Govender, Ronnie

About Ronnie Govender

Biography (South African History Online)

Biography and Bibliography (Zulu Kingdom) (PDF)

"Recording a Petulant Soul." Mail & Guardian, 8 Jun. 2008



Roy, Modhumita. “What Memory Resists: Indenture, Apartheid, and the 'Memory-Work' of Reconstruction in Ronnie Govender's Black Chin, White Chin.” Relations and Networks in South African Indian Writing, Hand and Pujolràs-Noguer (eds.), 2018

Kruger, Anton, and Caroline Smart. “In the Manure: Memories and Reflections.” Biography, vol. 32, no. 1, 2009



Rajendra, Chetty. “Interview with Ronnie Govender.” At the Edge: The Writings of Ronnie Govender, 2017

Cele, Mwelela. "Ronnie Govender Interview." University of Durban-Westville Documentation Centre Oral History Project 'Voices of Resistance', 8 Jul. 2002



Chetty, Rajendra. “A Decolonial Reading of Ronnie Govender’s ‘Over My Dead Body’.” Journal of Literary Studies, vol. 36, no. 3, 2020

Stiebel, Lindy. “Made in Cato Manor: Ronnie Govender and the Fight to Preserve a Personal/Public Space.” Journal of Literary Studies, vol. 36, no. 3, 2020

Maithufi, Sope, and Rosemary Gray. “Revisiting Consciousness in Okri and Govender [Special Section].” Journal of Literary Studies, vol. 36, no. 3, 2020

Chetty, Rajendra. At the Edge: The Writings of Ronnie Govender, 2017

McNulty, Niall, and Lindy Stiebel. A Literary Guide to KwaZulu-Natal, 2017

Ocita, James. “Re-Membered Pasts, Dismembered Families: Fetishization of Indianness in Three Post-Apartheid Examples of South African Indian Fiction.” Matatu, vol. 48, no. 1, 2016

Chetty, Rajendra. “Transactional Memory in Ronnie Govender's At the Edge and other Cato Manor Stories.” English Academy Review, vol. 33, no. 1, 2016

Bose, Neilesh. “Performing History and Constructing ‘Culture’: Ronnie Govender's 1949 and the Romanticism of Historical Memory.” African Studies, vol. 74, no. 2, 2015

Chetty, Rajendra. “Resistance and Reconciliation: Post-1994 South African Indian Writings.” Modern African Literature, Gill (ed.), 2008

Mesthrie, Rajend. “Dialect Representation versus Linguistic Stereotype in Literature: Three Examples from Indian South African English.” Global Fragments: (Dis)Orientation in the New World Order, Bartels and Wiemann (eds.), 2007

Mesthrie, Rajend. “Assessing Representations of South African Indian English in Writing: An Application of Variation Theory.” Language Variation and Change, vol. 17, no. 3, 2005

Brown, Duncan. “Narrative, Memory and Mapping: Ronnie Govender's At the Edge and Other Cato Manor Stories.” Current Writing, vol. 17, no. 1, 2005



Autobiography/Life Writing

In the Manure: Memories and Reflections (2008)



Song of the Atman (2006)

The Lahnee's Pleasure [based on his play of the same name] (1975)


Short Story Collections

At the Edge and Other Cato Manor Stories (1996)



Interplay: A Collection of South African Plays (2005)

Your Own Dog Won't Bite You (1980s)

The Lahnee’s Pleasure (1972)

Beyond Calvary: I did it for my God  (1964)


Essays/Articles/Non-Fiction/Short Stories

“Community Upliftment in the Field of Sports.” Africa Quarterly, vol. 39, no. 3, 1999


Audio and Audiovisual Material

Profile of Ronnie Govender. YouTube, 21 Aug. 2017

Ronnie Govender's Your Own Dog Won't Bite You. YouTube, 18 Oct. 2015