Professor Wendy Woodward

Wendy Woodward is a Professor in the English Department at the University of the Western Cape in greater Cape Town. She has introduced animals into the undergraduate module Reading the Environment and co-developed a postgraduate course on Animals and Ecologies. Her research has focused on representations of nonhuman animals and their subjectivities and is now beginning to study the adaptabilities of literary animals in cities. Human-Animal Studies is just beginning to develop locally; her recent The Animal Gaze: Animal Subjectivities in Southern African Narratives (Wits University Press 2008) is the first monograph in HAS in Southern Africa. She is also a published poet and her second volume of poetry Love, Hades and other Animals(Protea 2008) engages with animals in Greek myth, colonial family histories and daily experience.

Selected Publications

Can the Bird sing? Representations of Birds in Southern African NarrativesAlternation. Forthcoming, 2009.

Love, Hades and Other Animals (poetry). Pretoria: Protea, 2009.

The Animal Gaze: Animal Subjectivities in Southern African Narratives. Johannesburg: University of Witwatersrand Press, 2008.

Dogs as Social Subjects. Canis Africanis: A Dog History of South Africa. Ed. Sandra Swart and Lance von Sittert. Brill, 2008: 235-262

"The Nature Feeling”: Ecological Masculinities in Some Recent Popular Texts. Toxic Belonging. Ed Dan Wylie. Cambridge Scholars Press, 2008.

A Cautionary Tale: Review of The Whale Caller by Zakes Mda. Society and Animal 15.3 (2007): 299-300.

The Killing (off) of Animals in Some Southern African Fiction or "Why Does Every Animal Story Have to be Sad?" Journal of Literary Studies23.3 (2007): 293-313.

Lions, Leopards and Liminality: Representations of Biosociality in the Writings of Katy Payne, Linda Tucker and Gillian van Houten. Current Writing: Special Issue on Animals and Ecologies. Ed Dan Wylie (April 18 2006): 28-41.

Laughing Back at the Kingfisher: Zakes Mda’s The Heart of Redness and Postcolonial Humour. Cheeky Fictions: Laughter and the Postcolonial. Ed Susanne Reichl and Mark Stein. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2005.

"Frail Shared Seconds": Encounters between Humans and Other Animals in the Poetry of Douglas Livingstone. English Academy Review Vol 20 (Dec 2003): 44-53 (published in 2004).

Postcolonial Ecologies and the Gaze of Animals: Reading Some Contemporary South African Narratives. Journal of Literary Studies 19:3/4 December 2003: 290-315.

Dog Stars and Dog Souls: The Lives of Dogs in Marlene van Niekerk’s Triomf and JM Coetzee’s Disgrace  Journal of Literary Studies 17 3 / 4 (2001): 90-119.

"Dogs of the Heart": Encounters between Humans and Other Animals in the Poetry of Ruth Miller. The English Academy Review 18 (Dec 2001): 73-86.