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- African literatures and cultures and World Literature
- The novel: histories and theories
- Literature and space-time
- Literature and its social functions
- Forms and genres
Ranka Primorac's current monograph in progress, provisionally titled *Queues of Limitless Hope*, asks: what happens to the novel form under the conditions of protracted socio-political crisis? The book situates the question in decolonisation-era Southern Africa, and answers it via a comparative analysis of the Bildungsroman form in postcolonial Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa, and with the help of a critical apparatus that combines genre theory and theories of world literature. Primorac argues that the prominence of texts and forms in the global literary marketplace is not necessarily correlated to their transnational cultural importance. This monograph contends that to ignore non-globalised African forms is to risk misreading the specificity and range of the continent’s imaginaries of freedom.
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African, Postcolonial and World literatures. The novel. Theory and Criticism.
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Ranka Primorac is interested in how the novel as a genre transmits and refracts critical engagements with modernity; in how various circuits of this genre’s circulation have attracted different forms of economic, social and cultural capital; and in how critical perceptions of the novel’s aesthetic value have become ethically inflected. At the centre of her research interest is the African novel in English. Her first monograph, The Place of Tears: The Novel and Politics in Modern Zimbabwe (2006) charts the formal decolonisation of Zimbabwe via the novel’s engagement with the social production of space-time. She is currently at work on a second, provisionally titled The Queues of Limitless Hope, to do with representations of modern subjectivity in times of social crisis in Southern Africa.
Ranka's BA, Master's and PhD degreeds were awarded by the universities of Zagreb, Zimbabwe, and Nottingham Trent respectively. She was permanently appointed as a Lecturer at Southampton in 2010, and became an Associate Professor in 2022.
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