Reflecting Rogue is the much anticipated and brilliant collection of experimental autobiographical essays on power, pleasure and South African culture by Professor Pumla Dineo Gqola.
The book was launched at Love Books on Thursday, 10 August, where she was in conversation with Rosie Motene.
Gender activist, award-winning author and Professor of African Literature at Wits University, Gqola has written extensively for both local and international academic journals. She is the author of What is Slavery to Me? (Wits University Press), A Renegade Called Simphiwe (MF Books) and Rape: A South African Nightmare (MF Books).
In her most personal book to date, written from classic Gqola antiracist, feminist perspectives, Reflecting Rogue delivers 20 essays of deliciously incisive brain food, all extremely accessible to a general critical readership, without sacrificing intellectual rigour.
These include essays on ‘Disappearing Women’, where Gqola spends time exploring what it means to live in a country where women can simply disappear – from a secure Centurion estate in one case, to being a cop in another, and being taken by men who know them.
Reflecting Rogue comes to a breathtaking end in ‘A love letter to the Blackman who raised me’.