Ruth S. Wenske
Contemporary African literature, particularly Anglophone literature and Realism
Postcolonial Theory and World Literature
Self-writing and the construction of collective identities through literary production
Critical Pedagogy, education, and conceptions of literacy in Africa
Oral culture as part of the educational system, esp. in the digital age
Discourse Ecologies: textual representations in the public sphere
Evaluating Education in Africa between Theory and Practice: A Case Study of Uganda. This project examines evaluations of the educational system in Uganda over the last decade through a dual perspective of discursive analysis and critical pedagogy.
Literature and Literacy as Modes of Education: an African Literary Perspective. This project approaches the duality of literacy/literature through the exchange between literary theory and educational practice, by examining the ways in which textual representations relate to oral practices in the public sphere – from novels to spoken word poetry to classroom decorations
2017-2018: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, The Glocal International Development Program / Davis Institute for International Relations, The Hebrew University, Jerusalem.
2016: Ph.D. in English Language and Literature, University of Haifa. Dissertation title: “"Maybe We Are Not Just Failing": Unknowability in the Self-Writing of African Realism.”
2008: M.A. in English Language and Literature, University of Haifa. Thesis title: "Balancing Dualities into a New World: Tradition and Change in Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart and Arrow of God."
"Adichie in Dialogue with Achebe: Balancing Dualities in Half of a Yellow Sun." 2016. Research in African Literatures, vol. 47, no .3, pp. 70-87. https://www.jstor.org/stable/10.2979/reseafrilite.47.3.05
With Manya Kagan. 2019. "The Work of Educational NGOs in Africa from the Perspective of Critical Pedagogy: A Case Study of Teacher Training in Burundi." In International Development in Africa: Between Theory and Practice, edited by Yonatan N. Gez, Reut Barak-Weekes, and Manya Kagan. Jerusalem: Pardes Publishing House, pp. 119-142. (Hebrew) https://www.pardes.co.il/?id=showbook&catnum=978-1-61838-534-5
"Beyond the Single Story of African Realism: Narrative Embedding in Half of a Yellow Sun." 2020. ARIEL: A Review of International English Literature, vol. 51, no. 4, pp. 125-154. https://muse.jhu.edu/article/765974
Accepted for publication:
"’Home is a Place in Time’: Fractals and Chronotopes in the Poetry of Safia Elhillo.” Journal of Postcolonial Writing (forthcoming 2021).
“Teacherly Aesthetics: Literature and Literacy in Binyavanga Wainaina’s Works." Tydskrif vir Letterkunde (forthcoming 2021).
"'I am a Creole, and Have Good Scotch Blood': Constructing Commonalities in The Wonderful Adventures of Mrs. Seacole in Many Lands.” Partial Answers: Journal of Literature and the History of Ideas (forthcoming 2021).
Articles or a non-academic audience:
“‘Creative Thinking, Bold Idea-ing, Do-it-yourselfing’: Literature and Education in Binyavanga Wainaina’s Works.” Africa in Words, 7 October 2019.
Book Review: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, That Thing Around Your Neck, in Haaretz Books (23 March 2011).
Book manuscript: Aesthetics of Unknowability: African Self-Writing Between Fiction and Reference
With Medadi Ssentanda. "Exploring the History of Teaching English in Uganda: Literacy and Local Languages in the Classroom Pre-1997."