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
  • 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.

Rettová (Nováková), 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.

Edited Books or Journal Volumes

Rettová, Alena, ed. (2016) Journal of African Cultural Studies. Special issue on African Philosophy. Routledge [Taylor and Francis]. (Volume 28, Issue 2)

Book Chapters

Rettová, Alena (2017) 'Novel in African Languages.' In: Gikandi, Simon, (ed.), Oxford History of the Novel in English: Volume 11 - The Novel in Africa and the Caribbean since 1950. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 71-86. (Forthcoming)

Rettová, Alena (2016) 'Comparative Literature and the Position of the Critic.' In: Loveday, Leo and Parpală, Emilia, (eds.), Ways of Being in Cultural and Literary Spaces. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, pp. 206-217. (Forthcoming)

Rettová, Alena (2016) 'From Mimesis to Mize. Philosophical Implications of Departures from Literary Realism.' In: Vierke, Clarissa and Greven, Katharina, (eds.), Dunia Yao. Utopia/Dystopia in Swahili Fiction. Cologne: Rüdiger Köppe Verlag, pp. 113-146. (Verbal Art and Documentary Literature in African Languages; 36)

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, 68 (4). pp. 389-407. (Forthcoming)

Rettová, Alena (2016) 'Writing in the Swing? Neo-Realism in Post-Experimental Swahili fiction.' Research in African Literatures, 47 (3). pp. 15-31. (Forthcoming)

Rettova, Alena (2016) 'Sci-fi and Afrofuturism in the Afrophone Novel: Writing the Future and the Possible in Swahili and in Shona.' Research in African Literatures. (Forthcoming)

Rettová, Alena (2016) 'African philosophy as a radical critique [Editorial for Special Issue on African Philosophy].' Journal of African Cultural Studies , 28 (2). pp. 127-131.

Rettová, Alena (2015) 'A solitary war? Genre, community and philosophy in Swahili culture.' Journal of African Cultural Studies, 28 (2). pp. 209-224.

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.

Translations

Rettová, Alena, trans. (2007) Munhu - Člověk. Plav, 5 . pp. 31-32.

Rettová, Alena, trans. (2007) Předmluva. Plav, 5 . pp. 33-34.

Kohák, Erazim and Novák, Matěj and Rettová, Alena and Urban, Petr, trans. (2006) Edmund Husserl. Ideje k čisté fenomenologii a fenomenologické filosofii. Volume II. Prague: OIKOYMENH.

Abdalla, Abdilatif and Rettová, Alena, trans. (2005) Václav Havel. Uzinduzi. Středokluky: Zdeněk Susa.

Rettová, Alena and Urban, Petr, trans. (2004) Edmund Husserl. Ideje k čisté fenomenologii a fenomenologické filosofii. Volume I. Prague: OIKOYMENH.

Rettová, Alena, trans. (2003) Euphrase Kezilahabi. Nagona. Prague: Labyrint. pp. 201-232.

Rettová (Nováková), Alena, trans. (2003) Lasunkanmi Tela. Ošuolale. Africká čítanka [African Reader.], ed. Petr Komers. . Prague: Labyrint. pp. 117-127.

Rettová , Alena, trans. (2002) Jorge Luis Borges. Golem. (Translation of the poem from Spanish into Czech). Souvislosti, 3-4 . pp. 99-127.

Rettová , Alena, trans. (1999) Oscar R. Martí. Der Beitrag der Kubaner außerhalb Kubas zur Philosophie der Gegenwart. Philosophie, Theologie, Literatur: Kubanische Beiträge aus den letzten 50 Jahren, ed. Raúl Fornet-Betancourt. . Aachen: Wissenschaftsverlag Mainz. pp. 99-127.

Rettová , Alena, trans. (1999) Manuel Gayol Mecías. José Lezama Lima und die Suche nach den Ursprüngen. Philosophie, Theologie, Literatur: Kubanische Beiträge aus den letzten 50 Jahren, ed. Raúl Fornet-Betancourt. . Aachen: Wissenschaftsverlag Mainz. pp. 265-268.

Rettová , Alena, trans. (1999) Ivette Fuentes de la Paz. Orígenes: Die Gruppe und die Zeitschrift. Philosophie, Theologie, Literatur: Kubanische Beiträge aus den letzten 50 Jahren, ed. Raúl Fornet-Betancourt. . Aachen: Wissenschaftsverlag Mainz. pp. 269-285.

Rettová, Alena, trans. (1999) Ivette Fuentes de la Paz. Die literarischen Zeitschriften als Zeugnis der Entwicklung der Literaturkritik und des Essays in Kuba. Philosophie, Theologie, Literatur: Kubanische Beiträge aus den letzten 50 Jahren, ed. Raúl Fornet-Betancourt . Aachen: Wissenschaftsverlag Mainz. pp. 332-354.

Rettová , Alena, trans. (1999) Nydia Sorí González. Elemente der Volksreligiosiät in der kubanischen Literatur. Ein Bericht. Philosophie, Theologie, Literatur: Kubanische Beiträge aus den letzten 50 Jahren, ed. Raúl Fornet-Betancourt. . Aachen: Wissenschaftsverlag Mainz. pp. 355-361.

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