African Studies Research Seminar - Week 1

The Afterlives of Dambudzo Marechera 

Convener: Professor Miles Larmer

Speaker: Tinashe Mushakavanhu


The famed author of The House of Hunger, number 207 in the African Writers Series, Dambudzo Marechera, died in Harare in August 1987. He entertained and mocked the counterculture that he helped create and made some enemies in Robert Mugabe's Zimbabwe. His spirit continues to linger because in death Marechera multiplied. His afterlife has been nearly as adventurous as his time in the mortal plane. But what does this teach us about reading contemporary Zimbabwe and its series of endless crises? 


Tinashe Mushakavanhu is a Junior Research Fellow in African & Comparative Literature at the Oxford Comparative Criticism and Translation (OCCT), St Anne's College. He holds a PhD in English from University of Kent (England) and completed postdoctoral work at University of the Witwatersrand (South Africa).

He has an interest in literary archives from southern Africa and interrogates issues to do with literary legacies. Apart from writing journal articles, book chapters, this work also manifests through a series of creative publications, exhibitions and digital humanities projects.


This presentation will be livestreamed on Teams, but it will not be possible for online attendees to participate in the discussion.

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