Dr Rick de Villiers
Department Engish
Internal Box 28
Flippie Groenewoud Building: Block B 206

Short CV

Rick de Villiers was appointed as lecturer in the Department of English in 2019.  Before coming to UFS, he was the recipient of the Durham Doctoral Scholarship and completed his PhD on humility and humiliation in T. S. Eliot and Samuel Beckett at Durham University in 2018.  His research and teaching interests include modernism, 20th and 21st century literature, literary theory, negative affect, and humility studies.


Peer-reviewed articles and book chapters

2019 (forthcoming) ‘A Defence of Wretchedness: Beckett’s Molloy and humiliation’.  Journal of Modern Literature.

2019 (forthcoming) `"What can you do with a story like this[?]": the expectations and explicitations of South African Fiction.` Current Writing: Text and Reception in Southern Africa, 31.2.

2017 ‘Banishing the Backward Devils: Eliot’s Quatrain Poems and “Gerontion”’, in The New Cambridge Companion to T. S. Eliot, edited by Jason Harding, 55-70. New York: Cambridge University Press.

2013 ‘A Deepened Hunger for Seriousness: “Mr. Eliot’s Sunday Morning Service”,’ English Academy Review, 30.1: 65-75.

2012 ‘“Of the Same Species”: T. S. Eliot’s Sweeney Agonistes and Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot,’ English Studies in Africa, 55.2: 18-28.

2011 ‘A Hunger for Seriousness?: T. S. Eliot’s “The Hippopotamus”,’ English Academy Review, 28.2: 62-74.

2010 ‘Narrative (De)construction: Mr Coetzee, in the basement, with the quill…a discussion of authorial complicity in J. M. Coetzee’s Foe,’ Journal for Literary Studies, 26.2: 118-126.


Reviews and other writing

2018 The Wartime Diary of WD Terry: A ‘Safrican’ at Cambridge, with selected letters 1938-1941, ed. Lawrence Wright,’ English Academy Review, 35.2.

2018 Natures of Africa: Ecocriticism and Animal Studies in Contemporary Cultural Forms, ed. F. Fiona Moolla,’ English Academy Review, 35.2.

2018 Losing the Plot: Crime, reality and fiction in postapartheid writing, by Leon de Kock,’ English Academy Review, 35.1.

2017 The Sellout by Paul Beatty,’ The Scores: A Journal of Poetry and Prose, http://thescores.org.uk/the-sellout-by-paul-beatty

2015 Modernism and Cosmology: Absurd Lights by Katherine Ebury,’ Make Literary Magazinehttp://makemag.com/review-modernism-and-cosmology.

2013 Editorial (with Marinus van Niekerk): ‘Interactions: Literary Creation, Authorial Development and Literature`s Shaping Influences,’ English Academy Review, 30.2: 1-5.

2013 Study Material. The Merchant of Venice: Shakespeare for Southern Africa. Cape Town: Oxford University Press Southern Africa. ISBN 9780199053056.

2012 ‘A Scattering of Leaves: Geoffrey Haresnape’s Where the Wind Wills,’ English Academy Review, 29.2: 133-134.

2012 Study Material. Romeo and Juliet: Shakespeare for Southern Africa. Cape Town: Oxford University Press Southern Africa. ISBN 978019055890.

Courses Presented

ENGL 2614 - Early Modern to Contemporary World Literatures

ENGL 3718 - Early English Literature and Cultures

ENGL 6814 - Literary Theory 

ENGL 3728 - Feeling Awkward seminar


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