New network member Fiona Moolla

F. Fiona Moolla is a lecturer in the English Department at the University of the Western Cape, South Africa. 


Against a broader interest in African and Postcolonial literature and culture, Fiona recently has focused her attention on personal relationships, especially romantic love in African modes of expression. African discourses on eros suggest the following nodes for study, all of which are currently being explored by the researcher –the preoccupation with romantic love over kinship relationships in a transition to modernity, the nexus of romantic love and marriage, romance as national and transnational allegory, African popular romance, and romance and materialism. Her publications to date in this area include the following journal articles and book chapters:  

  • “Her Heart Lies at the Feet of the Mother: Transformations of the Romance Plot in Leila Aboulela’s Minaret.” The African Journal of Gender and Religion, Vol 27, No 2.   
  • “In the heart of the country: the auto/biographies of Ayesha Dawood and Fatima Meer.” Social Dynamics. 46.1, 2020.  
  • “The Polygynous Household in Lola Shoneyin’s The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives: A Haven in a Heartless World.” ARIEL – A Review of International English Literature. 48.1, 2017. 
  • “Time, Space, Love in Amitav Ghosh’s The Glass Palace” in The Culture Chromosome: Time, Space and Transculturality in Amitav Ghosh’s Fiction edited by Asis De and Alessandro Vescovi, Brill, 1 November 2021.  
  • “Foundational Fictions: Variations of the Marriage Plot in Flora Nwapa’s early Anglophone-Igbo Novels.” In Routledge Handbook of African Literature edited by Carli Coetzee and Moradewun Adejunmobi. London: Routledge, 2019. 
  • “Eros and Self-Realization: Zora Neale Hurston’s Janie and Flora Nwapa’s Efuru.”Langston Hughes Review, special issue, “Black Love”. Vol. 26, no. 1, 2020.  
  • “Plotting Marriage and Love in Elechi Amadi’s The Concubine: Extended Realism in the African Novel.”  Postcolonial Text 14.1, 2019.  
  • “Romance as Epistemological Aesthetic in the Fiction of Ahdaf Soueif.” African Literature Today 35. Special Issue: Focus on Africa. 72-88. Woodbridge, Suffolk: James Currey, 2017.
  • “Love in a State of Fear: Reflections on Intimate Relations in Nuruddin Farah’s Dictatorship Novels.” Journal of the African Literature Association. Special issue, Texts, Modes and Repertoires of Living in and Beyond Apartheid. 10.1, 2016.

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