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Vincent Luxolo Mtyende
The winner of the Isma Maurice Flior Award (1998) and the Harold & Doris Tothill Scholarship (1999), Vincent Mtyende completed his BA in African Literature & Sociology at the University of the Witwatersrand in 1998. In 1999 he graduated with an Honours degree in African Literature from the same university.  In that same year he was awarded the NRF competitive scholarship to do an MA in African Literature & Culture Studies and graduated in 2001. In 2003, Mr Mtyende received a Higher Diploma in Education (HDE) from the then University of Transkei (Unitra). In 2007 he graduated with an Honours degree in Theory of Literature from the University of South Africa (Unisa) and in 2011 was awarded a BSc (Hons) degree in Psychology by Unisa. After a stint as a Geography & English high school teacher, from 2001 to 2002, Mr. Mtyende was invited to join the teaching staff in the Department of English Literature & Language at the University of Transkei (Unitra), a post he held until December 2010. In January 2011 he joined the teaching and research staff in English Studies at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg. He is currently completing a PhD in African YA Literature & English Language Education at UKZN, Edgewood Campus.
Academic Interests
Mr. Mtyende’s current research interests are in the area of African literature especially the treatment of war, translocation, identity issues, migrancy & geopolitics. He also has a keen interest in young adult literature as well as the teaching & curriculum development of English literature in Higher Education Institutions in South Africa. His other interests include aspects of popular literature in Africa, mid-century Victorian prose fiction, the literature of the Eastern Cape, covert racism in the post-apartheid dispensation, West African drama, poetry & fiction. He has taught and presented papers on the following writers: Chinua Achebe (especially Things Fall Apart, No Longer at Ease & Arrow of God), Wole Soyinka (especially the plays), Biyi Bandele-Thomas (especially the early novels), Ike Oguine, Okey Ndibe, Buchi Emecheta (especially Joys of Motherhood and The New Tribe), Mariama  Bâ (especially So Long a Letter), Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (especially Half of a Yellow Sun), Ama Ata Aidoo (especially the plays, Changes & Our Sister Killjoy), Moyez Vassanji (especially Uhuru Street & The Gunny Sack), Helon Habila (especially Waiting for an Angel), Ellen Kuzwayon (only Call Me Woman), Thando Mgqolozana, Zukiswa Wanner, Siphiwo Mahala, Sindiwe Magona, Lauretta Ngcobo (especially And They Didn’t Die), Mark Behr (only A Smell of Apples), Jan Turner (only Heartland), Zakes Mda (especially the novels), Tsitsi Dangarembga (especially Nervous Conditions), Antjie Krog (especially Country of My Skull), Marguerite Poland (only Shades), Elizabeth Gaskell  (especially North and South), Wilkie Collins (especially The Woman in White),  Charles Dickens (especially Bleak House), Anthony Trollope (especially The Barchester Towers),  Ann Brönte (especially The Tenant of Wildfell Hall & Agnes Grey)  and Charlotte Brönte (especially Jane Eyre and Villette). 
Publications and Conferences
  1. 2011 – ‘“Is there no reading material for Africa’s youth?” A Theoretical Proposition on the Revival of African Youth Novels to Inculcate Critical Literacy – A Case of Macmillan Pacesetters Series (1977-2001)” – paper presented at the 7th Pan-African Reading for All Conference held at the University of Botswana, Gaborone (11 – 12 July 2011).
  2. 2010 – ‘African languages and the literary debate: Are We There Yet?’ – paper presented at the ALASA-SAFOS Conference held at Walter Sisulu University, Umtata  (23-24 April 2010)
  3. 2009 – ‘The Use of Psychological Theories in the Exploration of Racial and Gender Discrimination in Bessie Head’s Maru’ – paper presented at the Southern African Students’ Psychology Conference held at the University of Botswana, Gaborone (26-27 June 2009).
  4. 2009 – ‘A  Preliminary Investigation into Cultural Trends in Geophagia in the Rural Areas of the Transkei Region of the Eastern Cape Province, SA’  (with S.N. Nkanyuza) – paper presented at the “Geophagia Research Symposium” held at Walter Sisulu University, Umtata (24-26 June  2009)
  5. 2004 – ‘“Male Feminists?”: The Emerging post (post) colonial African literary scene’ – paper presented at the AUETSA/SAVAL/SAACLALS Conference held at the University of Natal (5-7 July 2004)
  6. 2004 – ‘African Renaissance with no (Re)naissance  is No Renaissance:  The Roots of Modern Civilizations and the Ancient African ‘Naissance’ – The Case of Upper Egypt (Kemet) and Nubia During the Age of Maheru Imhotep’ – paper presented at the SAAPS Conference held at the University of Transkei (21-23 September 2004)
  7. 2003 – ‘“Expanding the Canon”: The Teaching of African Literature in South African Institutions of Higher Education’ – paper presented at the AUETSA/SAVAL/SACLAS Conference held at the University of Pretoria (7-9 July 2003).
  8. 2003 – ‘The Portrayal of the Historical Legacy and the Cultural Heritage of the Eastern Cape Province in Zakes Mda’s The Heart of Redness (2000) and Marguerite Poland’s Shades (1994)’ – paper presented at the University of Fort Hare’s “The Historical Legacies & New Challenges” Conference (27-30 August 2003).
  9. 2003 – ‘The Politics of Feminism in Two African Novels: Ellen Kuzwayo’s  Call Me Woman and Buchi Emecheta’s  Joys of Motherhood’ (with M.A. Ogu), The Journal of African Women’s Studies, 2 (1)
  10. 2002 – ‘The Significance of Theory in Teacher Education with Particular Reference to Educational Philosophy: A South African Perspective’, Unitra Perspectives in Education, 11/12 (1).

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