Lecturer at the University of Cape Town, University of Cape Town

Charne Lavery lecturer based in the Department of English Language and Literature at the University of Cape Town. Her research focuses on oceanic imaginaries in colonial and postcolonial literature and culture. She has an MSt and DPhil in English Literature from the University of Oxford and a BA (Hons) in English, History and Philosophy from the University of Cape Town.

Charne is working on two book projects. The first, under the provisional title, Writing the Indian Ocean, describes how authors of fiction in the twentieth and twenty-first century write from and about Indian Ocean shores. Imagining alternative forms of community to the European colony or postcolonial nation, their writing produces an oceanic world of South-South connections--the Indian Ocean world as an incipient and constitutive Global South. Her second book project shifts below the much-tracked surface of the sea to explore three-dimensional oceanic space, taking seriously the liquid and geographical qualities of the ocean. It explores imaginaries of the deep ocean, most of which has never been mapped or seen at all. The project takes a posthumanist and ecocritical perspective on myths and fiction of the deep ocean, as well as on representations of on-going geologic exploration of mineral-rich deep-sea vents; recent discoveries of new species--including sea cucumbers and large-eyed sharks--as well as radically new forms of non-photosynthetic life; ocean trench disposal of nuclear and other forms of waste; and jelly-fish futures.


  • 2017–present
    Lecturer, University of Cape Town
  • Johannesburg, South Africa
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