheid Black Male Youth Violence in Yizo Yizo 1.” Gender & Behaviour 15 (2)
  1. 2015: “The Cultural Politics of Adaptation: Fools and the Politics of Gender.” Journal of African Cinemas, Vol. 7, No. 1.
  1. 2012: “Exile and Earthly Paradise: Counter-critique and the Debts of Race in Lewis Nkosi.” English in Africa, Vol. 39, No. 3.
  1. 2008: “Mandela’s Ego: A ‘Cock’ and ‘Bull’ Story.” Alternation, Vol. 15, No. 2.
  1. 2005: “Some Thoughts on Black Homosexualities in South African Writing.” English in Africa, Vol. 32, No. 2.
  1. 2005: “Hostage Drama: The Rhythm of Violence and Some Comments on “The Black Psychiatrist.” Still Beating the Drum: Critical Perspectives on Lewis Nkosi. Amsterdam & New York: Rodopi
  1. 2004: “Reconsidering the Copula, “and,” in Literature and Politics, and Some Thoughts on ‘progressive formalism’”. Alternation, Vol. 11, No. 1.
  1. 2004: “Reading the Unpublished, or, ‘the university in the eyes of its pupils’”. Alternation, Vol. 11, No. 1.
  1. 2001 (with Tamlyn Monson): “Nationalism and Feminism: McClintock’s Reading of South Africa.” Alternation, Vol. 8, No. 2.
  1. 2000: “Interview.” Senses of Culture, eds. Nuttall, Sarah & Cheryl-Ann Michael. South Africa: Oxford University Press
  1. 1999: “Rereading and Resistance.” republished in SIRS Mandarin, Renaissance series, Florida
  1. 1998: “Rereading and Resistance,” published in Afterimage: A Publication of the Visual Studies Workshop, Vol. 26, No. 3, New York: Rochester University
  1. 1997: “‘Africanization’, Or, The New Exoticism.” Scrutiny 2, Vol. 2, No. 3.
  1. 1996: “The Politics of Historical Representation in the Context of Global Capitalism.” Rethinking South African Literary History. Durban: Y- Press
  1. 1996: “The Antinomies and Possibilities of ‘Radical’ Historical Consciousness: The Case of Three South African Playtexts in English.” Alternation, Vol. 3, No. 1.
  1. 1996: “Disciplines and Issues, Or Disciplined Issues? Centre for the Study of Southern African Literature and Languages Conference, 13-16 September 1995, Durban.” Scrutiny 2, Vol. 1
  1. 1995: “‘Popular Memory’ and Social Change in South African Drama of the Seventies in English: The Case of Credo Mutwa’s Unosilimela.” Alternation, Vol. 1, No. 1.
  1. 1995: “Reading in a State of Emergence: The Rhetoric of Cultural Transformation and the Post-Colonial-post-apartheid Condition.” Alternation, Vol. 2, No. 1.


  1. 2009: “The Orange Revolution.” A Review of James Currey’s Africa Writes Back (2008). Africa Review of Books/Revue Africaine des Livres, Vol. 5, No. 1
  1. 2013: “The Struggle to Know a Dark Mind.” A Review of Redi Thlabi’s Endings and Beginnings (2012). The Sunday Independent, April 14, 2013