Dr Rick de Villiers
Position
Senior Lecturer
Department
English
Address
Department Engish
Internal Box 28
UFS
Telephone
Office
Flippie Groenewoud Building: Block B 206
Information

Short CV

Rick de Villiers is a senior lecturer in Department of English.

My first monograph, Eliot and Beckett`s Low Modernism: Humility and Humiliation, was published by Edinburgh University Press in 2021. I hold a PhD from Durham University (UK). Before joining the UFS in 2019, I taught at the University of Pretoria and Durham. My teaching and research interests include: modernism, 20th and 21st century literature, literary theory, affect theory, and humility studies. Potential M.A. or PhD students with an interest in any of the above are welcome to contact me. For more info, see https://www.rickdevilliers.com/.

 

Publications

Books 

2021 Eliot and Beckett`s Low Modernism: Humility and Humiliation. Edinburgh University Press.

 

Peer-reviewed articles (selected) and book chapters

2022 (forthcoming) `Criteria of Embarrassment: JM Coetzee`s Jesus Trilogy and the legacy of modernist difficulty.` English Studies in Africa

2021 `Samuel Beckett, Max Nordau, and the Worms of How It Is.The Explicator

2020 `Mr Eliot`s Christmas Morning Service: Participation, Good Will, and Humility in ?Murder in the Cathedral?. ?Literature and Theology ?34.2: 166-183. 

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

2019 `"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”’, chapter in The New Cambridge Companion to T. S. Eliot, edited by Jason Harding, 55-70. New York: Cambridge University Press.

Reviews and other writing

2021 Poem: `Except Names.` Stanzas Poetry Magazine?, no. 23 (July).

2021 Essay: `The poem not taken: Robert Frost and the inaugural tradition that isn`t`. Wild Courthttps://wildcourt.co.uk/features/essays/the-poem-not-taken-robert-frost-and-the-inaugural-tradition-that-isnt/

2020 Review: `Samuel Beckett`s How It Is: Philosophy in Translation,` Journal of Beckett Studies.

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

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

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

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

 

Courses Presented

Courses taught  

ENGL 2614 - Early Modern to Contemporary World Literatures

ENGL 3718 - Early English Literature and Cultures

ENGL 3728 - Feeling Awkward seminar

ENGL 6814 - Literary Theory 

ENGC 6824 - Modernism`s Shakespeare

ENGL 6824 - Contemporary Critical Theory

 

Teaching Awards

2021-2023 UFS Teaching and Learning Fellow

2021 Innovative Methods in Technology Enhanced Learning and Teaching (Winner)

2021 Best Innovation in Curriculum Development Conference Paper

 


FACULTY CONTACT

T: +27 51 401 2240 or humanities@ufs.ac.za

Postgraduate:
Marizanne Cloete: +27 51 401 2592

Undergraduate:
Katlego Mabulana: +27 51 401 2495
Juanita Hlongwane: +27 51 401 3269

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