21 November 2017
Dr Kai Easton, Chair of the Centre for English Studies in the School of Arts at SOAS University of London and Professor Derek Attridge, former Head of English & Related Literature at the University of York, have co-edited the first book on South African writer Zoë Wicomb. The recipient of an inaugural Windham-Campbell prize from Yale in 2013, Wicomb is a writer long at the forefront of the South African canon.
Zoë Wicomb & the Translocal: Writing Scotland & South Africa (Routledge, October 2017) marks the final output of a 10-year project on Wicomb’s work. This includes a unique multi-sited conference series that travelled from SOAS to York via Stellenbosch in collaboration with co-convenors Professor David Attwell (York) and Dr Meg Samuelson (formerly of Stellenbosch, now at Adelaide).
Exploring ideas of the translocal, with a focus on the visual and cartographical, the book brings together interdisciplinary essays across the range of Wicomb’s fiction, with contributors from the UK, USA, South Africa, and Australia. It also features an unanthologized essay by Wicomb herself, an interview, and a suite of photographs by Sophia Klaase, whose images of Namaqualand inspired Wicomb’s most recent novel, October.