Nicole Devarenne

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Lecturer in English



I am a Lecturer in English and Film Studies with special interests in the following areas:

  • South African literature and film
  • postcolonial science fiction and speculative fiction
  • ecocriticism
  • postcolonial women's writing
  • literature in 'vernacular' linguistic varieties
  • creative writing (particularly poetry and fiction)

I am a member of the Scottish Centre for Global History:

Twitter: @DevarenneNicole


Research Interests

South African literature and film; postcolonial science fiction and speculative fiction; ecocriticism; postcolonial women's writing; literature in 'vernacular' linguistic varieties; creative writing (particularly poetry and fiction).

AHRC funded studentships are available in my research area - more details

I am a member of the Scottish Centre for Global History:


Selected Publications

‘Complicity, Entanglement and Translation: Three English/Afrikaans Texts’, Journal of Commonwealth Literature, 48.1 (March 2013), 61-76.

‘The Language of Ham and the Language of Cain: 'Dialect' and Linguistic Hybridity in the Work of Adam Small’, Journal of Commonwealth Literature, 45:3 (September 2010), 389-408

‘Nationalism and the Farm Novel in South Africa, 1883-2004’, Journal of Southern African Studies, 35:3 (September 2009), 627-42

‘‘A Language Heroically Commensurate with His Body’: Fascism, Nationalism, and the Language of the Superhero Comic’, International Journal of Comic Art, 10:1 (Spring 2008), 48-54

‘‘In Hell You Hear Only Your Mother Tongue’: Afrikaner Nationalist Ideology, Linguistic Subversion, and Cultural Renewal in Marlene van Niekerk's Triomf’, Research in African Literatures, 37:4 (November 2006), 105-20

‘Communicating with Agaat’, London Review of Books, 27:15 (August 2005), 37-8



I am the module organiser for 'EN42024: South African Literature and Film, 1883--Present'

I am the academic leader for the new MLitt in Science Fiction.

I teach on interdisciplinary modules 'HY21003: The Great War and History: Debates and Perspectives' and 'HU12001: The Globalising World' as well as a number of English and film modules.