Dr Megan Jones (on sabbatical 1st semester 2024)

Senior Lecturer
MA (UCT), PhD (Cambridge)
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Life Writing; South African and African Literatures; African American Literatures; World Literatures; Modernism; Literary Urbanisms; Gender


World and Transnational Literatures; Urban Studies; Cultural Studies; South African and African Literatures; Critical Theory; Race Studies


  • 2013: Categories of Persons: Rethinking Ourselves and Others (Johannesburg: Picador Africa)
  • forthcoming 2024: Refractive Realisms: Literature, Culture and the 21st Century South African Township (Transdisciplinary Souths, Routledge)
  • “Imagining the Migrant in 21st Century Johannesburg” in The Cambridge Companion to the City in World Literature, Ato Quayson and Jini Watson, eds (2023).
  • M. Jones and J. Dlamini, ‘Introduction, Categories of Persons (Johannesburg: Picador Africa, 2013)
  • ‘Moving, Categories of Persons (Johannesburg: Picador Africa, 2013)
  • “Reading the Rubbish Dump as a Heterotopia in Neill Blomkamp’s District 9”, Social Dynamics, 46.2 (2020)
  • “The Train as Motif in Soweto Poetry”, The Journal of Commonwealth Literature, 53.1 (2018).
  • “Junk Aesthetics from South Africa, Brazil and India: Re-evaluating the Object”, Journal of Southern African Studies, 43.5 (2017)
  • “Haunting the Social: Conversing with Ghosts in Redi Tlhabi’s Endings and Beginnings“, Journal of African Cultural Studies 26.3 (2014)
  • “Fracture and Selfhood in Jacob Dlamini’s Native Nostalgia“, African Studies, 73.1 (2014)
  •  Township Textualities’ Alternation, ‘Race, Power and Indigenous Knowledge Systems, Special Issue (October, 2013)
  • ‘Conspicuous Destruction, Aspiration and Motion in the Contemporary Township’ Safundi: The Journal of South African and American Studies, 14.2 (2013)
  • ‘Cars, Capital and Disorder in Ivan Vladislavic’s The Exploded View and Portrait with Keys, Social Dynamics, 37.3 (2012)
  • ‘Black Mobility and Urbanism in Peter Abrahams’s Mine Boy, Journal of Southern African Studies, 38.1 (2012)
  • ‘Keeping House: Domesticity and Disorder in Sarah Gertrude Millin’s Middle Class and The Jordans, English Studies in Africa, 54.1 (May 2011)
  • Relocations: Reading Culture in South Africa Review, Chimurenga
  • The Blacks of Cape Town Review, Slipnet, December 2013
  • ‘A Response to Peter Geschiere’ Johannesburg Salon (November 2009).
  • ‘Brothers in Blood Theatre Review’ Johannesburg Salon (November 2009).