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 Prof. Peter Merrington

Position: Senior Lecturer
Faculty: Faculty of Arts
Qualifications: (D.Litt, UWC)
Fax: +27 21 9592202


 Prof. (D.Litt, UWC) is a past chairperson of the department. He continues to teach creative writing, and nineteenth and early twentieth-century literature (fiction and poetry), in particular British modernism (Yeats, Eliot, Lawrence, Woolf, Forster, Joyce) and late nineteenth-century authors such as Hardy, Conrad and Schreiner. His field of specialization at present is the literature and popular culture of British imperialism, circa 1870-1930, its influence on literature and popular culture in South Africa, and similar developments in other parts of the British empire and sphere of influence.

He has published research articles in Theatre Journal (USA), the SA Theatre Journal, Poetics Today, Journal of Southern African Studies, Journal of Literary Studies, and elsewhere, as well as poems and short stories in New Contrast, New Letters, and Imago. He began and edited Imago, a University of Cape Town student literary magazine, in the 1980s. He has won a number of research awards, including Oppenheimer fellowships to SOAS, London, and to Oxford University, and received the English Academy of South Africa's Pringle Prize for fiction in 1996 and for a research article in 2000. Present research projects deal with the cultural and touristic aspects of the Cape to Cairo idea, with the Edwardian performance genre of the 'new pageantry', and with the life and work of the Cape author Dorothea Fairbridge. His recent novels, Zebra Crossings (2008) and Zombie and the Moon (2011) have won wide critical acclaim






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