MA (UJ) D.Litt et Phil (Unisa) Post-doctorate (US)
Designation Contract lecturer
Research Interests Life writing Ecocriticism Gender Studies Myth and folklore in contemporary narratives Postcolonial Studies
Teaching Areas Life writing Ecocriticism Mythification and remythification in postmodern short stories 19th century South African literature Transnational Narratives
Publications Books De Villiers, Dawid and Slabbert, Mathilda. David Kramer: a biography. Cape Town: Tafelberg, 2011. [also translated into Afrikaans by Francois Smith]
Articles in peer reviewed journals Slabbert, M. "Animals and nature: mapping storylines and metaphors in David Kramer's narratives". Literator, 32(1), 2011. Slabbert, M and Viljoen, L. "Despair and Restoration: creativity and the author in A.L. Kennedy's Everything You Need". Acta Academica, 40(4), 2008. Slabbert, M and Viljoen, L. "Sustaining the imaginative life: mythology and fantasy in Neil Gaiman's American Gods". Literator, 27(3), 2006.
Chapters in books "'These people are my people, these places are my places': Cultural Hybridity and Identity in the work of South African artist, David Kramer." Locating Life Stories: Beyond East-West Binaries in (Auto)Biographical Studies. Perkins, Maureen. (ed), Centre for Biographical Research, Honolulu, Hawaii Press, 2011. "Inventions and transformation: imagining new world in the stories of Neil Gaiman" in Fairytales Reimagined: Essays on New Retellings. Susan. R. Bobby (ed). Jefferson, North Carolina, and London: McFarland Press. 2009.
Reviews and print articles "Wees in die Węreld" (co-author Dawid de Villiers). POMP. Cape Town: Griffel Media, 2009. A review on Unity Dow’s novel entitled, "A Case for The Heavens May Fall". Litnet, 22 March 2007.
Screen Media Literature researcher for thirteen program television series South Africa: A Country Imagined, produced by Curious Pictures, Auckland Park, Johannesburg and presented by Johnny Clegg (initial screening started on 24th April 2010 at 21h00 on SABC2).