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Prof. Dr. Bhekizizwe Peterson

Bhekizizwe Peterson is Professor of African Literature at the University of the Witwatersrand. He is currently the Head of the Department of African Literature and he has been a member of numerous Faculty and University Committees since 1990. He has served on various editorial, statutory and artistic committees, juries and boards across the continent. He has held invited Fellowships at Yale University and Birmingham University (U.K). He has published extensively on African Literature, Performance and Cultural Studies as well as Black Intellectual Traditions in South Africa.

Selected Publications

  • Peterson, Bhekizizwe (2012). “Dignity, Memory and the Future under Siege: Nation-building and Reconciliation in the new South Africa.” New Violent Cartographies: Geo-Analysis After the Aesthetic Turn. Ed. Samson K.O. Opondo and Michael J. Shapiro. London: Routledge. 214-33.
  • Peterson, Bhekizizwe (2011). “The Language Question in Africa.” The Cambridge History of Postcolonial Literature. Ed. Ato Quayson. Cambridge: CUP. 681-702.
  • Peterson, Bhekizizwe (2000). Monarchs, Missionaries and African Intellectuals: African Theatre and the Unmaking of Colonial Marginality. Johannesburg: Wits UP and New York: Africa World Press.
  • Peterson, Bhekizizwe, and Ramadan Suleman (2009). Zulu Love Letter. Johannesburg: Wits UP.
  • Peterson, Bhekizizwe, Benjy Francis, and Essop Patel (1985). Fragments in the Sun: Poems and Performance Text. Johannesburg: Afrika Cultural Centre.
    (Text received an honorary mention in the Noma Award for publishing in Africa.)