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Department of English Staff G Musila
Prof  Grace A. MusilaProf Grace A. Musila

MA African Literature, DLitt African Literature (WITS)


Associate Professor


Postcolonial literatures
African literatures and popular cultures
East African fiction and popular media
Gender studies
Film studies
Literatures of the black Diaspora. 


Eastern and Southern African literary and cultural studies
African encounters with modernity
Masculinities, femininities and power in Africa
Power and the postcolonial state in Africa
Postcolonial Whiteness in Africa
African Intellectual Traditions and the Literary Archive




Theme leader (2012): Transitions and Translations: Africa in the Global Imaginary


Founding Convenor: Locutions and Locations Lecture and Seminar Series (www.sun.ac.za/lectureseries)


Book reviews Editor:  Imbizo: Journal of African Literary and Comparative Studies (UNISA PRESS)


Co-editor - Eskia Continued (2005)


Bibliographer:  Journal of Commonwealth Literature


Group leader:  African Intellectual Traditions Reading Group


Group Leader: Eastern African and Indian Ocean Studies Reading Group





Rethinking Eastern African Literary and Intellectual Archives (eds. James Ogude, Grace A. Musila and Dina Ligaga. Trenton, NJ: Africa World Press, 2012).



Forthcoming: 'Writing History's Silences: Interview with Parselelo Kantai' Kunapipi: Journal of Postcolonial Writing.

Forthcoming: 'Britain, Kenya and a Murder Mystery: Complicities in the Julie Ward Case' Kunapipi: Journal of Postcolonial Writing.


'Familial cartographies in contemporary East African short stories', Journal of African Cultural Studies, vol.25, no.3, (2013)  pp.349-363.


'Bibliography of East and Central African Literature 2011' Journal of Commonwealth Literature Vol. 46.4 (2012): 97-107.

'African Humanities and the Global Academy: A Reflection on the North-South Intellectual Landscape' Africa Insight Vol. 41.2 (2011):1-14.

'Bibliography of East and Central African Literature 2010' Journal of Commonwealth Literature Vol. 46.4 (2011):611-623

'Bibliography of East and Central African Literature 2009' Journal of Commonwealth Literature Vol. 45.4 (2010):553-568

'The Redykyulass Generation's Intellectual Interventions in Kenyan Public Life Young: Nordic Journal of Youth Vol 18.3(2010): 279-299.
'Phallocracies and Gynocratic Transgressions: Gender, State Power and Kenyan Public life' Africa Insight Vol. 39.1(2009): 39-57.

'Inscribing Memories on Dead Bodies: Sex Gender and State Power in the Julie Ward Death in Kenya'. Journal of Eastern African Studies Vol. 2.3(2008): 439-455.

Bibliography of East and Central African Literature 2007 Journal of Commonwealth Literature Vol. 43.4 (2008):75 -88

'Between Wildebeest, Noble Savages and Moi's Kenya: Deceit and Cultural Illiteracies in the Quest for Julie Ward's Killers' Journal of Commonwealth Literature Vol. 43.1(2008): 115-133

'Remapping Urban Modernities: Julie Ward's Death and the Kenyan Grapevine'.  Journal of Postcolonial Writing Vol. 44.1 (2008):37-47

'Between Seventh Street, Goblins and Ordinary People: Textures of Resilience in Brian Chikwava's Short Fiction'. English Studies in Africa. Vol. 50.2 (2007):133-150

'Embodying Experience and Agency in Yvonne Vera's Without a Name and Butterfly Burning'. Research in African Literatures Vol. 38.2 (2007):49-63

'Bibliography of East and Central African Literature 2004-2005'. Journal of Commonwealth Literature Vol.41.4 (2006):73-88.

'Age, Power and Sex in Modern Kenya: A Tale of Two Marriages'. Social Identities Vol. 11.2 (2005):113-129


"Beyond the Frame of History: Colonial Modernity, Love and Freedom in Yvonne Vera's Without a Name, Butterfly Burning and The Stone Virgins" in Emerging Perspectives on Yvonne Vera ed. Pauline Hodgson-Katiyo and Helen Cousins, Africa World Press, 2012.

"Subterranean Faultlines: Representations of Robert Mugabe in South African Press Cartoons" [with Dumisani Moyo] in Hidden Dimensions of the Zimbabwean Crisis eds. Sarah Chiumbu and Mucha Musemwa, HSRC Press, 2012.


"Violent Masculinities and the Phallocratic Aesthetics of Power in Kenya" in The New Violent Cartography eds. Samson Opondo and Michael Shapiro, Routledge, 2012.


"Farms in Africa: Wildlife Tourism, Conservation and Whiteness in Postcolonial Kenya" in Rethinking Eastern African Literary and Intellectual Landscapes eds. James Ogude, Grace A. Musila and Dina Ligaga, Trenton, N.J: Africa World Press, 2012, p223-244.


"'A Man Can Try': Negotiating Manhoods in Colonial Urban Spaces in Dambudzo Marechera's House of Hunger and Yvonne Vera's Butterfly Burning".  Manning the Nation:  Father figures in Zimbabwean Literature and Society. Eds. Robert Muponde and Kizito Muchemwa, Harare: Weaver Press, 2007, p142-15

"Representations of Africa in the Western Imagination: Out of Africa (1985) and The Constant Gardener (2005)" Towards Africa-Oriented Risk Analysis: Africa Institute of South Africa: Pretoria, 2008.

"'Democrazy': Laughter in GADO's Editorial Cartoons 1992 -1999: In Urban Legends, Colonial Myths: Popular Culture and Literature in East Africa Eds. James Ogude and Joyce Nyairo, New Jersey, Trenton:  Africa World Press, 2007 p 97-124

"Women in the Arts in Kenya +21 Nairobi" in Promises and Realities: Taking Stock of the 3rd UN International Women's Conference ed Sara Ruto et al, Nairobi: African Woman and Child Feature, 2009 p147-174

"Remapping Urban Modernities: Julie Ward's Death and the Kenyan Grapevine" in African City Textualities ed. Ranka Primorac, New York: Routledge, 2009 p39-50

Forthcoming: "Archives of the present in Parselelo Kantai's Writing" in Popular Arts and the Episteme of the Everyday eds. Stephanie Newell and Onookome Okome.

Forthcoming: "Laughing at the Rainbow's Cracks? Blackness, Whiteness and the Ambivalences of South African Stand-up Comedy" in Arts of Resistance eds. Wendy Willlems and Ebenezer Obadare.

Forthcoming: "Mothers, Widows and the Burden of Representation: The Life Stories of Wambui Waiyaki-Otieno and Winnie Madikizela-Mandela" in Regarding Winnie: Feminism, Race and Nation in Global Representations of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela ed. Pumla Dineo Gqola

Forthcoming: 'Voicing the Cracks: Yvonne Vera's Butterfly Burning and Without a Name'. in Writing African Women Ed. Heike Becker, Desiree Lewis and Signe Arnfred, Nordic Africa Institute.

Forthcoming: 'Familial Cartographies and Gendered Imaginings in the Contemporary East African Short Story in Memories of Home: Generations and Genealogies in African Writing ed Yianna Liatsos Africa World Press,


Reviews and Tributes

"Gossiping with Nkrumah in Accra"  Voices of Africa e-zine. http://voicesofafrica.co.za/gossiping-with-nkrumah-in-accra/

'Old Stereotypes, New Robes: The Constant Gardener'.  Jahazi: Journal of Arts Culture and Performance Vol. 1.2 (2007):37-38

'An Invitation to Imagine Africa Otherwise: Imagine Africa' [Review] http://slipnet.co.za/view/reviews/an-invitation-to-imagine-africa-otherwise [2011].

'Soundtracks of our Youth: How (Not) to Remember Wambui Waiyaki-Otieno' Pambazuka News http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/76623 [2011].





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