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Staff Profile

Professor Bhekizizwe Peterson

Position PROFESSOR
QualificationsPhD, MA, BAHons, BA
Phone 0117174143
Email Bhekizizwe.Peterson@wits.ac.za
Organisational Unit African Literature

B rief Professional History

Bhekizizwe Peterson is Professor and Head of African Literature. His research interests include African literature, performance, film and popular culture; Southern African literary studies; black intellectual traditions and transnationalism; and studies of the black diaspora. Peterson joined the Department of African Literature in 1995 as a Senior Lecturer. Between 1997 and 2000, he was Head of the Department and in 2000, he was promoted to Associate Professor.

Teaching and Supervision

With Ramadan Suleman Zulu Love Letter: A Screenplay (Johannesburg: University of the Witwatersrand Press, 2009)

Zwelidumile (co-written and produced with Ramadan Suleman), Natives At Large, 2010.

“The Language Question in Africa” in Ato Quayson (ed) The Cambridge History of Postcolonial Literature (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012)

“Black Writers and the Historical Novel: 1910-1948” in David Attridge and David Atwell (eds) The Cambridge History of South African Literature (Cambridge University Press, 2012”

“Dignity, memory and the future under siege: Reconciliation and nation-building in post-apartheid South Africa” in Michael J. Shapiro and Samson Opondo (eds) The New Violent Cartography: Geo-Analysis after the Aesthetic Turn” (London: Routledge, 2012)

Selected Publications

Peterson, B. & Suleman, R. (2009). Zulu Love Letter: A Screenplay (Johannesburg: University of the Witwatersrand Press.

Peterson, B. & Suleman, R. (2010).Zwelidumile, Natives At Large, 2010.

Peterson, B. “The Language Question in Africa” in Ato Quayson (ed) The Cambridge History of Postcolonial Literature, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Peterson, B. (2012).“Black Writers and the Historical Novel: 1910-1948” in David Attridge and David Atwell (eds) The Cambridge History of South African Literature , Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Peterson, B. & Suleman, R. (2012). "Dignity, memory and the future under siege: Reconciliation and nation-building in post-apartheid South Africa” in Michael J. Shapiro and Samson Opondo (eds) The New Violent Cartography: Geo-Analysis after the Aesthetic Turn” , London: Routledge.

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