Associate Professor of English
English / Academic
- Sherman Hall 122
B.A., University of Witwatersrand
M.A., Ph.D., Boston University
I am South African, both an academic and a writer. Austin College, centered as it is upon the liberal arts, has the appeal for me of a stimulating environment where strong and sustained contact with intelligent students is not only possible but encouraged, while both aspects of my own practice, academic research and imaginative writing, are positively supported. I bring a wide experience to bear: I have been a journalist, a television producer, a puppeteer, even a construction worker, not to mention a teacher at tertiary level (though this last is the most sustained, steadily so for the last thirty-odd years). I like to see myself as link between the “forgotten continent,” Africa, and the United States of America.
- Postcolonial Literature: “Into Africa” (ENG 364), “Apartheid and After” (ENG 364).
- The writing of fiction (ENG 256), creative nonfiction and literary journalism (ENG 258), introduction to creative writing (ENG 136)
- Prison poetry under apartheid.
- Post-Marxist and Post-Freudian theories of literature.
- The writing of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction (this latter, including literary journalism).
- Visionary literature as “mixed media”, e.g William Blake of the Prophetic Books, Carl Gustav Jung of “The Red Book.”
In the News:
- “Kirkus Reviews,” June 2016, starred and featured review of “The Unspeakable.”
- “Herald Democrat” Tuesday, September 23, 2014: “AC Professor Publishes Novel, ‘The Unspeakable,’ Set in His Tumultuous Home Country, South Africa.”
- Interviews: bookslut.com, literaryreview.com, authoramp.com.
- Novel, “The Unspeakable” (C&R Press 2014). Alex la Guma award in the International Novel (2013); Literary Fiction Book Review Award for
- Excellence in Literary Fiction (2015).
- Introduction to “No, Achilles: War Poetry” (WaterWood Press, 2016). Nominated for a Pushcart Prize.
- “Michael Eigen’s ‘Ecstasy’ as/and Poetry” in “Living Moments: On the Work of Michael Eigen” eds Stephen Bloch and Loray Daws (Karnac, 2015).
Faculty advisor to “Suspension,” the Austin College literary and cultural magazine.