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School of English and Drama

Leana van der Merwe


Against interpretation: Feminist figurations in South African women’s fiction and contemporary visual art.



My research looks at texts (both literary and visual), by South African women, that can be described as both postcolonial and feminist. The focus of my research is a comparative and affective reading of these texts, through a consideration of a selection of themes or tropes which are identified in the selected texts. This is done within a framework of multiplicity and hybridity identified in the postcolonial settings in which these women find themselves, whilst simultaneously considering the complex intersection of race, class and gender in these contexts.


I am a full time lecturer in Art History at the University of South Africa in Pretoria, where I teach various art history modules to undergraduates and supervise MVA as well as MA (Art History) students



Prof Andrew van der Vlies