Prof A. Chennels

/Prof A. Chennels

Prof. Chennels

Professor of Literature

Higher Education:1955-59  The University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa      B.A. (English and Political Science); B.A. Honours (English) and doctor of Philosophy, University of Zimbabwe. Courses being taught at Arrupe College -African Thought in African Literature I (APH 105), African Thought in African Literature II (APH 106), Classical Greek Drama (APH 203), Issues in Contemporary Literature (APH 204) Electives offered and taught in previous years include Literature and Migration, Women in African Literature, Religion in African Literature, Introduction to Shakespeare, Chinua Achebe: Thinker as Artist, Ngugi wa Thiong’o: Art and Political Ideology. Areas of interest: African Literature with particular emphasis on Southern African Literature. Postcolonial Literary Theory. Southern African biography and autobiogaphy.          


Recent Publications

“Imagining and Living the Exotic: A Context for Early Rhodesian Novels.” Journal of Literary Studies, 19, 2 (June 2003): 137-58.

With Flora Veit-Wild. “Anglophone Literature of Central Africa.” The Cambridge History of African and Caribbean Literature. Ed. F. Abiola Irele and Simon Gikandi. 2 vols. Cambridge: CUP, 2004. II 445-471.

“The Mimic Women: Early Women Novelists and White Southern African Nationalisms.” Historia, 49, 1 (May 2004): 71-88.

“John Eppel: an appreciation.”

“Self-representation and National Memory: White Autobiographies in Zimbabwe.” Versions of Zimbabwe: New Approaches to Literature and Culture. Ed. Robert Muponde and Ranka Primorac. Harare: Weaver Press, 2005, 131-44.

“The Poetry of Phillip Zhuwao.”

“The Grammar of Alienation in Waiting for the Rain.” Charles Mungoshi: A Critical Reader. Ed. Maurice T. Vambe and Memory Chirere. Harare: Prestige Books, 2006, 21-36.

“Representing Africa: Revisiting African Realism of the 1960s and 1970s.” English Academy Review, 23, 1 (2006): 48-58.

“‘Where to Touch Them?’ Representing the Ndebele in Zimbabwe Fiction.” Historia, 52, 1 (May, 2007): 69-97.

“White Rhodesia.” The Columbia Guide to Central African Literature in English Since 1945. By Adrian Roscoe with contributions by Anthony Chennells. New York: Columbia University Press, 2007, 21-37.

“White Rhodesian Poetry.” In The Columbia Guide to Central African Literature,  65-69.

“White Rhodesian Fiction.” In The Columbian Guide to Central African Literature,.


“N.H. Brettell.” In The Columbian Guide to Central African Literature,  89-90.

“Doris Lessing.” In The Columbian Guide to Central African Literature, pp. 142-4.

“Some Versions of Rhodesian Pastoral.” Beyond Nationalism: New Perspectives on Zimbabwean and Rhodesian Writing. Part One: 1890-1980, special issue of English Studies in Africa, 50, 1 (2007): 3-24.

“Great Zimbabwe in Rhodesian Fiction.” Zimbabwean Transitions: Essays on Zimbabwean Literature in English, Ndebele and Shona. Ed. Mbongeni V. Malaba and Geoffrey V. Davis. Matatu, Journal of African Culture Vol. 34. Amsterdam and New York: Rodopi, 2007, 1-24.

“The Authority of Presence: Reading Judith Todd’s Through the Darkness as  Diary.” The Power of Autobiography in Southern Africa, special issue part 1, Journal of Literary Studies, 25, 1 (March 2009): 98-114.

“Inculturated Catholicisms in Chimamanda Adichie’s Purple Hibiscus.”  English Academy Review, 26, 1 (May 2009): 15-26.

“Nationalism, Memory and History in Nineteenth-Century Britain: A Review Essay.” The Heythrop Journal, 51, 1 (January 2010): 86-91.

Doris Lessing. Dictionary of African Biography. 6 vols. Eds. Emmanuel K.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Ayeampong and Henry Louis Gates, Jnr. Oxford and New York, Oxford University Press, 2012. IV 493-5.

“Savages and Settlers in Dickens: Reading Multiple Centres.” Reprinted. Global Dickens:   A Library of Essays on Charles Dickens. Eds. John O. Jordan and  Nirshan Perera.. Farnham, Ashgate. (2012). 311-30. Originally published in Dickens and the Children of Empire. Ed. Wendy S. Jacobson. Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave, 2000.153-72

Voices of This Land: An Anthology of South African Poetry in English. Introduced by Anthony Chennells. Pretoria: van Schaik, 2013. xiii-xxix.

“Doris Lessing’s versions of Zimbabwe from The Golden Notebook to Alfred and Emily.” English Academy Review, 32, 2 (2015): 53-69.

The Sweetest Dream: Doris Lessing, Zimbabwe and Catholicism.” Journal of Southern African Studies, 42, 1 (2016): 111 – 125.