Tim Couzens

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Tim Couzens (1944-) is an academic biographer and specialist on black South African literature.


Studied at the University of Natal, Durban and at Oxford University. Attached to the University of the Witwatersrand from 1969, he is the founder and director of the African Studies Institute there.

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

Wrote a biography of Herbert Dhlomo (The New African: A Study of the Life and Work of H.I.E. Dhlomo, Ravan Press, 1985) and edited (with Nick Visser) all Dhlomo’s plays (1985). Has written extensively about the rise of black urban performance culture.

Winner of the AA Vita Award for Theatre Research in 198* for his influential article


De Beer, 1995).

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