Joubert, Elsa

About Elsa Joubert

Biography (South African History Online)

Obituary (New York Times)

Viljoen, Louise. “Obituary: Elsa Joubert (1922–2020).” Journal of Commonwealth Literature, vol. 55, no. 4, 2020

Bega, Sheree. "'Our Mother Was Exploited': Poppie Nongena Family Kept in Dark about Movie." IOL, 1 Feb. 2020

Wren, Christopher S. "Apartheid's Children: Afrikaner Writers Today." New York Times, 11 Oct. 1992



“Cul-de-sac: A Memoir.” Cape Librarian, vol. 64, no. 1, 2020

Toerien, Barend J. “South Africa.” World Literature Today, vol. 70, no. 1, 1996

Roberts, Sheila. “World Literature in Review: South Africa.” World Literature Today, vol. 68, no. 2, 1994

Toerien, Barend J. “Missionaris.” World Literature Today, vol. 63, no. 4, 1989

Poppie Nongena.” New Yorker, vol. 62, no. 1, 1986

Buckley, Jeanne, and Janet Fletcher. “Poppie Nongena.” Library Journal, vol. 110, no. 16, 1985

Toerien, Barend J. “Die laaste Sondag.“ World Literature Today, vol. 58, no. 4, 1984



Jansen, Ena. Like Family: Domestic Workers in South African History and Literature, 2019

Jacobs, J. U. Diaspora and Identity in South African Fiction, 2016

Siméus, Jenny. "Complex Collaborations: Elsa Joubert's The Long Journey of Poppie Nongena and Zoë Wicomb's David's Story." ARIEL, vol. 45, no. 1-2, 2014

Graham, Lucy Valerie. “’A Strange Antipathy’: Elsa Joubert and Poppie Nongena.” Bulletin of the National Library of South Africa, vol. 68, no. 2, 2014

Attridge, Derek. “'To Speak of This You Would Need the Tongue of a God': On Representing the Trauma of Township Violence.” Trauma, Memory, and Narrative in the Contemporary South African Novel, Mengel and Borzaga (eds.), 2012

Viljoen, Louise. “Nationalism, Gender and Sexuality in the Autobiographical Writing of two Afrikaner Women.” Social Dynamics, vol. 34, no. 2, 2008

Roos, Henriette. "Torn Between Islam and the Other: South African Novelists on Cross-Cultural Relationships." Journal of Literary Studies, vol. 21, no. 1-2, 2005

Penvenne, Jeanne. “Elsa Joubert’s Poppie Nongena.” African Novels in the Classroom, Hay (ed.), 2000

Wenzel, Marita. “The African Connection: Elsa Joubert's Journeys towards Selfhood and Commitment.” Current Writing, vol. 11, no. 2, 1999

Gready, Paul. “The Witness: Rian Malan's My Traitor's Heart and Elsa Joubert's Poppie.” Current Writing, vol. 7, no. 1, 1995

Dalven, Kristi. “Native Witness, White 'Translator': The Problematics of Tran/Scribing in Elsa Joubert's Poppie Nongena.” Violence, Silence, and Anger: Women's Writing as Transgression, Lashgari (ed.), 1995

Schalkwyk, David. “Elsa Joubert: Women and Domestic Struggle in Poppie Nongena.” Women and Writing in South Africa: A Critical Anthology, Clayton (ed.), 1989



Autobiography/Life Writing

Cul-de-sac (2019)

A Daughter of Africa: Writing Through the Apartheid Years (2017)

A Lion on the Landing: Memories of a South African Youth (2014)

Reisiger (2010)

n' Wonderlike Geweld (2005)



Isobelle’s Journey, original Afrikaans version published in 1995 (2002)

The Hunchback Missionary, original Afrikaans version published in 1988 (2014)

The Last Sunday, original Afrikaans version published in 1983 (1989)

The Long Journey of Poppie Nongena, original Afrikaans version published in 1978 (1980)

To Die at Sunset, original Afrikaans version published in 1963 (1963)


Short Story Collections

Dansmaat (1993)

The Four Friends and Other Tales from Africa (1987)


Children's and Young Adult's Book

The Four Friends (1987)



Christian Olwagen (dir./wri.) and Saartjie Botha (wri.). Poppie Nongena, 2019


Audio and Audiovisual Material

Acclaimed South African Writer Elsa Joubert Dies. YouTube, 14 Jun. 2020