Priya Narismulu

Priya Narismulu

Research Interests:

  • Writing that addresses the apartheid landscape: the politics of home and dislocation,
  • Anti-apartheid resistance literature,
  • The genres of oral literature, poetry, and the short story,
  • The medium of English: questions of power and representation.


1. ‘South African Resistance Literature: Re-membering the Past and the Future’. In Williams, Merle (ed). 2005. Proceedings of the ICLA 2000 Congress:130-137. 2006.

2.’How real is HIV/AIDS to me?’ (25 short essays) 2005. ISBN 0-947445-60-9. 32 pages.

3. ‘Language and changing contexts’ Alternation 11.2. 2004:1-9. (joint author with M Ramsay-Brijball). SAPSE.

4. ‘”It’s a matter of trust”: young people in South Africa and the discourse of HIV/AIDS prevention’. Alternation 11.2. 2004: 454-473. SAPSE

5. ‘Dennis Brutus: Global Troubadour’. Illuminations: An International Magazine of Contemporary Writing. No. 20 August 2004:47 ISSN 0736-4725.

6. ‘HIV/AIDS and agency: challenging silence and death.’ 21st World Congress of the World Federation of Modern Language Associations. RAU, 2003. CD ROM ed. Anna Coetzee: 2004.

7. ‘Examining the undisclosed margins: postcolonial intellectuals and subaltern voices’. Cultural Studies. 2003:17.1:56-84. ISI and SAPSE accredited.

8. Review of Margaret Daymond et al eds. Women Writing Africa: The Southern Region. Feminist Africa 2, 2003. 2150 words

9. ‘On the fringes of democracy: women’s participation in the community life of urban informal settlements’. Participation, Globalisation & Culture. Eds. G. Szell, D. Chetty and A Chouraqui. Oxford: Peter Lang. 2002:270-284. SAPSE accredited

10. ‘Access & audience: the opportunities in publishing on the web’. The Second Annual Conference on Women in Writing, 2003. ed. Tembeka Mbobo, 2002: 37-40.

11. ‘Hybridity and the popular-democratic character of South African resistance literature’. Interlitteraria 6. 2001:105-121. SAPSE

12. ‘How South African women shack residents try to influence change and economic improvements in their lives’. Women in Leadership: Selected Conference Papers 1998-2000. Eds. A Kinnear and L Green. 212-217 2001. SAPSE

13. Review of Home by Karen Press in New Coin vol 37.2, 2001:95-102. SAPSE

14. ‘”Our strength comes from poisoned wells”: the literature of self-criticism in the South African resistance struggle’. Journal of Language and Popular Culture in Africa. 1.1. 2001. 10 840 words. SAPSE

15. ‘Developing curriculum and audience: the case of the module Language and Power’. Perspectives in Education. Vol 19.2. 2001:49-66. SAPSE

’16. The challenge of language management in higher education.’ Monograph with A Geyser and M Ramsay-Brijball. UDW, 2001. ISBN 0-947445-49-8. 13 pages.

17. “’What about the audience?’: silences in Voicing the Text”. Alternation 7.1. 2000:210-232. SAPSE

18. ‘Stories of life in Impolweni’. Agenda 45, 2000:22-26. SAPSE

19. ‘”Unlearning privilege”: challenging constructions of gender and AIDS in class’. Agenda 41. 1999:71-78. SAPSE

20. ‘Addressing some of the challenges of English language educators in South Africa’. In International Trends in Teacher Education: Policy, Politics and Practice. Eds. M Samuel, J. Perumal, R Dhunpath, J Jansen and K Lewin. 1999:346-351. SAPSE

21. ‘Towards theorising the (democratically) popular for the study of contemporary South African literature in English’. In The Dancing Dwarf from the Land of Spirits. Ed. JA Smit. Durban: CSSALL. 1999: 227-252. SAPSE

22. ‘Labour and South African literature in the 1980s’. Alternation 5.2 1998:282-319. SAPSE

23. ‘”Here be dragons”: challenging “liberal” constructions of protest poetry’. Alternation 5.1 1998:191-214. SAPSE

24. ‘Douglas Livingstone’s poems: expressions of an understanding of one’s reality’. AUETSA Papers. Association of University English Teachers of Southern Africa. 1986: vol 2:296-316. (unaware of this until the National English Literary Museum informed me of it in 2003; there may also be other conference papers that were published, see list below).

In press (forthcoming publications):

1. ‘”Patience has its limits”: history and progress in the lives of South African women shack dwellers.’ Writing, Gender, Race and Diaspora  Ed. Obioma Nnaemeka, Greenwood.

2. ‘”On the road again”: women, resistance & reconstruction in Zimbabwe and South Africa’.Transnational Transgressions:African Women, Struggle and Transformation in Global Perspective. Eds B Kuumba and M White. Africa World Press.

3. ‘Changing the subject of resistance: South African women’s voices in poetry and testimony’. Women’s Studies.

4. ‘Retrieved root nimble as a dream’: the impact of history and context on resistance literature. AUETSA/SACLALS/SAVAL Conference.

5. Constructions of home in the literature of resistance against apartheid. AUETSA.


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