Green has published many academic articles, mainly on the uses of history in fiction, which is also the subject of his scholarly book Novel Histories (WUP, 1997). He has published two works of historical fiction under the name of Michael Cawood Green. Sinking: A Verse Novella (Penguin, 1997) won the University of Natal Book Prize, and selections from novel have appeared in a number of major anthologies. It is a set work at several international universities and has been produced as a radio play and a dance drama. For the Sake of Silence (Umuzi/Random House, 2008) is based upon the founding of the Trappist monastery of Mariannhill near Durban. Deeply researched, it follows its inexorable slide into the missionary work forbidden to Trappists, and the storm that breaks as their silent life drifts into the world of words. It is currently being widely reviewed.
J M Coetzee, Nobel Laureate, says of For the Sake of Silence:
'Of the Trappist enterprise in nineteenth-century South Africa, with all its passionate personal rivalries and Byzantine internal politics, Michael Cawood Green has made a work of history cum fiction that will grip and sometimes amaze the reader.'
(This list concentrates on publications produced over the last 5 years, but includes books which continue to be significant in my fields of expertise.
(As Michael Cawood Green). For the Sake of Silence. Roggebaai: UMUZI (South African imprint of Random House (Pty) Ltd), 558 pp.
Novel Histories: Past, Present, and Future in South African Fiction. Johannesburg: Witwatersrand University Press, 319 pp.
(As Michael Cawood Green). Sinking: A Verse Novella. London and Johannesburg: Penguin, 164 pp.
Chapters in books:
'Exorcising the Past: Voices for the Present'. In: Religion and Spirituality in South Africa: New Perspectives. Editor: Duncan Brown. Pietermaritzburg: University of KwaZulu-Natal Press, 167-190.
'Deplorations: Coetzee, Costello and Doubling the N'. In: Postcolonialism: South/African Perspectives. Editor: Michael Chapman. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Press, 125-148.
Peer-reviewed articles (all full-length papers):
'Â€Â˜Translating the Nation: From Plaatje to Mpe', Journal of Southern African Studies Vol. 34 No. 2 (June), pp.325-342.
'The Future in the Post: Utopia and the Fiction of the New South Africa', Zeitschrift fÃƒÂ¼r Anglistik und Amerikanistik (a special issue entitled 'The Disappearance of Utopia?' edited by Jochen Petzold (UniversitÃƒÂ¤t Freiburg), WÃƒÂ¼rzburg, vol. 1, 69-85.
'Â€Â˜The Bitter History of Sweetness: Metaphor and Materiality in Daphne Rooke's Ratoons'. English in Africa Vol. 34 No. 1 May 43-57.
'Â€Â˜A letter from Ã¢Â€Âœthe other side of silence'Â€Â: Dludlushe Sondzaba and the Trappist Mission in East GriqualandÃ¢Â€Â™, Missionalia, Vol 34 no 2 & 3 (August & November), 182-200.
'Deplorations'. English in Africa Vol. 33 No. 2 October , 135-158.
'Generic Instability and the National Project: History, Nation, and Form in Sol T. Plaatje's Mhudi'Â€Â™, Research in African Literatures, Vol. 37, No. 4 Winter, pp 34- 47.
'Â€Â˜Translating the Nation: Phaswane Mpe and the Fiction of Post-Apartheid'Â€Â™. Scrutiny2. Vol. 10 No. 1, 3-16. (Title of Issue, 'Translating the Nation', taken from this paper.)
'Music for a New Society'. Flash: The international Short-Short Story Magazine. Vol. 1 No. 1. October (commissioned for the inaugural issue). Peter Blair and Ashley Chantler (ed). University of Chester, 9-10.
'Alone of All Her Sex' (prose narrative version). Durban in a Word: Contrasts and Colours in eThekwini. Dianne Stewart (ed). Johannesburg: Penguin, pp. 19-22.
'Fiction (for Cas)'. Fidelities: a selection of contemporary South African poetry. XIV, p. 51.
2004/5. 'Alone of All Her Sex'Â€Â™ (verse version).New Contrast: South African Literary Journal. Vol. 32. No. 4. Summer, 48-54.
Interviewer, narrator, and consultant for two short films, Daphne Rooke: Writing the Landscape of Zululand (2006) and Ratoons: an interview with Daphne Rooke (2007) produced by Carole Anne Green as part of Professor Lindy Stiebel's South African National Research Foundation-sponsored Literary Tourism project.
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