Dr Christopher Warnes, St John's
I was born in Zimbabwe and grew up in South Africa. I studied at the Universities of Cape Town (BA, 1994) and Kwazulu-Natal (MA, 1999) before coming to Cambridge for a PhD (2004) thanks to funding from the Cambridge Commonwealth Trust. I was a lecturer in the English Department at Stellenbosch University from 2004-2006 before taking up my current post. Broadly, I am interested in the theory and practice of studying postcolonial and related literatures, especially those from Africa. Beyond research and teaching, I have contributed to this field in several ways. I was the inaugural chair of the Postcolonial Studies Association, and serve on its Advisory Board. I am on the Editorial Boards of Journal of African Cultural Studies, the Cambridge Centre of African Studies Series (Ohio University Press) and the Literature and Globalisation Series (Continuum). I serve on the Management Board of the Centre of African Studies and in 2010-11 I co-ordinated the Leverhulme/Isaac Newton Trust sponsored Cambridge-Africa Research Collaboration on the theme 'Myth and Modernity in African Literatures'.
African literature; postcolonial studies; the novel; digital culture.
Areas of Graduate Supervision:
I am interested in supervising graduate work on topics related to West or Southern African literatures and cultures. I am always happy to consider innovative proposals on comparative postcolonial topics, revisionary perspectives on the history of the novel, and postcolonial or materialist approaches to digital cultural production.
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· “Writing Crime in the New South Africa: Negotiating Threat in the Novels of Deon Meyer and Margie Orford”. Journal of Southern African Studies, forthcoming, 2013.
· “Desired State: Black Economic Empowerment and the South African Popular Romance.” Popular Culture in Africa: the Episteme of the Everyday. Stephanie Newell and Onookome Okome (eds), forthcoming, Routledge, 2013.
· "Postcolonial Writing in South Africa". The Cambridge History of Postcolonial Literature, ed. Ato Quayson. Cambridge University Press, 2012. 329-351
· "Everyone is Guilty: Complicitous Critique and the Plaasroman Tradition in Etienne van Heerden’s Toorberg". Research in African Literatures. 42.1 (2011): 120-132.
· "Welcome to Msawawa: The Postapartheid Township in Niq Mhlongo's Novels of Deception". Journal of Postcolonial Writing 47.4 (2011): 546-557
· "Interview with Ivan Vladislavic". Marginal Spaces: On Ivan Vladislavic, ed. Gerald Gaylard. Johannesburg: WITS University Press, 2011. Originally published in Modern Fiction Studies 46.1 (2000): 273–281.
· Magical Realism and the Postcolonial Novel: Between Faith and Irreverence. Palgrave Macmillan, 2009.
· "The Afrikaans Novel". The Cambridge Companion to the African Novel, ed. F Abiola Irele. Cambridge University Press, 2009. 69-83.
· "Chronicles of Belief and Unbelief: Zakes Mda and the Question of Magical Realism in South African Literature.” Ways of Writing: Critical Essays on Zakes Mda, ed. David Bell and Johan Jacobs. Pietermaritzburg: University of KwaZulu-Natal Press, 2009. 73-90.
· "Zakes Mda”. British Writers, XV, ed. Jay Parini. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 2009. 195-208.
· "Magical Realism and the Legacy of German Idealism". Modern Language Review 101.2 (2006): 488-498.
· "Avatars of Amadis: Magical Realism as Postcolonial Romance". Journal of Commonwealth Literature 40.3 (2005): 7-20.
· "The Hermeneutics of Vagueness: Magical Realism in Current Literary Critical Discourse". Journal of Postcolonial Writing 41.1 (2005): 1-13
· "Naturalizing the Supernatural: Faith, Irreverence and Magical Realism". Literature Compass 2 (2005): 1-16.
· "Baldur's Gate and History: Race and Alignment in Digital Role-Playing Games". Proceedings of the Second International Digital Games Research Association Conference, Simon Fraser University International Repository, 2005.
· "Engendering the Post-Apartheid Farm Novel: Anne Landsmann's 'The Devil's Chimney". English Academy Review (South Africa) 21 (2004): 17-31.
· "The Making and Unmaking of History in Ivan Vladislavic's Propaganda by Monuments and Other Stories". Modern Fiction Studies 46.1 (2000): 67-89.