Grant Andrews

Grant Andrews
University of the Witwatersrand | wits · Division of Languages, Literacies and Literatures

Doctor of Philosophy
Currently located in Brisbane, Australia.

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Introduction
My research and teaching specialisations are gender and sexuality studies, decolonial theory in education, and Queer Critical Literacies as an educational intervention. I am currently working on a research project titled "Intersections of South African Queer Theory and Queer Visual Culture" funded by an NRF Thuthuka Grant. I live in Brisbane, Australia.
Additional affiliations
January 2018 - present
University of the Witwatersrand
Position
  • Senior Lecturer
Description
  • Course coordinator (PGCE Languages SP and FET) (2020) Course coordinator (English I) (2018 - 2019) Lecturer in English Studies and Teaching English Methodology
March 2016 - December 2017
Stellenbosch University
Position
  • PostDoc Position
Description
  • Postdoctoral fellow in the project “Textual and Visual Performativity of Queer Identities and Sexualities in South African Literary and Cultural Productions” Postdoc host: Dr Mathilda Slabbert
February 2012 - April 2016
University of the Western Cape
Position
  • Lecturer
Description
  • Lecturer for English for Educational Development 101, 117, 127 and 151. Tutor for English 111 and 121.
Education
August 2013 - November 2015
University of the Western Cape
Field of study
  • English Literature in South Africa
January 2010 - December 2020
Stellenbosch University
Field of study
  • English Literature

Publications

Publications (23)
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The recent Must Fall movements shone a light on how South African universities are exclusionary spaces in many respects. In addition to the focus on racial, financial, and epistemological exclusions, the movements also highlighted how gender and sexual minorities are marginalised in university curricula and spaces. In the wake of these movements, I...
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South African cinema is still dominated, both in terms of number and commercial success, by films featuring white Afrikaans-speaking characters. These films are mostly politically voiceless, ignoring the contentious racial and economic dynamics in the country, and they fail to represent queer realities. Skoonheid [Beauty] (2011), the powerful South...
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ALT 36: Queer Theory in Filmand Fiction - by Ernest N. Emenyonu November 2018
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Before the end of apartheid, queer lives were almost entirely unrepresented in public literary works in South Africa. Only after the fall of institutionalised apartheid could literature begin to look back at the role of queer people in the history of South Africa, and begin to acknowledge that queer people are a part of the fabric of South African...
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John Trengove’s film Inxeba (The Wound) was met with public outcry as it represented the sacred tradition of ulwaluko (“initiation”). The film was effectively banned in mainstream South African cinemas following a ruling by the Film and Publication Board (FPB) to assign a rating of X18 to the film. Many rights groups and activists were troubled by...
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After the end of formal apartheid, a number of South African feature films have explored queer white men in conservative social settings, with a particular focus on Afrikaans-speaking gay men. These films have reflected strict heteropatriarchal values within white Afrikaner culture where homosexuality is still often seen as a taboo topic. In this a...
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The Covid-19 pandemic has caused many universities to move instruction online. For the most part, this move has not been based on sound principles and best practices of online teaching, but can instead be characterised as emergency remote teaching (ERT) that aims to continue instruction despite the substantial drawbacks of insufficient planning or...
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Our paper discusses our recent experiences with designing effective assessments for challenging local contexts by using group work portfolio projects. South African universities are experiencing ever-increasing student numbers, diverse student bodies which have different language and literacy skill levels, and limited resources. Simultaneously, the...
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This book explores representations of fathers in select South African novels published from the birth of apartheid to the post-transitional moment. Father figures in the texts reflect political and social climates in South Africa – at different times representing the oppressive apartheid government, righteous and authoritative liberation leaders an...
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(A)gender and (a)sexual diversity are often viewed as taboo and controversial topics in education, sparking resistance from some teachers, students, and communities to engage with these important topics. Additionally, critical approaches to teaching these topics in schools and universities are still emerging, with many educators feeling uncertain o...
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The Covid-19 global pandemic has resulted in many countries moving teaching and learning online. South Africa is a country with major inequalities in terms of access to electricity, internet and information technologies, which have created considerable problems for online learning at institutions of higher learning in the country. In this paper, we...
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Parental educational support plays a significant role in the educational success of learners. Research has emphasised the important role of father involvement in educational achievement; however, little is known about how educational support is understood within marginalised contexts such as female-headed households, especially where fathers are ab...
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YouTube has provided a platform for many queer vloggers in South Africa to find audiences and to represent queer lives via a public medium. The platform allows for multiple queer identities to be represented in dynamic ways, complicating the ways in which mainstream mass media often stereotype or distort queer lives and experiences, and simultaneou...
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This article explores the image of the queer cyborg in two works of speculative fiction about South Africa, Lauren Beukes's Moxyland (Johannesburg: Jacana, 2008) and Nicky Drayden's The Prey of Gods (London: Harper Voyager, 2017). These queer cyborg characters inhabit imagined futures where the interface between human and technology is both a condu...
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In higher education institutions in South Africa, educators working in the fields of language and academic literacy need to be sensitive and responsive to the linguistic and cultural diversity of the student body, and traditional pedagogical approaches are often inappropriate to meet the needs of students and of the wider call to decolonise higher...
Research
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This paper argues for a feminist reading of Macbeth in order to critically interrogate the ways in which Lady Macbeth’s agency and feminist practices have been portrayed by educators, and where necessary, works to reframe contextual questions to promote critical feminist thought. This research report examines the ways in which Macbeth could be used...
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This article traces how the character of the father in post-apartheid South African literature is symbolic of the spectral yet enduring legacy of apartheid and the types of rigid masculinities which underpinned the oppressive system. I use this framing to demonstrate the conflict between the traditional South African father and the queer son. Queer...
Thesis
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This study explores the different ways that South African novels have represented fatherhood across historical periods, from the dawn of apartheid to the post-transitional moment. It is argued that there is a link between narrative power and the father, especially in the way that the father figure is given authority and is central to dominant narra...
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ENGLISH ABSTRACT: This thesis explores the themes of representation and identity in four post-9/11 novels: Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner, Mohsin Hamid’s The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Frédéric Beigbeder’s Windows on the World and Don DeLillo’s Falling Man. The novels of Hosseini and Hamid represent the experience of two Muslim protagonists from...

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The project will investigate and bring into conversation two components of queer cultural expression, involving a theoretical and practical approach in order to find commonalities and divergences in contemporary queer South African voices. The two elements of the study are: queer theory in and from South Africa, and queer South African cinema and screening queer realities. The project will be interdisciplinary, involving archival work, visual culture criticism and theoretical/ philosophical approaches to queer identities and experiences in South Africa to imagine the possibilities of a South African Queer Theory and how this impacts cultural expressions, particularly in film. Documenting the two components will involve extensive conversations with queer historians, archivists, artists, activists and theorists, as well as creating photographic and video archives in collaboration with these partners and other scholars. These conversations will be used to produce a series of four papers to be submitted to peer-reviewed academic journals, as well as lead to a colloquium on queer South African theory and an exhibition of photographic and video materials to be donated to queer archives. The project will also facilitate excellence in queer research by providing opportunities to Master’s and Honours students to investigate queer theory and queer cultures in South Africa.