Senior Lecturer in English, Chair of Centre
- Dr Kai Easton
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- SOAS University of London
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Kai Easton is Chair of the Centre for English Studies. She has previously taught at the universities of Sussex and Rhodes and, from 2004-06, held a Mellon postdoctoral fellowship in English at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.
Her research interests include:
- Colonial and postcolonial writing
- South African fiction and non-fiction in English (especially the Cape and the Indian Ocean; Coetzee; Wicomb)
- cultures of travel
- maritime history (with a current focus on the voyages and wartime travels of the legendary British navigator Michael Richey)
- visual cultures
She was awarded a 2014-15 Harry Ransom Center Research Fellowship, and her current work revisits J. M. Coetzee's archives, following their migration from Harvard and their acquisition by Texas, who now hold substantially more boxes.
Coetzee was awarded an honorary doctorate at SOAS in July 2015.
Together with Derek Attridge, she is currently editing a collection of essays, Zoë Wicomb & the Translocal: Writing Scotland & South Africa for Routledge, following a series of international conferences at SOAS (2008), Stellenbosch (2010), and York (2012) that she and Attridge co-convened (with David Attwell and Meg Samuelson). Special issues from the first two conferences have been published in the Journal of Southern African Studies, Safundi: The Journal of South African and American Studies, and Current Writing. Details of the events can be found at SOAS events pages.
Kai serves on the board of Canon Collins Educational and Legal Assistance Trust, and is a member of the Academic Steering Committee for the new CHASE postgraduate journal, Brief Encounters.
Gender, Travel, Cape: British Women Writing Colonial South Africa (a monograph on the travels and colonial networks of British ‘Ladies’ at the Cape, including Anne Barnard, Lucie Duff Gordon, Margaret Herschel, and Eliza Grey). The book also discusses the prolific yet little-known Cape writer Dorothea Fairbridge, and male imperialist mapmakers such as John Barrow and William Burchell).
Travels with Mike (an extended auto/biographical project on Michael Richey, one of the most interesting figures in the '20th-century story' (see Libby Purves: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/.../article6968938.ece) : an expert and renowned navigator, single-handed sailor, engraver, sculptor, letter-cutter, and writer who attracted - throughout his life - a fascinating circle of friends, many of whom have written autobiographies, or who have had biographies written about them (eg Eric Gill, David Jones, Tom Burns, Graham Greene, Sir Francis Chichester). His father, George Henry Mills Richey, served throughout the Anglo-Boer War. Mike's brother, Paul Richey, wrote the classic account Fighter Pilot in the Second World War, while his own account of his travels to Antarctica during the war were broadcast on BBC Radio's 'Third Programme', and read by Ludovic Kennedy. He won the very first Llewellyn Rhys Memorial Prize for Literature in 1942 for his story 'Sunk by a Mine' (see Jimmy Burns's account in Papa Spy (Bloomsbury 2009)).
Easton, Kai (2015) 'Archive Notes: Travelling Africa & the Archives'. Journal of History and Cultures 5, pp 82-83.
Easton, Kai and van der Vlies, Andrew (2011) 'Zoe Wicomb, the Cape & the Cosmopolitan: An Introduction'. Safundi: The Journal of South African and American Studies, (12) 3-4, pp 249-259.
Easton, Kai (2011) 'The Cape & the Cosmopolitan or Travels Around Wicomb on a Journey to the Cederberg'. Safundi: The Journal of South African and American Studies, (12) 3-4, pp 285-297.
Attwell, David and Easton, Kai (2010) ''Introduction', Zoe Wicomb: Texts & Histories'. Journal of Southern African Studies, (36) 3, pp 519-521.
Easton, Kai (2007) 'Coetzee's Disgrace: Byron in Italy and the Eastern Cape c. 1820'. The Journal of Commonwealth Literature, (42) 3, pp 113-30.
Easton, Kai (2006) 'Coetzee, the Cape and the Question of History'. Scrutiny2: Issues in English Studies in Southern Africa, (11) 1, pp 5-21.
Easton, Kai (2004) 'Travels to the Metropolis: Cape Town, London, and J.M. Coetzee's Youth'. Moving Worlds, (4) 1, pp 72-84.
Easton, Kai (2004) 'Linking Grahamstown to the Coetzee Legend'. Centennial (Rhodes University Centenary Magazine), pp 97-99.
Easton, Kai (2002) 'Travelling through History, ‘New’ South African Icons: The Narratives of Saartje Baartman and Krotoä-Eva in Zoë Wicomb’s David’s Story'. Kunapipi, (24) 1 & 2, pp 237-250.
Easton, Kai (1995) 'Text and Hinterland: J. M. Coetzee and the South African Novel'. Journal of Southern African Studies, (21) 4, pp 585-599.
Easton, Kai and Attridge, Derek, (eds.), (2017) Zoë Wicomb and the Translocal. Abingdon; New York: Routledge. (Routledge Research in Postcolonial Literatures).
Easton, Kai and van der Vlies, Andrew, (eds.), (2011) Zoe Wicomb, the Cape & the Cosmopolitan. Safundi: The Journal of South African and American Studies, special double issue. London: Taylor & Francis.
Attwell, David and Easton, Kai, (eds.), (2010) Part Special Issue: Zoe Wicomb: Texts and Histories. London: Taylor & Francis.
Easton, Kai (2017) '‘Travelling Light’: Images (via Wicomb) from the Gifberge to Glasgow'. In: Easton, Kai and Attridge, Derek, (eds.), Zoë Wicomb & the Translocal: Writing Scotland & South Africa. Abingdon; New York: Routledge.
Easton, Kai (2007) 'Southern Africa'. In: McLeod, John, (ed.), The Routledge Companion to Postcolonial Studies. Abingdon: Routledge, pp 129-138.
Easton, Kai (2006) 'J.M. Coetzee's Disgrace: Reading Race/Reading Scandal'. In: Morrison, J. and Watkins, S., (eds.), Scandalous Fictions. The Twentieth-Century Novel in the Public Sphere.. Palgrave MacMillan, pp 187-205.
Easton, Kai (2016) 'Landmarks: Reading Coetzee's Maternal Lines' In: Reading Coetzee's Women, 27-29 September 2016, Monash University, Prato Campus. [Unpublished]
Easton, Kai (2015) 'Vessels, Voyages and Visitors: HMS Vanguard and the Royal Tour of South Africa ' In: Royals on Tour: The Politics and Pageantry of Royal Visits, 11-12 June 2015, University of Sydney. [Unpublished]
Easton, Kai (2015) 'Coetzee, the Cape & the Colonial Archive: Exploring Dusklands via Summertime' In: Seminar, Centre for Humanities Research, 11 August 2011, University of the Western Cape. [Unpublished]
Easton, Kai (2014) 'Maps & Notebooks: J. M. Coetzee & the Texas Archives' In: Coetzee Collective Colloquium, 12 March 2014, Dept of English, University of Cape Town. [Unpublished]
Easton, Kai (2013) 'Roads to Merweville, or On the Road with Scenes from Provincial Life' In: Coetzee Collective Colloquium, 13 March 2013, Dept of English, University of Cape Town. [Unpublished]
Easton, Kai (2011) 'Travels with Mike: from HMS Goodwill to Yacht Jester' In: Picture this: postcards and letters beyond text, Picture this: postcards and letters beyond text, 24-26 March 2011, University of Sussex. [Unpublished]
Easton, Kai (2011) 'Offshore from the Cape to Mauritius, 1857-1860: The Letters of Lady Barbarina Grey' In: Coastlines & Littoral Zones: The 8th Annual Literature & Ecology Colloquium, 12-14 August 2011, Kleinmond, Western Cape, South Africa. [Forthcoming]
Easton, Kai (2010) 'Cultures of Travel: Cape Diasporas and Zoe Wicomb's Playing in the Light' In: The Cape & the Cosmopolitan: Reading Zoe Wicomb, 8-10 April 2010, University of Stellenbosch, Dept of English. [Unpublished]
Easton, Kai (2009) '"Out of Africa": Lady Margaret Herschel's Letters from the Cape, 1834-38' In: Locating African Culture, 7-8 September 2009, University of Stirling. [Unpublished]
Easton, Kai (2009) 'Gender, Travel, Cape: British Women Writing Colonial South Africa, 1797-1931' In: Dept of English seminar series, 16 April 2009, University of Stellenbosch, Dept of English. [Unpublished]
Easton, Kai (2007) 'Travelling Africa: A Woman's Trek from the Cape to Cairo' In: University of Sussex, Centre for Colonial and Postcolonial Studies seminar, 18 April 2007, University of Sussex. [Unpublished]
Easton, Kai (2006) ''A quick jaunt or a great trek? Mary Hall's Travels from the Cape to Cairo'' In: ASA-UK, September 2006, SOAS, University of London. [Unpublished]
Easton, Kai (2006) 'A quick jaunt or a great trek? Mary Hall's Travels from the Cape to Cairo' In: ASA-UK, September 2006, SOAS, University of London. [Unpublished]
Easton, Kai (2002) 'Letters from the Cape: Dorothea Fairbridge, Lady Lucie Duff Gordon and Lady Anne Barnard' In: Southern African Texts & Contexts Seminar, 12 November 2002, St Antony's, Oxford University. [Unpublished]
Easton, Kai (2002) 'Strange tales from a bitter paradise [Review of Tatamkhulu Afrika, Bitter Eden and Etienne van Heerden, The Long Silence of Mario Salviati]'. The Independent, pp 15-15.
Easton, Kai (2002) 'Review of Sindiwe Magona, 'Mother to Mother''. World Literature Today, (76) 1, pp 124-125.
Easton, Kai (2002) 'Review of Isabel Balseiro's Running Towards Us: New Writing from South Africa'. World Literature Today, (76) 1, pp 126.
Easton, Kai (2001) 'Defoe to Rilke to Oz to... [Review of J. M. Coetzee's Stranger Shores: Literary Essays, 1986-1999]'. The Boston Sunday Globe, (Living) Books, pp 5.
Easton, Kai (2000) 'Two South African voices for justice, reconciliation [Review of Desmond Tutu’s No Future without Forgiveness and Ahmed Kathrada’s Letters from Robben Island: A Selection of Ahmed Kathrada’s Prison Correspondence, 1964–1989, edited by Robert D. Vassen]'. The Boston Sunday Globe, pp N3.
Easton, Kai (2000) 'Review of Chenjerai Hove, Rainbows in the Dust'. World Literature Today, (74) 2.
Easton, Kai (2000) 'Review of Achmat Dangor, Kafka's Curse: A Novel'. World Literature Today, (74) 2, pp 348.
Easton, Kai (1999) 'Review of John M. Coetzee: Passages (documentary)'. SOAS Literary Review, (1) 1.
Easton, Kai (1999) 'Review of Dominic Head, J. M. Coetzee'. Ariel: A Review of International English Literature, (30) 1, pp 183-185.
Easton, Kai (1998) 'The daring life of a radically different Afrikaner [Review of Stephen Clingman's Bram Fischer: Afrikaner Revolutionary]'. The Boston Sunday Globe, pp C3.
Easton, Kai (1998) 'Review of Nadine Gordimer's, The House Gun'. World Literature Today, (72) 4, pp 887-888.
Easton, Kai (1997) 'Private Lives: A detailed second volume of Doris Lessing's memoirs; an absorbing childhood memoir by J. M. Coetzee [Review of Doris Lessing's Walking in the Shade and J. M. Coetzee's Boyhood: Scenes from Provincial Life]'. The Boston Sunday Globe, pp N1, N4.
Easton, Kai (1997) 'A family at the center of South Africa's salvation [Review of Gillian Slovo's Every Secret Thing]'. The Boston Sunday Globe, pp N14.
Easton, Kai (1996) 'Review of Rosemary Jane Jolly, 'Colonization, Violence and Narration in White South African Writing: Andre Brink, Breyten Breytenbach, and J. M. Coetzee''. Journal of Southern African Studies, (23) 4, pp 674-675.
Easton, Kai (2017) 'Navigating the War: A Centenary Exhibition of the Richey Archives'.
Easton, Kai (2014) 'Karoo Country'. [Submitted]
Easton, Kai (2014) 'Maps & Notebooks: J. M. Coetzee & the Texas Archives'. [Submitted]
Easton, Kai (2014) 'Travelling Light: Images - via Wicomb - from the Gifberge to Glasgow'. [Submitted]
Easton, Kai (2011) 'Journey to Namaqualand'. [Submitted]
Easton, Kai (2000) Textuality & the Land: Reading 'White Writing' and the Fiction of J. M. Coetzee. PhD thesis. SOAS, University of London. [Unpublished]
Easton, Kai (2015) 'Tribute to J. M. Coetzee for SOAS Graduation 2015'. [Unpublished]
Easton, Kai (2015) 'Travelling Africa & the Archives'. [Unpublished]
Easton, Kai (2010) 'Teaching J. M. Coetzee's Foe and Disgrace: Intertextuality and the Question of Canonicity'. [Unpublished]
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