Prof Dirk Klopper


Professor Dirk Klopper

D.Litt et Phil (UNISA)

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Teaching and Research Interests

Romanticism; the pastoral; ecocriticism; humans, hominids and animals.


Selected Publications


The Columbia Guide to South African Literature in English Since 1945. With Gareth Cornwell and Craig Mackenzie. New York: Columbia University Press.

Anatomy of Dark: Collected Poems of Arthur Nortje(edited). Pretoria: Unisa Press.

Book Chapters

2012. ‘The Lyric Poem During and After Apartheid’. In The Cambridge History of South African Literature. Eds Derek Attridge and David Attwell. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 587-606.

2000. ‘Black Residue: Identity, Otherness and the Crisis of Self-representation in the Poetry of Arthur Nortje’. In Colonizer and Colonized. Eds Theo D'haen and Patricia Krus. Amsterdam: Rodopi. 479-486.

1990. ‘Ideology and the Study of South African English Poetry’. In Rendering Things Visible: Essays on South African Literary Culture. Ed. Martin Trump. Johannesburg: Ravan. 256-294.


2019. ‘Dry Bones: The Story of Paleoanthropology in South Africa’. Safundi20.1: 33-57.

2018. ‘Between Man, Woman and Dog: Olive Schreiner’s The Story of an African Farm’. Safundi19.14: 416-437.

2014. ‘The Pastoral, the Primal and the Post-Apartheid Sublime in Justin Cartwright's White Lightning’. English in Africa41.3: 97-118.

2011. ‘The Place of Nostalgia in Zoë Wicomb’s Playing in the Light’. Current Writing: Text and Reception in Southern Africa23.2: 147-156.

2010. ‘Boer, Bushman and Baboon: Human and Animal in Nineteenth Century and Early Twentieth Century South African Writings’. Safundi 10.1: 3-18.

2008. ‘Between Nature and Culture: The Place of Prophecy in Zakes Mda's The Heart of Redness’. Current Writing 20.2: 92-107.

2006. ‘Critical Fictions in J.M. Coetzee's Boyhood and Youth’. Scrutiny2 11.1: 22-31.

2005. ‘Travel and Transgression in Dan Jacobson’s The Electronic Elephant’. Third World Quarterly 26.3: 461-469.

1999. ‘The Outsider Within: Marginality as Symptom in Marechera's 'Throne of Bayonets'. In Emerging Perspectives on Dambudzo Marechera. Eds Flora Veit-Wild and Anthony Chennells. Asmara: Africa World Press. 121-135.

1998. ‘On the Edge of Darkness: Stephen Watson and the Return of the Romantic Imagination’. English in Africa 25.1: 87-98.

1996. ‘Death, Resistance and Liberation in Peter Horn's “The Plumstead Elegies”’. Journal of Literary Studies 12.2: 171-186.

1992. ‘Francis Carey Slater and the Africanisation of South African English Poetry’. English in Africa 19.2: 1-13.




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