Mary West

Membership Number: SAF03627

Contact Details

Home Phone:0413661703
Cell Phone:0842154455
City:Port Elizabeth
Province:Eastern Cape

Profession Details

Media:Books, Newspapers
Speciality:Academic, Culture, Fiction, Politics
Profession:Editor, Illustrator, Proofreader, Trainer/Lecturer, Transcriptionist, Writer


I am a professor emiritus at Nelson Mandela University. I opted for early retirement, age 55, in 2017. My career spans 30 years of teaching and research in English Literature. In 2006 I obtained a D.Litt, and the thesis was published in 2009 by David Philip, New Africa Books. Entitled White Women Writing White, it remains a seminal contribution to the study of inherited white priviege, as it emerges in postcolonial South African identity politics.

In the last two decades I have supervised and externally examined many postgraduate projects. Most have involved research in the fields of race, gender and sexuality. I have also published a significant number of articles in acrredited research journals on these topics. 

Curriculum development in Creative Writing, cultural studies and the decolonising of Englsh literature, forms a major part of my contribution to the academy, from first year through to Honours.

I would like to continue contributing to writing in general as a powerful way of communicating. My post-professional life has included creative embroidary in which I attempt to weave together strands of social justice in pictorial metaphors.

These aspects of my personal biography, I trust, show my commitment to assisting others to reach their full potential as researchers and writers.

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