Prof Tina Steiner

Associate Professor
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African fiction; Translation studies; Postcolonial literature; Migration and Diaspora Studies; Eastern Africa and the Indian Ocean.


An enduring interest in African literature has fundamentally shaped my professional research trajectory and I remain committed to exploring the way in which African cultural expression engages with and shapes its place in the world. I welcome topics for supervision in the following areas: African fiction; Translation studies; Postcolonial literature; Migration and Diaspora Studies; Eastern Africa and the Indian Ocean.


EDITED Collections
  • Forthcoming: Special Journal Issue on ‘Indian Ocean Trajectories’ Eastern African Literary and Cultural Studies, 2018, Co-edited with Evan Mwangi.
  • Special Journal Issue on ‘Critical Perspectives on Abdulrazak Gurnah’ English Studies in Africa 56 (1), May 2013. Co-edited with Maria Olaussen.
  • ‘Writing in the ‘Contact Zone’: The Problem of Post-Colonial Literary Translation. Reading Tsitsi Dangarembga’s novel Nervous Conditions in German’. Writing Back In/And Translation. Ed. Raoul Granqvist. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 2006.
  • The Stranger’s Gaze:  Defamiliarizing the Local in Hawa J. Golakai’s The Lazarus Effect and The Score in Jahrbuch für Internationale Germanistik 2017, eds.  Carlotta von Maltzan and Michaela Holdenried.
  • ‘A Vagabond on the Road: the pressure of genre in Nadifa Mohamed’s novel Black Mamba Boy” in African Studies, 2016, eds. Grace Musila and Dina Ligaga.
  • ‘Traversing Social Landscapes: Plaatje’s Mhudi and Community’ in English in Africa, Special Issue on Community, 2014. Ed. Dirk Klopper,
  • “Dwelling-in-Travel”: Of Ships, Trains and Planes in M.G. Vassanji’s Fiction’ in East African Literature and Culture (1.1), 2014. Eds. Gadwin Siundu &Tom Odhiambo.
  • ‘Writing on and over the edge of community: Sophia Mustafa’s In the Shadow of Kirinyaga‘ Kunapipi Vol.XXXIV, (1), 2013. Ed. Anne Collett. Associate Eds. Grace Musila &Maria Olaussen.
  • ‘The Indian Ocean travels of Sheikh Yusuf and Imam Ali Ali: literary representations in Ishtiyaq Shukri’s The Silent Minaret and Achmat Dangor’s Bitter Fruit‘ Social Dynamics (38.2), 2012. Eds. Gabeba Baderoon and Louise Green.
  • ‘Translating between India and Tanzania: Sophia Mustafa’s partial cosmopolitanism’ Research in African Literatures (42.3), 2011. Ed. Gaurav Desai.
  • ‘Writing “Wider Worlds”: The Role of Relation in Abdulrazak Gurnah’s Fiction’ Research in African Literatures (41.3), 2010. Eds. Peter Mwikisa and Mary Lederer.
  • ‘Of cracked lenses: cultural translation, opacity and the African novel’ Social Dynamics (36.2), 2010. Eds. Harry Garuba, Cheryl-Ann Michael and Meg Samuelson.
  • ‘Navigating Multilingually: The chronotope of the ship in contemporary East African fiction’ English Studies in Africa (51.2), 2008. Ed Michael Titlestad.
  • ‘Strategic Nostalgia, Islam and Cultural Translation in Leila Aboulela’s Fiction’. Current Writing 20 (2), 2008. Ed. Duncan Brown.
  • ‘Of Translators, Travellers and Readers: The Transmission of Knowledge in Contexts of Power in Jamal Mahjoub’s The Carrier (1998)’. English Academy Review: Southern African Journal of English Studies 25 (1) 2008.
  • ‘Pockets of Connection against the Backdrop of ‘Culture Talk’ in Ishtiyaq Shukri’s The Silent Minaret’Current Writing 19 (1) 2007.
  • ‘Mimicry or Translation? Storytelling and Migrant Identity in Abdulrazak Gurnah’s novels Admiring Silence and By the Sea. Special Edition of The Translator Ed. Loredana Polezzi. St. Jerome, 2006.
  • ‘The Pull Between Old and New Communities in M.G. Vassanji’s Novels of Migration’. Canadian Review of Comparative Literature. Special Issue on African Literature. Eds. Esonwanne, Garuba, Nai’Allah, 2005.
  • Review of The Grammar of Identity. Safundi. 13 (3-4) 2012.
  • Review of Afropolitanism. Imbizo 3 (1) 2012.
  • Review of In Babel’s Shadow: Multilingual Literatures, Monolingual States. Translation Studies 5 (2), 2012: 259-262.
  • Review of Migrant Form. English Academy Review: Southern African Journal of English Studies 28 (2) 2011.
  • Review of A New Generation of African Writing. Language, Migration and Material Culture. English Academy Review: Southern African Journal of English Studies 25 (1) 2010.
  • Review of At Risk: Writing on and over the Edge of South Africa. English Academy Review: Southern African Journal of English Studies 25 (1) 2008.
  • Review of The Portable Bunyan: A Transnational History of The Pilgrims Progress. Social Dynamics 30 (1), 2004: 224-225.
  • Entry on ‘Leila Aboulela’. Dictionary of African Biography, Eds: Henry Louise Gates, Jr. and Emmanuel K. Akyeampong, 2011.
  • Entry on ‘Abdulrazak Gurnah’. Dictionary of African Biography, Eds: Henry Louise Gates, Jr. and Emmanuel K. Akyeampong, 2011.
  • Entry on ‘M.G. Vassanji’. Dictionary of African Biography, Eds: Henry Louise Gates, Jr. and Emmanuel K. Akyeampong, 2011



  • 2010: Adri Goosen. Thesis title: ‘Stealing the Story, Salvaging the She’: Feminist Revisionist Fiction and the Bible. Distinction.
  • 2013: Randi Rodgers. Thesis title: ‘Identity and Education in the Novels by Tsitsi Dangarembga and Kopano Mtlwa’ 
  • 2014: Nicole Eberhardt. Thesis title: ‘Narrating Alternative Histories: An Exploration of Jamal Mahjoub’s The Carrier and Amitav Ghosh’s In An Antique Land’.  Distinction.


  • 2017: Mohammad Bandile Shabangu. Thesis title: ‘Globality: The Double Bind of African Migrant Writing’ (joint supervisor).
  • 2017: Serah Kasembeli. ‘The Ghost of Memory: Literary Representations of Slavery in Post-Apartheid South Africa’ (joint supervisor).
  • 2017: Adri Marais. Thesis title: ‘Ever Other: Unsettling Subjects in Contemporary Revisions of Fairy Tales’ (joint supervisor).
  • 2015: Phenyo Butale. Thesis title: ‘Discourses of Poverty: Assessing representations of indigence in post-colonial texts from Botswana, Namibia and Zimbabwe’ (joint supervisor).
  • 2014: Chantelle Gray Van Heerden. Thesis title: ‘Translation as/in Critique: Ingrid Winterbach’s oeuvre in Afrikaans and English’ (joint supervisor)
  • 2014: Kimani Kaigai. Thesis title: ‘Travelling to Strange Lands: Migrant Aesthetics in Abdulrazak Gurnah’s Fiction’ (sole supervisor).
  • 2014: Danson Kahyana. Thesis title: ‘Negotiating (Trans)National Identities in Ugandan Literature’ (main supervisor).
  • 2013: James Ocita. Thesis title: ‘Diasporic Imaginaries: memory and negotiation of belonging in East African and South African Indian Narratives’ (co-supervisor).
  • 2013: Sydoine Moudouma Moudouma. Thesis title: ‘Intra-and Inter-Continental Migration in Contemporary African Literature’ (sole supervisor).