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Dr Alexia Smit

Senior Lecturer of Television Studies

Alexia Smit was one of the first undergraduate students to undertake her degree in the CFMS department after it was first formed. At CFMS she went on to complete an MA in film studies, with a focus on realism and the films of Harmon Korine.  She then won a Flanagan scholarship and completed a PHD in Theatre, Film and Television Studies at the University of Glasgow. Her PhD examined  affect and visceral displays of the body on contemporary television. Returning to UCT in 2011, as a lecturer in film and television studies, Alexia has turned her attention to South African television.  Her research focus is on popular entertainment television, with a particular interest in reality television and gender . She is currently writing a monograph on transnational television and women’s genres in Africa.  




2020: Smit, Alexia and Tanja Bosch “Television and Black Twitter in South Africa: Our Perfect Wedding." Media, Culture & Society.
2019: ‘ For Love or Money? Romance, Luxury and Class Distinction on Mzansi Magic’s Date My Family” in Dosekun, Simidele                              Olatokunbo, and Mehita Iqani. African luxury: aesthetics and politics. Intellect, 2019.                                                              

2016: Smit, Alexia "Reading South African Bridal Television: Consumption, Fantasy and Judgement." Communicatio 42(4):                        63 -78.
2016: Smit, Alexia. "Intimacy, identity and home: 40 years of South African television."   Communicatio 42(4): 1-10.
2016: Smit, Alexia ‘Forgiving and forgetting: South African reality television, fatherhood and nation." European Journal of Cultural Studies: 20(1): 72-86
2015: Smit, Alexia. "“On the Spectator Side of the Screen”: Considering Space, Gender, and Visual Pleasure in Television." Feminist Media Studies 15(5): 892-895.
2014: Smit, Alexia. "Care, Shame, and Intimacy: Reconsidering the Pleasures of Plastic Surgery Reality Television." Camera Obscura: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies 29.2(86): 59-83.
2014: Smit, Alexia. "On the ‘Scalpel’s Edge’: Gory Excess, Melodrama and Irony in Nip/Tuck." Melodrama in Contemporary Film and Television. Palgrave Macmillan, London: 81-95.

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