CFP: Bessie Head, a special issue of English in Africa

Call for papers: Bessie Head, a special issue of English in Africa, vol. 50, no. 3 (November 2023)

Guest Editor: Sandile Ngidi

English in Africa will be hosting a special issue on the works of Bessie Head to commemorate what would have been her 85th birthday in 2023. Submissions are invited on all aspects of Head’s life and work, but those concerned with the relationship between her writing and twentieth century social and political thought, or with the place of her fiction within a world literature in English would be particularly welcome.

Please send abstracts of between 250 and 500 words to and before 31 December 2022. Papers (of between 6000 and 8000 words) would be due at the end of February 2023. Authors are also welcome to contact the guest editor with expressions of interest.

About English in Africa
English in Africa was founded in 1974 to provide a forum for the study of African literature in English. It is published three times a year by the Institute for the Study of the Englishes of Africa (ISEA) at Rhodes University, South Africa. English in Africa places particular emphasis on new or under-researched areas in African literature, and has tended to favour historical rather than theoretical modes of enquiry. Submissions are reviewed anonymously by members of English in Africa’s Editorial Board and other prominent scholars.