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Prof. Cheryl Stobie 
Cheryl Stobie has been lecturing in English Studies on the Pietermaritzburg campus since 1985. She obtained an Honours degree in English literature, a University Education Diploma and an MA in Women’s Studies through the University of Natal. She was awarded a PhD from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. She is currently the English Studies postgraduate co-ordinator.
Academic Interests
Her current research and teaching interests centre around representations of gender, sexuality, race and nation in contemporary written and visual texts, particularly the South African novel. She combines an emphasis on cultural specificity with close textual analysis.
Selected Recent Publications
  1. 2014. Stobie, Cheryl.  “The Music of Dead Sisters: A Feminist Comparison of Two Folktales about Singing Bones and Reeds”, in Critical Arts.
  2. 2014. “‘The devil slapped on the genitals’: Religion and Spirituality in Queer South Africans’ Lives”, in Journal of Literary Studies 30,1: 1-19.
  3. 2013. “Re-constructing the ‘Outcast-initiate’ in Patrick White’s The Twyborn Affair”, in Current Writing: Text and Reception in Southern Africa 25,1: 52-65.
  4. 2012. “Dirty Alien Shadow-selves: Delving into the Dirt in District 9”, in Image & Text 20: 128-45.
  5. 2012. “Dystopian Dreams from South Africa: Lauren Beukes’s Moxyland and Zoo City”, in African Identities 10,4: 367-80.
  6. 2012. “‘The guilt of men’: Re-visioning the Virgin Birth in Thando Mgqolozana’s Hear Me Alone”, in Current Writing: Text and Reception in Southern Africa 24,2: 149-58.
  7. 2012. “Gendered Bodies in Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Purple Hibiscus”, in Literature for Our Times: Postcolonial Studies in the Twenty-First Century, eds. Bill Ashcroft, Ranjini Mendis, Julie McGonegal and Arun Mukherjee. Amsterdam and Atlanta: Rodopi: 325-44.
  8. 2011. “‘He uses my body’: Female Traditional Healers, Male Ancestors and Transgender in South Africa”, in African Identities 9,2: 149-62.
  9. 2011. “Indecent Theology, Trans-theology and the Transgendered Madonna in Chris Abani’s The Virgin of Flames”, in Research in African Literatures 42,2: 170-83.
  10. 2011. “Postcolonial Pomosexuality in Queer/Alternative Fiction after Disgrace”, in SA Lit beyond 2000, ed. Michael Chapman and Margaret Lenta. Pietermaritzburg: UKZN Press: 335-52.
  11. 2011. “Reading Bisexualities from a South African Perspective – Revisited”, in Journal of Bisexuality 11,4: 480-7. 
  12. 2010. “Dethroning the Infallible Father: Religion, Patriarchy and Politics in Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Purple Hibiscus”, in Literature and Theology 24,4: 421-35.

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