Staff Profile

/Prof Cuthbeth Tagwirei

Prof Cuthbeth Tagwirei

Chairperson: Department of English and Communication


  • PhD English studies, (Stellenbosch),
  • MA in English (Midlands State University),
  • BA Honours in English, (University of Zimbabwe)

Research interests:

Studies in contemporary culture through literature, language and communication. Central to these is the question of representation. Topics of interest include identity, belonging, race, gender and alterity and how they are mediated through literary, traditional media and social media texts.


  • Tagwirei C (2017) The “Horror” of African Spirituality. Research in African Literatures Vol 48, Issue 2, pp. 22-36.
  • Tagwirei C (2017) The Unhu literary gaze: An African-based mode of reading Zimbabwean children’s texts, in Stephens, J., Curry, A., Lifang, L. & Motawy, Y (Eds.).   The Routledge Companion to International Children’s Literature.  New York:  Routledge.
  • Tagwirei C (2016) State narratives of “foreignness” and “criminality” in South Africa. Communicatio Vol 42, Issue 2, pp. 191-209.
  • Tagwirei C (2016) The nucleation of white writing in Zimbabwe. Journal of Literary Studies Vol 32, Issue 3, pp. 5-20.
  • Tagwirei C (2015) Dealing with a Troubled Rhodesian Past: Narrative Detachment and Intimacy in Peter Godwin’s Mukiwa: A White Boy in Africa (1996). Journal of Literary Studies, Vol 31, Issue 3.
  • Tagwirei C and de Kock L (2015) From ‘Bush’ to ‘Farm’: Emplacement and Displacement in Contemporary White Zimbabwean Narratives, The Journal of Commonwealth Literature. DOI: 10.1177/0021989415573033
  • Tagwirei C and de Kock L (2015) ‘Whiter’ than white? The inscription of race in Zimbabwean writing, revisited. African Identities.
  • Tagwirei C (2015) The simultaneity of past and present in Ian Douglas Smith’s The Great Betrayal: The Memoirs of Ian Douglas Smith, (1997). Life Writing, DOI: 10.1080/14484528.2015.1073830
  • Mboti N and Tagwirei C (2014) Heteroglossia in G.H Musengezi’s The Honourable MP, Critical Arts: A Journal of South-North Cultural Media, Vol 28, Issue 2, pp 178-198.
  • Tagwirei C (2014) ‘Lame Ducks’ in the time of HIV and AIDS? Exploring Female Victimhood in Selected HIV and AIDS Narratives by Zimbabwean Female Writers, Critical Arts: A Journal of South-North Cultural Media, Vol 28, Issue 2, pp 216-228.
  • Tagwirei C (2013) Fictions, Nation-building and Ideologies of Belonging in Children’s Literature: An analysis of Tunzi the Faithful Shadow, Children’s Literature in Education, Vol 44, Issue 1, pp 44-56.
  • Javangwe T and Tagwirei C (2013) A Literary Approach to the Human Rights Discourse: The case of Zimbabwean Literature, The Dyke, Vol 7, Issue 1, pp 20-31.
  • Tagwirei C (2013) Significant Silences and the Politics of National Reconciliation in Chater’s Crossing the Boundary Fence (1988), Journal of Literary Studies, Vol 29, Issue 4, pp 20-35.
  • Tagwirei C (2013) Gender sub-streaming in the School Curriculum: The Case of the Zimbabwe Junior Certificate (Z.J.C.)’s Literature Component in Wanjiku J. Khamasi, Chia Longman and Mieke van Haegendoren (eds) Gender Practices and Challenges: A Call for Accountability, Moi University Press.
  • Tagwirei C and Mangeya H (2013) ‘Juvenile’ Toilet Door Posting: An Expression of Gendered Views on Sex and Sexuality in Wanjiku J. Khamasi, Chia Longman and Mieke van Haegendoren (eds) Gender, Sexuality and the Media: A Question of Accountability, Moi University Press.
  • Tagwirei C (2012) Re-Inventing Alterity: The Woman and the Albino in Takadini’s Sub-text, Diesis Footnotes on Literary Identities, Vol 2, Issue 1, pp 79-88.
  • Tagwirei C (2009) Memory, Forgetfulness and the Preservation of ‘Third World’ Communities in Marquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude and Armah’s Two Thousand Seasons, Latin American Report, Vol 1, Issue 2, pp. 39-50.

Current Teaching

  • Literature, Language and Media
  • Globalisation and International Communication
  • Introduction to Communication
  • Public Relations Communications
  • Critical Approaches from Enlightenment to Modernity
  • Children’s Literature