SOAS University of London

Department of the Languages and Cultures of Africa

Alena Rettová

PhD (Charles University, Prague)
  • Overview
  • Teaching
  • Publications

Overview

Teaching

Courses Taught
PhD Students supervised
  • Benedetta Lanfranchi, SENSUS COMMUNIS IN JUSTICE: A MORAL PARADIGM FROM AFRICAN PHILOSOPHY? Interpreting Acholi Justice Processes through African Epistemologies and Hannah Arendt's Theory of Judgement
  • David Dobrovoda, Czechoslovak-African Political Relations in the 20th Century
  • Miriam Pahl, Precarious Lives in the Postcolony – The Concept of the Human in Contemporary African Genre Fiction in English

Publications

Authored Books

Rettová, Alena (2013) Chanter l'existence : La poésie de Sando Marteau et ses horizons philosophiques. Středokluky: Zdeněk Susa.

Rettova, Alena (2007) Afrophone Philosophies: Reality and Challenge. Středokluky: Zdenek Susa.

Rettova, Alena (2004) We Hold on to the Word of Lizard. A Small Anthology of Zimbabwean Ndebele Writing. Středokluky [Czech Republic]: Zdenek Susa.

Rettova, Alena (2002) Africká filozofie mezi lékaři a filozofy. Středokluky (Czech Republic): Zdeněk Susa.

Rettova, Alena (2001) Africká filosofie: Dějiny, trendy, problémy. Středokluky (Czech Republic): Zdeněk Susa.

Book Chapters

Rettová, Alena (2016) 'Existentialism and Swahili Literature.' In: Beck, Rose Marie and Kresse, Kai, (eds.), Abdilatif Abdalla: Poet in Politics. Dar es Salaam: Mkuki na Nyota Publishers, pp. 109-122.

Rettová, Alena (2013) 'Les défis de la philosophie interculturelle aux temps postcoloniaux et postcommunistes.' In: Kasanda, Albert, (ed.), Dialogue interculturel. Cheminer ensemble vers un autre monde possible. Paris: L'Harmattan, pp. 73-111.

Rettová, Alena (2012) 'Philosophy.' In: Ramsamy, Edward, (ed.), Cultural Sociology of the Middle East, Asia, & Africa: An Encyclopedia. Vol. 2 Africa. Thousand Oaks, California: SAGE Publications, pp. 346-347.

Rettova, Alena (2012) 'Swahili Poetry.' In: Greene, Roland and Cushman, Stephen and Cavanagh, Clare and Ramazani, Jahan and Rouzer, Paul, (eds.), The Princeton Encyclopaedia of Poetry and Poetics. Fourth Edition. Princeton and Oxford: Princeton University Press, pp. 1380-1382.

Rettová, Alena (2012) ''They see him, but they don't recognize him because of his striking attire': Africa's changing identities and the Lingala novel.' In: Fiala, Vlastimil, (ed.), Multiple Identities in Post-Colonial Africa. Hradec Králové: Publishing House Moneta-FM, pp. 191-202.

Rettová, Alena (2011) 'Philosophy of the Powerless: The Singer, the Sage, and Philosophy in Africa.' In: Horáková, Hana and Nugent, Paul and Skalník, Petr, (eds.), Africa: Power and Powerlessness. Hamburg: LIT Verlag, pp. 92-106.

Rettová, Alena (2011) 'L'existentialisme et la littérature swahili.' In: Coulon, Virginia and Garnier, Xavier, (eds.), Les Littératures africaines. Textes et terrains. Paris: Karthala, pp. 427-442.

Rettová, Alena (2008) '‘The horns of my thoughts are fastened together in a knot’: transformations of ‘humanity’ in Swahili and Shona literatures.' In: Oed, Anja and Reuster-Jahn, Uta, (eds.), Beyond the Language Issue: The Production, Mediation and Reception of Creative Writing in African Languages. Cologne: Rüdiger Köppe, pp. 263-274.

Rettova, Alena (2007) 'Inkos' uLobengula yasinyamalala: The Attitude to Tradition in Ndebele Theoretical Writing.' In: Malaba, Mbongeni and David, Geoff, (eds.), Zimbabwean Transitions: Essays on Zimbabwean Literature in English, Ndebele, and Shona. Amsterdam; New York: Rodopi, pp. 53-76.

Rettova, Alena (2004) 'Africká filosofie v posledním desetiletí (1994-2004): Na cestě za afrofonními filosofiemi.' In: Onderka, Pavel, (ed.), Afrika: dvojznačné jaro 1994 [Africa: The Ambiguous Spring of 1994]. Prague: Aegyptus, pp. 103-112.

Rettova, Alena (2002) 'The role of African languages in African philosophy.' In: Bidima, Jean-Godefroy, (ed.), Philosophies africaines: traversées des expériences. Paris: Presses universitaires de France, pp. 129-150. (Rue Descartes, 36)

Journal Articles

Rettová, Alena (2016) 'Time as Myth, Time as History: A Comparative Study of Concepts of Time in Afrophone Novels on Ujamaa (Tanzanian Socialism) and on the Second Chimurenga/Umvukela (Zimbabwean Liberation War).' Comparative Literature. (Forthcoming)

Rettová, Alena (2016) 'Writing in the Swing? Neo-Realism in Post-Experimental Swahili fiction.' Research in African Literatures. (Forthcoming)

Rettová, Alena (2015) 'A solitary war? Genre, community and philosophy in Swahili culture.' Journal of African Cultural Studies.

Rettová, Alena (2015) 'The singer of pain: Suffering and subversion in the poetry of Sando Marteau.' International Journal of Francophone Studies, 18 (2-3). pp. 359-384.

Rettová, Alena (2015) 'The Second Year of Asixoxe.' Modern Africa: Politics, History and Society, 3 (1). pp. 149-151.

Biersteker, Ann and Rettová, Alena (2012) 'Swahili Language and Literature.' Oxford Bibliographies in African Studies.

Rettová, Alena (2010) 'Philosophy in utenzi metre. Expression of ideas and values in post-independence Swahili historiographic poetry.' Swahili Forum, 17. pp. 34-57.

Rettova, Alena (2007) 'Lidství ni Utu? Ubinadamu baina ya Tamaduni.' Swahili Forum, 14. pp. 89-134.

Rettova, Alena (2005) ''The best of all possible worlds'? The creation of a world in W. E. Mkufya's Ziraili na Zirani.' Swahili Forum, 12. pp. 15-24.

Rettova, Alena (2004) 'Afrophone philosophies: possibilities and practice. The reflexion of philosophical influences in Euphrase Kezilahabi's Nagona and Mzingile.' Swahili Forum, 11. pp. 45-68.

Rettova, Alena (2002) 'Die Reduplikation im Deutschen und im Swahili.' Acta Universitatis Carolinae - Philologica 2, Germanistica Pragensia, XV (19. pp. 53-58.

Book Reviews

Rettová, Alena (2009) 'Review of "Elena Bertoncini Zúbková, Mikhail D. Gromov, Said A. M. Khamis and Kyallo Wadi Wamitila: Outline of Swahili Literature. Prose Fiction and Drama".' Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, 72 (3). pp. 594-596.

Rettová, Alena (2008) 'Review of "Xavier Garnier: Le roman Swahili: la notion de 'littérature mineure' à l'épreuve".' Research in African Literatures, 39 (3). pp. 210-211.

Rettová, Alena (2008) 'Review of "Alamin Mazrui: Swahili Beyond the Boundaries: Literature, Language, Identity".' Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, 71 (3). pp. 608-609.

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