Department of English – Faculty of Arts
Prof Hooper’s appointment to the Faculty was in 1985, she has served as Assistant Vice-Rector for three years and as interim Faculty Dean in 2012. Her research focuses on the ethics of reading, how reading is affected by the dynamics of difference and distance between writers and readers. Particularly, ‘wrong readers’, for whom texts may not originally have been intended and how this relationship is reflected in texts, objective features of language such as pronouns, negatives, modals and in more impressionistic aspects such as the use of allusion, the narration of torture, renditions of contact and clash between oral and literate worlds and the playing out of textual surprise. The embodiment and spatialisation in narrative are dimensions she is exploring. Her doctorate focused on silence in Southern African fiction and has published on various Southern African writers, including Mofolo, Plaatje, Paton, Head, Lessing, Jacobson, Rooke, Coetzee and extensively on the work of Joseph Conrad. Currently on sabbatical, Prof Hooper spends time writing on the stories of Pauline Smith.