Shakespeare and the Coconuts (Wits University Press, 2012).

Fixing Gender: Lesbian Mothers and the Oedipus Complex (Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2011).

Horae Amoris: The Collected Poetry of Rosa Newmarch. Edited and with an Introduction and notes by John Holmes and Natasha Distiller (Rivendale Press, 2010).

Desire and Gender in the Sonnet Tradition (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008).

South Africa, Shakespeare, and Post-Colonial Culture (Edwin Mellen Press, 2005).

Under Construction: ‘Race’ and Identity in South Africa Today. Edited by Natasha Distiller and Melissa Steyn (Heinemann, 2004).

Chapters in Books

"Inhabiting our bodies: working with gender dysphoria in transgender and non-binary gender children and adults through body maps" in Homework Assignments and Handouts for LGBTQ+ Clients: A Mental Health and Counseling Handbook. Ed. Joy Whitman and Cyndy Boyd. Forthcoming 2019. Harrington Park Press.

"On Being Human" in South African Essays on 'Universal' Shakespeare. Ed. Chris Thurman. Surrey and Burlington: Ashgate, 2014. pp. 19-38.

“M/Other Families” in Home Affairs: Rethinking Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Families in Contemporary South Africa. Ed. Carien Lubbe-De Beer and John Marnell. Jacana: Auckland Park, 2013. pp. 116-125.

“Am I That Name? Middle Class Lesbian Motherhood in Post-Apartheid South Africa" in Home Affairs: Rethinking Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Families in Contemporary South Africa. Ed. Carien Lubbe-De Beer and John Marnell. Jacana: Auckland Park, 2013. pp. 208 – 236.

"Producing Shakespeare for Post-Apartheid South African Schools" in Print, Text, and Book Cultures in South Africa. Ed. Andrew van der Vlies. Wits University Press, 2012.

“Surviving the future”: towards a South African cultural studies” in  Africa, Cultural Studies and Difference. Ed. Keyan Thomaselli. Routledge 2011. 101-111.

“Tony’s Will: Titus Andronicus in South Africa 1995” in Shakespeare International Yearbook. Ed. Tom Bishop and Graham Bradshaw. 9 (2009): 152-170.

“ ‘Through Shakespeare’s Africa’: ‘terror and murder’?” in Shakespeare’s World/ World Shakespeares. Ed. Richard Fotheringham, Christa Jansohn, and R.S. White. Newark: University of Delaware Press, 2008. pp. 382-396.

“In search of the subject of/ for English in the new South Africa” in The Condition of the Subject. Ed. Philip Martin. Palgrave, 2006. 55 – 67.

“Under Construction” (1-11) in Under Construction. Ed. Distiller and Steyn, 2004

“ ‘We’re Black , Stupid’: uMabatha and the new South Africa on the world stage” in Under Construction. Ed. Distiller and Steyn, 2004. (149-162)

“The Life and Times of William Tsikinya-Chaka: English Literature in South Africa" in Quagga Kultuur: Reflections on South African Popular Culture. Ed. Michel Clasquin. Aurora, 2003.

“ ‘Philip’s Phoenix?’: Mary Sidney Herbert and the Identity of Author” in The Anatomy of Tudor Literature. Ed. Mike Pincomb. Ashgate: Hampshire, 2001. pp. 112-129.

Journals and Journal Articles (Peer-reviewed)

“Beyond Binaries: Neuroscience/ Neurosexism” Parts 1 and 2. Viewpoint: Journal of The Psychotherapy Institute (2015).

"Authentic Protest, Authentic Shakespeare, Authentic Africans: Performing Othello in South Africa" Special issue of Comparative Drama 46.3 (2012): 339-354.

"Shakespeare's Perversion: a reading of Sonnet 20" Shakespeare 8.2 (2012): 137-153.

“Am I that name? Middle class lesbian motherhood in post-apartheid South Africa” Studies in the Maternal 3.1 (2011):

“The most motley crewe in all the world”: Sharing Places in South Africa” Cross/Cultures 117 (2009): 93-104.

Social Dynamics 35.1 (March 2009): Edited by Natasha Distiller.

“Begging the Questions: Shakespeare in post-apartheid South Africa” Social Dynamics 35.1 (2009): 177-191.

“Shakespeare and the Coconuts” Shakespeare Survey 62 (2009): 211-221.

“ ‘The mobile inheritors of any renaissance’ ” English Studies in Africa 51.1 (2008): 138-144.

“ 'Surviving the future': towards a South African cultural studies" Cultural Studies 22.2 (March 2008): 273-283.

“Transformation in Higher Education” Special issue of Social Dynamics 33.1 (June 2007):  Edited by Natasha Distiller.

“Africa in the Renaissance/ The Renaissance in Africa” Special issue of Shakespeare in Southern Africa 18 (2006): Edited by Natasha Distiller.

“Mourning the African Renaissance” Shakespeare in Southern Africa 18 (2006): 49-56.

“ 'There was a woman known to be so bold': gender in Petrarchism" South African Journal of Medieval and Renaissance Studies 16 (2006): 61-91.

" 'Petrarch’s long-deceased woes'?: Petrarchism and hip hop" Scrutiny2 11.1 (2006): 46-64.

“Written on the body: meaning, gender” Shakespeare in Southern Africa 17 (2005): 35-44.

Distiller, Natasha and Samuelson, Meg. “ ‘Denying the Coloured Mother’: Gender and Race in South Africa” L’Homme 16.2 (2005): 28-46.

------ . “Denying the coloured mother.” Reproduced in Eurozine:

“A Sign that History is Happening: Shakespeare in 20th-Century South African Literature” Literature Compass 2 (2005): 1-18.

“Another Story: The (Im)Possibility of Lesbian Desire” Agenda 63 (2005): 44-57.

“English and the African Renaissance” English Studies in Africa 47.2 (2004): 109-124.

“ 'Never was a story of more woe': Shakespeare scholarship in South Africa" English Academy Review 21 (2004): 63-77.

“ ‘The Zulu Macbeth’: the value of an ‘African Shakespeare’ ” Shakespeare Survey 57 (2004): 159-168.

“South African Shakespeare: A model for understanding cultural transformation?” Shakespeare in Southern Africa 15 (2003): 21-28.

“The presence of the past: Shakespeare in South Africa” Quidditas: Journal of the Rocky Mountain Medieval and Renaissance Association 24 (2003): 5-15.

“ ‘What signifies my deadly standing eye?’ The politics of difference on the Elizabethan stage” Shakespeare in Southern Africa 14 (2002): 11-24.

“ ‘This traitor king’: Catholic Treachery and Black Ambition in The Battle of Alcazar” South African Journal of Medieval and Renaissance Studies 11 (2001): 51-76.

“A Gendered Petrarchanism: Gazing with Will, and Pamphilia’s averted I” Shakespeare in Southern Africa 13 (2001): 53-64.

“Advocating for the Right to Sell Sex” Agenda 47 (2001): 35-42.


"Review of Tom Macfaul, Poetry and Paternity in Renaissance England: Sidney, Spenser, Shakespeare, Donne and Jonson and Pamela S. Hammons, Gender, Sexuality, and Material Objects in English Renaissance Verse." Notes & Queries 60.1 (2013): 125-128.

"A Companion to the Global Renaissance: English Literature and Culture in the Era of Expansion (review).” Shakespeare Quarterly 61.4 (2010): 600-604.

“ ‘My people all over the world’: Hip Hop, Gender, and Black Nationalism.” Safundi 9.3 (2008): 351-356.

“Review of Cheryl Stobie, Somewhere in the double rainbow - representations of bisexuality in post-apartheid novels.” English Academy Review 25.2 (2008): 121-123.

“Review of Michael Schoenfelt (ed). A Companion to Shakespeare’s Sonnets and Dympna Callaghan. Shakespeare’s Sonnets.” Notes & Queries 253.2 (2008): 228-232.

“Review of Local Shakespeares: Proximations and Power.” Shakespeare in Southern Africa 18 (2006): 69-72.

“Review of ‘Johannesburg: The Elusive Metropolis’ Public Culture 16 (3) 2004.” Ecquid Novi 26.2 (2005): 281.

“Review of Looking for Sex in Shakespeare.” Shakespeare in Southern Africa 16 (2004): 79-80.

“Review of Women Writing Africa: The Southern Region.” Social Dynamics 30.1 (2004): 218-223.

"Review of Shakespeare and Race." Shakespeare in Southern Africa 15 (2003): 105-107.

“ ‘Colonial Shakespeare’: Report on the Shakespeare Society of Southern Africa’s Tri-annual Shakespeare Congress.” South African Theatre Journal 17 (2003): 253-257.

“Actor-dictator: Review of Anthony Sher’s The Feast.” The Times Literary Supplement, September 18, 1998, No. 4981.

Creative (short stories)

“Virus” 180 Degrees: An Anthology of South African Women Writers (Struik, 2005).

“Asking for It” Urban III (Spearhead, 2004). Republished in Karen Martin and Makhosazana Xaba, Eds. Queer Africa: New and Collected Fiction (MaThoko, 2013).

“Eternity is a hell of a thing to waste” Running Towards Us: New Writing From South Africa. Ed. Isabel Balseiro (Heinemann, 2000).

“Violation, or, Reality” Herstoria 2.3 (1996): 28-35.