Prof Louise Green

MA Literary Studies, PhD English Studies (UCT)
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Cultural Studies, realism, critical theory, documentary film, ecology and critique


Intellectual History; Critical Theory and Studies in Modernity; Globalisation; Value and the Culture of Objects; Realism; Animal Studies; Nature and Environmental Crisis



Fragments from the History of Loss: The Nature Industry and the Postcolony Pennsylvania State University Press, 2020.

Photography in and out of Africa: Iterations with Difference. 2016 [co-edited with Kylie Thomas]


  • Nature. In Fuelling Culture: 101 Words for Energy and Environment (eds.) Imre Szeman, Jennifer Wenzel, and Patricia Yaeger, New York: Fordham University Press, 2017.
  •  Apartheid’s wolves: political animals and animal politics. Critical African Studies Critical African Studies 8.2: 146-160, 2016.
  • Private property and the problem of the miraculous: the Kramats and the city of Cape Town. (with Noëleen Murray) Social Dynamics 38.2: 201-220, 2012.
  • Small Differences. Social Dynamics, (with Gabeba Baderoon) 38.2: 163-171, 2012.
  • Plants and Animals.  In: Uncontained: Opening the Community Arts Project Archive (eds.) H. Grunebaum & E. Maurice, Centre for Humanities Research, University of the Western Cape, 194-197, 2012.
  • The aphorism and the ‘historical image’: Minima Moralia and Adorno’s politics of form. The Johannesburg Salon, volume 5: 80-85.
  • Olive Schreiner and the Labour of Writing.  English Academy Review 29: sup1, 159-173, 2012.
  • A Landscape with Objects: Private Game Reserves, Game Lodges and the ‘New Safari’ Social Dynamics, 36, 2: 288-301, 2010.
  • Notes for a Guide to the Ossuary. (with Noëleen Murray) African Studies, 68, 3: 373-389, 2009.
  • “The Social Lives of Handmade Things: configuring value in post-apartheid South Africa”. Social Dynamics 34 (2): 2008, 174-185.
  • Changing nature: A history of work on Table Mountain 1980-2000. In: Imagining the City: Memories, Space and Identity in Cape Town, Cape Town: HSRC Press, 2007.
  • “The Necessary Conjuction: Science and the Humanities”. Higgins, J. & Green, L. in Scrutiny 212 (1): 2007, 174-185.
  • “The Language of Dogs”. Current Writing 18 (1): 2006, 103-118.
  • “Burial Grounds: Sacred Sites and Heritage in Post-Apartheid Cape Town”. Green, L. & Murray, N. 2004/05 (Guest Editors) Special Issue Journal of Islamic Studies  Vol 24 & 25.
  • “Olive Schreiner and the Labour of Writing”. English Academy Review 20: 54-98.
  •  The Unhealed Wound: Olive Schreiner’s Expressive Art.  Pretexts – studies in writing and culture 6(1): 21-34, 1996.



  • 2020: Leslie Swartz ‘How I Lost my Mother’ (Memoir) [co-supervision with Shaun Viljoen]
  • 2019: Maureen Amimo. ‘Poetics & Politics in Contemporary African Travel Writing’ [Joint supervisions with Grace Musila]
  • 2018: Jackie Ojiambo. ‘Films by Kenyan Women Directors as National Allegories’ [Joint supervision with Dawid de Villiers]
  • 2017: Eve Nabulya.  ‘Eco-communitarianism: A Poetics of the Environment in East African Literature’ [Joint supervision with Tilla Slabbert]
  • 2013: Philip Aghoghovwia.  ‘Ecocriticism and the Oil Encounter: Readings from the Niger Delta.’
  • 2013: Riaan Oppelt. C. ‘Louis Leipoldt and the Making of South African Modernism.’
  • 2013: Delphi Carstens.  ‘Uncovering the Apocalypse: Narratives of Collapse and Transformation in the 21st Century Fin de Siècle.’
  • 2012: Annel Pieterse.  ‘Language Limits: The dissolution of the lyric subject in experimental print and performance poetry’


  • 2015: Louis Roux. ‘Nihil Moralia’
  • 2015: Jana Lorraine Pretorius. Exploring Ekphrasis in South African Post-Apartheid Fiction’.
  • François Olivier. ‘A Queer (Re)Turn to Nature? Environment, Sexuality and Cinema.
  • 2012: Jaco ‘Deconstructing Death: Secular Expeditions to the Undiscovered Country’.