Ashraf Jamal

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Ashraf Jamal (19**-). Writer and art critic, an interdisciplinarian, with interests that include philosophy, literary and maritime studies.


Originally from Cape Town, he finished school in Yorkshire and studied at the universities of Sussex (UK), New Brunswick (Canada), Wisconsin-Milwaukee (USA) and UKZN (KwaZulu-Natal) and taught at UCT, Stellenbosch, and at the Universities of Malaya (Malaysia) and the Eastern Mediterranean (N. Cyprus). In 200* joined Rhodes University where he teaches Art History and Visual Culture at Rhodes University, doing research on the contemporary moment in South African art.

A widely published writer and art critic, he is the co-author of Art South Africa: The Future Present (David Phillip Publishers); co-editor of Indian Ocean Studies: Social, Cultural and Political Perspectives (Rutledge); and the author of Predicaments of Culture in South Africa (Unisia/Brill) and Love Themes for the Wilderness (Kwela/Random House). He received the Sanlam Prize for short fiction for his story, The Shades.

Contribution to SA theatre, film, media and/or performance

He wrote the plays Uncle Sky Takes His Yoyo To the Prairie, Severance, Sky and Czech and Close to Home.

Awards, etc

His play Uncle Sky Takes his Yo-yo to the Prairie won an award from the Writers' Federation of New Brunswick.

Canadian New Brunswick Writer's Federation Prize for his play, Uncle Sky Takes His Yoyo To the Prairie. His play, Severance, was selected for the FNB Vita Award Rodes University [1]


Interview with Ronnie Govender published in Mail & Guardian, 20-26 May 1994.

Various entries in the NELM catalogue.

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