Prof. Isabel Hofmeyr

Intro

Isabel Hofmeyr is Professor of African Literature at the University of the Witwatersrand.

After her initial work in African Studies, she has turned to transnational topics, some of these focusing on Indian Ocean themes.

She has published widely in this latter area and recently completed a book Gandhi’s Printing Press.

Indian-Ocean related publications

Edited Books

  • Pamila Gupta, Isabel Hofmeyr Michael Pearson (eds), Eyes Across the Water: Navigating the Indian Ocean (Pretoria: UNISA Press/Delhi: Penguin India, 2010).
  • Isabel Hofmeyr and Michelle Williams (eds), South Africa and India: Shaping the Global South (Johannesburg: Witwatersrand University Press, 2011).

Edited Special Issues

  • Co-guest editor with Uma Dhupelia-Mesthrie of special issue of South African Historical Journal 57 2007 on South Africa-India: Re-imagining the Disciplines.
  • Co-guest editor with Devarakshanam Govinden of special issue of scrutiny2 13 (2) 2008 on Cultures of Circulation in the Indian Ocean.
  • Co-guest editor with Michelle Williams of special issue of Journal of Asian and African Studies 44 (1) 2009 on South Africa-India: Connections and Comparisons.
  • Co-guest editor with Raymond Suttner of special issue of Historia 54 (1) 2009 on South Africa and India: Towards Closer Scholarly Links.
  • Co-guest editor with Preben Kaarsholm on special issue of Africa 81 (1) 2011 on Print Cultures, Nationalisms and Publics of the Indian Oceans.

Journal Articles

  • “The Black Atlantic Meets the Indian Ocean: Forging New Paradigms of Transnationalism in the Global South – Literary and Cultural Perspectives”, Social Dynamics 33 (2) 2007, 3-32.
  • “South Africa/India: Reimagining the Disciplines”, South African Historical Journal 57 2007, 1-11 (with Uma Dhupelia-Mesthrie).
  • “The Idea of ‘Africa’ in Indian Nationalism: Reporting the Diaspora in The Modern Review 1907-1929”, South African Historical Journal 57 2007, 60-81.
  • “Africa/India: Culture and Circulation in the Indian Ocean”, scrutiny2 13 (2) 2008, 133-43 (with Devarakshanam Govinden).
  • “Indian Ocean Lives and Letters”, English in Africa 35 (1) 2008, 11-25.
  • “Introduction: South Africa-India – Connections and Comparisons”, Journal of African and Asian Studies 44 (1) 2009, 5-17 (with Michelle Williams).
  • “Introduction: South Africa and India: Towards Close Scholarly Ties”, Historia 54 (1) 2009, 3-12.
  • “Indian Ocean Pages: Port Cities and Postcolonial Printing”, Angles on the English-speaking World 10 2010, 107-121.
  • “Universalizing the Indian Ocean”, PMLA 125 (3) 2010, 721-29.
  • “Print Cultures, Nationalisms and Publics Spheres of the Indian Ocean”, Africa, 81 (1) 2011, 1-22 (with Preben Kaarsholm and Bodil Folke Fredriksen).
  • “Violent Texts, Vulnerable Readers: Hind Swaraj and its South African Audiences”, Public Culture,  23 (2) 2011, 285-97.

Articles in Books

  • “Indian Ocean Testimonies: Narrative and Governmentality between South Africa and India”, in Sumanyu Satpathy (ed.), Southern Postcolonialisms: The Global South and the ‘New’ Literary Representations (New Delhi: Routledge, 2009), 49-63.
  • “Gandhi’s Printing Press: Print Cultures of the Indian Ocean”, in Sugata Bose (ed.),   Cosmopolitan Thought Zones (London/New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010), 112-30.
  • This piece is reprinted in Isabel Hofmeyr and Michelle Williams (eds) South Africa and India: Shaping the Global South (Johannesburg: Witwatersrand University Press, forthcoming 2011).
  • “Writing at Sea”, in Adrien Delmas and Nigel Penn (eds), Written Culture in a Colonial Context: Africa and the Americas 1500-1900 (Cape Town: UCT Press, 2011), viii-xi.
  • “Introduction: Rethinking the South”, in Isabel Hofmeyr and Michelle Williams (eds) South Africa and India: Shaping the Global South (Johannesburg: Witwatersrand University Press, 2011), 1-15 .
  • “Seeking Empire, Finding Nation: Gandhi and ‘Indianness’ in South Africa”, in Joya Chatterjee and David Washbrook (eds) The Routledge Encyclopedia of the South Asian Diaspora (London: Routledge, forthcoming 2013).