Prof Lindy Stiebel

Lindy Stiebel is Professor Emeritus of English Studies at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Her research interests are linked by a profound interest in the relationship between writers and place: the South African colonial and post-colonial novel with a special focus on Lewis Nkosi; Indian Ocean studies particularly literary interconnections between South Africa and Mauritius; literary tourism. Older research interests include colonial cartography with a special focus on the maps and journals of Thomas Baines; together with Rider Haggard and late 19th century British novels of empire.


She is the author of a number of books including Imagining Africa: landscape in H. Rider Haggard’s African romances (Greenwood Press 2001), Thomas Baines and the ‘Great Map’ (Campbell Collections 2001); and co-editor with Liz Gunner of Still Beating the Drum: Critical Perspectives on Lewis Nkosi (Wits University Press 2006).  In 2009 a commissioned volume on Rider Haggard was published by Pickering and Chatto as part of their Lives of Victorian Literary Figures series. Her latest book on Baines is Thomas Baines: Exploring Tropical Australia (with Jane Carruthers, National Museum of Australia Press, 2012). In 2014 she published (with Therese Steffen) Letters to My Native Soil: Lewis Nkosi writes home 2001-2009 Zurich: LitVerlag). Appearing in 2016 will be a further work on Nkosi entitled Writing Home: Lewis Nkosi on South African Literature (with Michael Chapman, UKZNPress); together with the e-publication of A Literary Companion to KwaZulu-Natal (with Niall McNulty), a book which collects over 10 years of the KZN Literary Tourism project which she leads. The website which houses this extensive project is found at In addition to these books, Lindy Stiebel has published many articles on South African literature, spatial discourse and literary tourism.