Wisani Mushwana

PhD Students

Wisani Mushwana is a creative writer and a literary scholar. He’s the author of A Soft Landing (Kwela Books, 2023). He holds a MA in Creative Writing from UCT and his doctoral project is currently titled: 'Writing Against Shame: Contemporary African Writers Writing about Gender and Sexual Non-Conforming Subjectivities'. The project examines the different ways contemporary African writers of fiction, writing about queer subjectivities, challenge notions of postcolonial queer erasure from historical consciousness. It seeks to understand how these writers grapple with ideas of nationhood, national belonging, shame, and silencing. It further explores the different modes of resistance employed by these writers in responding to the violence of the archives that invalidate queer existence in the African continent.   


His research and teaching interests lie at a nexus between gender and sexuality studies, memory studies, creative writing, and contemporary African fiction.