Sarah-Nuttall-South-AfricaSARAH NUTTALL was born in South Africa and is a leading cultural commentator and critic.


A Rhodes Scholar, Nuttall’s ardor for the pursuit of knowledge is underlined by her numerous academic achievements. Nuttal obtained her Honours and Masters Degrees at the then University of Natal and University Cape Town respectively. She then obtained her D.Phil at Oxford and lectured in English at the University of Stellenbosch. She was also Visiting Professor at the Universities of Salzburg in Austria and Yale, as well as a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of California.


Nuttall is recognized as a pronounced voice in the ongoing debates on cultural theory and particularly in shedding new light on a contemporary South African world. Her book Entanglement: Literary and Cultural Reflections on Post apartheid investigates how delving into the psyches and collective memory of South Africans, where apartheid history is concerned, can unearth in a post-apartheid context what Nuttall terms “moments of mutuality”; moments “from which we can begin to build something”.


Well-known for her work on youth culture in post-apartheid South Africa, Nuttall is also co-editor of the collection Ugly/Beautiful: African and Diaspora Aesthetics, which won the Arthur Rubin book prize.


Nuttall’s 2009 book, Load-shedding , a co-edited collection of non-fiction stories from South Africa’s pre-eminent authors, journalists and commentators, comprises personal reflections that gather around a recent moment in South African history: the time of planned rolling blackouts in 2008. That period includes xenophobic violence, the fall of Thabo Mbeki and the rise of current President Jacob Zuma.


Nuttall has published in various journals includingInterventions: International Journal of Postcolonial StudiesJournal of South African Studies and Public Culture.


She is Associate Professor of Literary and Cultural Studies at the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research (WISER), University of the Witwatersrand.


Bibliography (Selected)

Load Shedding: Writing On and Over the Edge of South Africa, Jonathan Ball Publishers, 2009

Johannesburg – The Elusive Metropolis, Duke University Press, 2008

Beautiful/Ugly: African and Diasporic Aesthetics, Duke University Press, 2007

Senses of Culture: South African Culture Studies,Oxford University Press, 2000

Negotiating the Past: The Making of Memory in South Africa, Oxford University Press, 1998

Text, Theory, Space: Land, Literature and History in South Africa and Australia, Routledge, 1996