Tlali, Miriam

About Miriam Tlali

Biography (South African History Online)

Biography (The Presidency)

Bibliography (Women’s Words)

“Celebrating the late Miriam Masoli Tlali.” YouTube, 2017

Stilwell, Christine, and Elenor Tsakane. “Miriam Tlali Passes Away.”  2017

"South African Literary Icon Turns 80.“ YouTube, 2013

Hunter, Eva. “Miriam Tlali.” South African Writers, 2000

Ngcobo, Lauretta. “Miriam Tlali.” Twentieth-Century Caribbean and Black African Writers, 1996

Rive, Richard. “Miriam Tlali.” Index on Censorship, 1984

Obituary (The Conversation)



“Muriel at Metropolitan.” Sister Namibia, vol. 28, no. 1, 2016

Harlow, Barbara. “Women Writing Africa: The Southern Region/The Cry of Winnie Mandela/Between Two Worlds/Kimberline Flame.” Race & Class, vol. 47, no. 1, 2005

Stratton, Florence. “Books Reviewed: Soweto Stories.” Journal of Southern African Studies, vol. 16, no. 2, 1990



“Multicultural Voices (Book Review).” Journal of Commonwealth Literature, vol. 35, no. 1, 2000

Bernabeu, Idilia, and Brian Worsfold. “In Conversation with Miriam Tlali.” Multi-Cultural Voices, Wordsfold (ed.), 1998

Dean, Jeanette. “Interview with Miriam Tlali.” New Literatures Review, vol. 27, 1994

Lee, Sonia. “Conversation with Miriam Tlali.” African Literature Association Bulletin, vol. 17, no. 3, 1991

Neumann, Anne Waldron. “Between the Lines: Interviews with Bessie Head, Sheila Roberts, Ellen Kuzwayo, Miriam Tlali.” Research in African Literatures, vol. 22, no. 1, 1991

Lockett, Cecily. “An Interview with Miriam Tlali.” Southern African Review of Books, Jun./Jul. 1989

Granqvist, Raoul, and John Stotesbury. African Voices: Interviews with Thirteen African Writers. 1989

Schipper, Mineke. “Interview with Miriam Tlali (South Africa).” Unheard Words, 1985



Le Roux, Elizabeth. “Miriam Tlali and Ravan Press: Politics and Power in Literary Publishing during the Apartheid Period.” Journal of Southern African Studies, vol. 44, no. 3, 2018

Boswell, Barbara. “Rewriting Apartheid South Africa: Race and Space in Miriam Tlali and Lauretta Ngcobo’s Novels.” Gender, Place & Culture, vol. 23, no. 9, 2016

Androne, Mary Jane. “Writing Apartheid: Miriam Tlali’s Soweto Stories.” African Literature Today, vol. 31, 2013

Cullhed, Christina. Grappling with Patriarchies: Narrative Strategies of Resistance in Miriam Tlali’s Writings, 2006

Govinden, Betty. “‘Claiming the Right to Speak’: With Particular Reference to Miriam Tlali and Her Footprints in the Quag.” The Dancing Dwarf from the Land of Spirits, Smit (ed.), 1999

Omokore, Omosade Olusola. “The Image of Women in Miriam Tlali’s Amandla.” Bridges, vol. 6, 1995

Geertsema, Johan. “Fictionalization, Conscientization and the Trope of Exile in Amandla and Third Generation.” Literator, vol. 14, no. 3, 1993

Hunter, Eva. “‘A Mother Is Nothing but a Backbone’: Women, Tradition and Change in Miriam Tlali’s Footprints in the Quag.” Current Writing, vol. 5, no. 1, 1993

Lenta, Margaret. “Two Women and Their Territories: Sheila Roberts and Miriam Tlali.” Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature, vol. 11, no. 1, 1992

Lockett, Cecily. “The Fabric of Experience: A Critical Perspective on the Writing of Miriam Tlali.” Women and Writing in South Africa, Clayton (ed.), 1989

Alvarez-Pereyre, Jacques. “Images of Power in the South African Novel: The Novels of Miriam Tlali.” Matatu, vol. 2, no. 3–4, 1988

Sole, Kelwyn. “The Days of Power: Depictions of Politics and Community in Four Recent South African Novels.” Research in African Literatures, vol. 19, no. 1, 1988




Footprints in the Quag (1989)

Amandla (1980)

Muriel at Metropolitan (1975)


Essays/Articles/Non-Fiction/Short Stories

“The Dominant Tone of Black South African Writing.” Criticism and Ideology, Petersen (ed.), 1986

“Remove the Chains.” Index on Censorship, vol. 13, no. 6, Dec. 1984

Mihloti (1984)


Audio and Audiovisual Material

21 Icons: Miriam Tlali – Short Film. YouTube, 8 Dec. 2014