Wicomb, Zoë

About Zoë Wicomb

Author Details (Scottish Book Trust)

Biography (Africa is a Country)

"Yale awards $1.35 Million to Nine Writers." Yale News, 4 Mar. 2013



Nthunya, Manosa. "Zoë Wicomb: A Lesson in Reading." City Press, 21 May 2019

Livesey, Janet Mary. "October by Zoë Wicomb." World Literature Today, Sep. 2014

Driver, Dorothy. "The One that Got Away by Zoë Wicomb." English in Africa, vol. 37, no. 2, Oct. 2010

Mukherjee, Bharati. "They Never Wanted to Be Themselves." The New York Times, 24 May 1987



Van der Vlies, Andrew. "Zoë Wicomb in Conversation with Andrew van der Vlies." The Johannesburg Review of Books, 14 Jan. 2019

Mengel, Ewald. "Washing Dirty Linen in Public: An Interview with Zoë Wicomb." Matatu, vol. 38, no. 1, 2010

Mayer, Stephan, and Thomas Oliver. "Zoë Wicomb Interviewed on Writing and Nation." Journal of Literary Studies, vol. 18, no. 1/2, 2002

Willemse, Hein. "Zoë Wicomb in Conversation with Hein Willemse." Research in African Literatures, vol. 33, no. 1, 2002



Duncan, Rebecca. South African Gothic: Anxiety and Creative Dissent in the Post-Apartheid Imagination and Beyond, 2018

Giffel, Kaelie. "Historical Violence and Modernist Forms in Zoë Wicomb's David's Story." Twentieth Century Literature, vol. 64, no. 1, 2018

Phiri, Aretha. "Black, White and Everything in-between: Unravelling the Times with Zoë Wicomb." English in Africa, vol. 45, no. 2, 2018

Eastley, Aaron. "Diasporic Transnationalism in Zoë Wicomb's The One That Got Away and October." Research in African Literatures, vol. 48, no. 4, 2017

Easton, Kai, and Derek Attridge. Zoë Wicomb & the Translocal: Writing Scotland & South Africa, 2017

Negri, Alexandra. "Gendered Inclusions and Exclusions in Zoë Wicomb's David's Story." Current Writing, vol. 29, no. 2, 2017

Ngwira, Emmanuel. "Gendering the Transnational: History, Migration, and Material Culture in Zoë Wicomb's The One That Got Away and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's The Thing Around Your Neck." Social Dynamics, vol. 43, no. 2, 2017

Wiegandt, Kai. "Guilt, Shame and the Politics of Moral Change in Antjie Krog's and Zoë Wicomb's Literary Responses to South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission." Journal of Postcolonial Writing, vol. 53, no. 4, 2017

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

Samuelson, Meg. "Reading Nostalgia and Beyond: The Hermeneutics of Suspicion and Race; and, Learning to Read, Again, with Zoë Wicomb." English in Africa, vol. 43, no. 3, 2016

Dunton, Chris. "Sara Baartman and the Ethics of Representation." Research in African Literatures, vol. 46, no. 2, 2015

Manus, Vicki Briault. "The Aesthetics of Indigenization in Post-Apartheid Black South African Literature." Cross/Cultures: Readings in the Post/ Colonial Literatures in English, vol. 179, Kuorotti and Falk (eds.), 2014

Baderoon, Gabeba. "The Ghost in the House: Women, Race, and Domesticity in South Africa." Cambridge Journal of Postcolonial Literary Inquiry, vol. 1, no. 2, 2014

Herrero, Dolores. "Plight Versus Right: Trauma and the Process of Recovering and Moving Beyond the Past in Zoë Wicomb's Playing in the Light." Trauma in Contemporary Literature: Narrative and Representation, Calvo and Nadal (eds.), 2014

Moonsamy, Nedine. "Spectral Citizenry: Reflections of the 'Post-transitional' in Contemporary South African Literature." English Studies in Africa, vol. 57, no. 2, 2014

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

Van der Vlies, Andrew. "'I'm only Grateful that It's not A Cape Town Book.', or: Zoë Wicomb, Textuality, Propriety, and the Proprietary." Journal of Commonwealth Literature, vol. 48, no. 1, 2013

Dass, Minesh. "'Amanuensis' and 'Steatopygia': The Complexity of 'Telling the Tale' in Zoë Wicomb's David's Story." English in Africa, vol. 38, no. 2, 2011

Olaussen, Maria. "Generation and Complicity in Zoë Wicomb's Playing in the Light." Cross/ Cultures: Exit: Endings and New Beginnings in Literature and Life, vol. 130, Helgesson (ed.), 2011

Daymond, M.J. "'Inventing a New Language for Reconstructing Ourselves': Zoë Wicomb's South African Fiction." Sri Lanka Journal of English in the Commonwealth, vol. 8, no. 1-12, 2011

Driver, Dorothy. "The Struggle Over the Sign: Writing and History in Zoë Wicomb's Art." Journal of Southern African Studies, vol. 36, no. 3, 2010

Kossew, Sue. "Re-Reading the Past: Monuments, History and Representation in Short Stories by Ivan Vladislavic and Zoë Wicomb." Journal of Southern African Studies, vol. 36, no. 3, 2010

Graham, Shane. South African Literature after the Truth Commission: Mapping Loss, 2009

Deb, Basuli. "Turning a Deaf Ear: Women's Wounds in Truth Reconciliation." Healing South African Wounds/Guérir les blessures de l'Afrique du Sud, , Teulié and Joseph-Vilain (eds.), 2009

Barry, Benita. "The Presence of the Past in Peripheral Modernities." Beyond the Black Atlantic: Relocating Modernization and Technology, Goebel and Schabio (eds.), 2006

Attridge, Derek. "Zoë Wicomb's Home Truths." Journal of Postcolonial Writing, vol. 41, no. 2, 2005

Nkosi, Lewis. "The Republic of Letters after the Mandela Republic." Still Beating the Drum: Critical Perspectives on Lewis, Stiebel and Gunner (eds.), 2005

Richards, Constance S. "Nationalism and the Development of Identity in Postcolonial Fiction: Zoë Wicomb and Michelle Cliff." Research in African Literatures, vol. 36, no. 1, 2005

Lenta, Patrick. "The Tikoloshe and the Reasonable Man: Transgressing South African Legal Fictions." Law and Literature, vol. 16, no. 3, 2004

Driver, Dorothy. "Transformation through Art: Writing, Representation, and Subjectivity in Recent South African Fiction." World Literature Today, vol. 70, no. 1, 1996

Gaylard, Rob. "Exile and Homecoming: Identity in Zoë Wicomb's You Can't Get Lost in Cape Town." ARIEL, vol. 27, no. 1, 1996

Viola, André. "Zoë Wicomb's You Can't Get Lost in Cape Town: A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Coloured Girl." Short Fiction in the New Literatures in English, Bardolph (ed.), 1989




October (2014)

Playing in the Light (2008)

David's Story (2002)


Short Story Collections

The One that Got Away (2009)

You Can't Get Lost in Cape Town (1987)


Essays/Articles/Non-Fiction/Short Stories

Race, Nation, Translation (2018)

"Nelson Mandela." The New Yorker, 2013

"Culture beyond Color? A South African Dilemma." African Literature, 2007

"My Name is Hannah: Arthur Nortje Memorial Lecture." English Academy Review, vol. 22, 2005

"Setting Intertextuality and the Resurrection of the Postcolonial." Journal of Postcolonial Writing, vol. 41, no. 2, 2005

"South African Short Fiction and Orality." Telling Stories, 2001

"Five Afrikaner Texts and the Rehabilitation and Whiteness." Social Identities, vol. 4, no. 3, 1998

"Shame and Identity: The Case of the Coloured in South Africa." Writing South Africa: Literature, Apartheid and Democracy: 1970-1995, 1998

Brink, André, Wicomb, Zoë and Mazisi Kunene. "South African Writers and the Problem of Languages." Commonwealth Essays and Studies, vol. 16, no. 1, 1993

"Nation, Race and Ethnicity: Beyond the Legacy of Victims." Current Writing, vol. 4, no. 1, 1992

"To Hear the Variety of Discourses." Current Writing, vol. 2, no. 1, 1990


Audio and Audiovisual Material

Zoë Wicomb at the Dunde Literary Salons: Part 1. Vimeo, 19 Jun. 2009

Zoë Wicomb at the Dunde Literary Salons: Part 2. Vimeo, 17 Jun. 2009