SOAS University of London

Africa Section, School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics

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 Human Being in Emergent Genres in Contemporary African Literature

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.

Articles

Rettova, Alena (2017) 'Sci-fi and Afrofuturism in the Afrophone Novel: Writing the Future and the Possible in Swahili and in Shona'. Research in African Literatures, (48) 1.

Rettová, Alena (2016) 'Time as Myth, Time as History in Afrophone Novels on Ujamaa (Tanzanian Socialism) and the Second Chimurenga/Umvukela (Zimbabwean Liberation War)'. Comparative Literature, (68) 4, pp 389-407.

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

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.

Edited Books

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

Book Chapters

Rettová, Alena (2016) '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.

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.

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.

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.

Translations

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

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

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

Abdalla, Abdilatif and Rettová, Alena (2005) 'Václav Havel. Uzinduzi.' .

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

Rettová, Alena (2003) 'Euphrase Kezilahabi. Nagona.' , pp 201-232.

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

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

Rettová, Alena (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., pp 99-127.

Rettová, Alena (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., pp 265-268.

Rettová, Alena (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., pp 269-285.

Rettová, Alena (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, pp 332-354.

Rettová, Alena (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., pp 355-361.

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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