An experiment in reading for water, this book offers students and teachers a toolkit of methods that follow the sensory, political and agentive power of water across literary texts. The chapters in this book were originally published as a special issue of Interventions.
About the Author
Isabel Hofmeyr is Professor Emeritus at Wits University, based at WiSER and was Global Distinguished Professor at New York University from 2013 to 2022. Over the last three decades, she has pioneered research on global, oceanic and transnational forms of literary and cultural history that seek to understand Africa's place in the world. Her most recent book is Dockside Reading: Hydrocolonialism and the Custom House (2022). With Charne Lavery, she co-directs the Oceanic Humanities for the Global South platform (www.oceanichumanities.com).Charne Lavery is Senior Lecturer in the Department of English at the University of Pretoria. She is the author of Writing Ocean Worlds: Indian Ocean Fiction in English (2021), co-editor of Maritime Mobilities in Anglophone Literature and Culture (2023) and Reading from the South (2023), and co-editor of several special issues. She co-directs, with Isabel Hofmeyr, the Oceanic Humanities for the Global South platform (www.oceanichumanities.com).Sarah Nuttall is Professor of Literary and Cultural Studies at WiSER, Wits University. For a decade, from 2012 to 2022, she was the Institute's Director. She has taught at Yale and Duke Universities and in 2016 she was an Oppenheimer Fellow at the DuBois Institute at Harvard University. She is the author of Entanglement: Literary and Cultural Reflections on Postapartheid, editor of Beautiful/Ugly: African and Diaspora Aesthetics and Your History With Me: The Films of Penny Siopis and the co-editor of many books, including, most recently, Hinterlands: Extraction, Abandonment and Care and Reading From the South: African Print Cultures and Oceanic Turns in Isabel Hofmeyr's Work.