Interrogating Blackness, Locating ‘Africanness’: Call-and-Response in the Works of Toni Morrison and Zoë Wicomb, NoViolet Bulawayo, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Taiye Selasi
STIAS Iso Lomso Fellowship, 2018–19
Aretha Phiri is a senior lecturer in the Department of Literary Studies in English at Rhodes University and received her Ph.D. in English literature from the University of Edinburgh in 2014. Originally from Zimbabwe, Aretha’s proposed project will consider the literary works of African authors Zoë Wicomb, NoViolet Bulawayo, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Taiye Selasi in response to African-American author Toni Morrison’s concerns around blackness. In a particularly feminist reading, the aim of her project is to reflect more nuanced and sophisticated versions of African subjectivity, as well as more inclusive and expansive global visions of blackness.
- Phiri, Aretha. “Expanding Black Subjectivities in Toni Morrison’s Song of Solomon and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah.” Cultural Studies Journal 31, no. 1 (2017): 121-42.
- Phiri, Aretha. “‘Lost in Translation’: Re-reading the Contemporary Afrodiasporic Condition in Taiye Selasi’s Ghana Must Go.” European Journal of English Studies 21, no.2 (2017): 144-58.
- Phiri, Aretha.“Queer Subjectivities in Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s ‘On Monday of Last Week’ and J. M. Coetzee’s Disgrace.” Agenda Journal 29, no. 1 (2015): 155-63.
- Phiri, Aretha, and Maja Milatovic. “Dis(re)membering bodies: Disability and Self-Constitution in Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye and Octavia Butler’s Kindred.” In Assembling Identities, edited by Sam Wiseman, 131-43. Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholars, 2015.
- Phiri, Aretha. “Intimate Subject(ivitie)s: Race, Gender and Violence in Toni Morrison’s Beloved.” In Critical Insights: Violence in Literature, edited by Stacey Peebles, 136-52. Ipswich, MA: Salem Press, 2014.
- Phiri, Aretha. “Kopano Matlwa’s Coconut and the Dialectics of Race in South Africa: Interrogating Images of Whiteness and Blackness in Black Literature and Culture.” In On Whiteness, edited by Nicky Falkof and Oliver Cashman-Brown, 105-11. Freeland, UK: Inter-Disciplinary Press, 2012.