Head, Bessie Amelia

About Bessie Amelia Head

Biography (South African History Online)

Biography (Encyclopædia Britannica)

Biography (Black Past)

Bessy Head Heritage Trust

Nazareth, Peter. “Path of Thunder: Meeting Bessie Head.” Research in African Literatures, vol. 37, no. 4, 2006



Billingslea-Brown, Alma Jean. “New Codes of Honor and Human Values in Bessie Head’s When Rain Clouds Gather.” South Atlantic Review, vol. 75, no. 2, 2011

Bass, Patrik Henry. “Books We’d Make into a Movie.” Essence, vol. 39, no. 11, 2011

Patke, Rajeev S. “Method and Madness in A Question of Power and Wide Sargasso Sea.” Journal of Caribbean Literatures, vol. 4, no. 1, 2005

Newson, Adele S. “World Literature in Review: South Africa.” World Literature Today, vol. 68, no. 4, 1994

MacKenzie, Craig. “Book Reviews.” Journal of Southern African Studies, vol. 19, no. 2, 1993

Benton, Jacquelyn. “A Tribute to Bessie Head.” Africa Today, vol. 40, no. 1, 1993

Dovies, Carole Boyce. “A Woman Alone: Autobiographical Writings.” Research in African Literatures, vol. 23, no. 1, 1992

Nazareth, Peter. “World Literature in Review: South Africa.” World Literature Today, vol. 66, no. 2, 1992

Sample, Maxine. “Landscape and Spatial Metaphor in Bessie Head's The Collector of Treasures.” Studies in Short Fiction, vol. 28, no. 3, 1991

Thorpe, M. “A Bewitched Crossroad: An African Saga.” World Literature Today, vol. 60, no. 1, 1986

Kunene, Daniel P. “Serowe, Village of the Rainwind.” World Literature Today, vol. 57, no. 1, 1983

Rubenstein, Roberta. “A Question of Power.” New Republic, vol. 170, no. 17, 1974



“Bessie Head's Australian Interviews.” Writers in Conversation, vol. 7, no. 2, 2020

Lederer, Mary S. In Conversation with Bessie Head, 2019

With Craig MacKenzie. Between the Lines: Interviews with Bessie Head, Sheila Roberts, Ellen Kuzwayo, Miriam Tlali, 1989

Beard, Linda Susan. “Bessie Head in Gaborone, Botswana: An Interview.” SAGE, vol. 3, no. 2, 1986



Kruger, Liam. “Gestures of Belonging: Disability and Postcoloniality in Bessie Head's A Question of Power.” Modern Fiction Studies, vol. 65, no. 1, 2019

Davis, Caroline. “A Question of Power: Bessie Head and her Publishers.” Journal of Southern African Studies, vol. 44, no. 3, 2018

Moosavinia, Sayyed Rahim, and Sayyede Maryam Hosseini. “Liminality, Hybridity and ‘Third Space:’ Bessie Head’s A Question of Power.” Neohelicon, vol. 45, no. 1, 2018

Dyck, Denae, and Tim Heath. “Garden-Variety Holiness: Bessie Head's 'Reverence for Ordinary People' in A Question of Power.” ARIEL, vol. 49, no. 1, 2017

Rooks, Elinor. “Picking Up the Pieces: Embodied Theory in Bessie Head's A Question of Power.” Pivot, vol. 6, no. 1, 2017

Goodhead, Dokubo Melford. “The Discourse of Sustainable Farming and the Environment in Bessie Head's When Rain Clouds Gather.” Legon Journal of the Humanities, vol. 28, no. 1, 2017

El-Malik, Shiera S. “Against Epistemic Totalitarianism: The Insurrectional Politics of Bessie Head.” Journal of Contemporary African Studies, vol. 32, no. 4, 2014

Pucherova, Dobrota. “A Romance That Failed: Bessie Head and Black Nationalism in 1960s South Africa.” Research in African Literatures, vol. 42, no. 2, 2011

Coundouriotis, Eleni. “An 'Internationalism of the Planted Earth': The Literary Origins of Bessie Head's Idea of the Village.” Comparative Literature Studies, vol. 48, no. 1, 2011

Dieke, Ikenna. “Bessie Head's Maru: Identity, Pathology, and the Construction of Difference.” Western Journal of Black Studies, vol. 31, no. 2, 2007

Margree, Victoria. “Wild Flowers: Bessie Head on Life, Health and Botany.” Paragraph, vol. 27, no. 3, 2004

Sample, Maxine (ed.). Critical Essays on Bessie Head, 2003

Eilersen, Gillian Stead. Bessie Head, Thunder Behind Her Ears: Her Life and Writing, 1995



Autobiography/Life Writing

Imaginative Trespasser: Letters between Bessie Head and Patrick and Wendy Cullinan 1963-1977, Cullinan (ed.), 2005

A Gesture of Belonging: Letters from Bessie Head, 1965-1979, Vigne (ed.), 1991

A Woman Alone: Autobiographical Writings, McKenzie (ed.), 1990



The Cardinals, with Meditations and Short Stories (1993)

Tales of Tenderness and Power (1989)

A Bewitched Crossroad: An African Saga (1984)

Serowe, Village of the Rain Wind (1981)

A Question of Power (1973)

Maru (1971)

When Rain Clouds Gather (1968)


Short Story Collections

With Ngũgĩ wa Thiongʼo: To Stir the Heart: Four African Stories (2007)

The Lovers (1994)

The Collector of Treasures, and other Botswana Village Tales (1977)