Dr Dawid de Villiers (Chair)

Chair of the Department

Senior Lecturer
MA, PhD (Stellenbosch)
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Tel: +2721 808 2043


Nineteenth & twentieth-century American literature; Modernist poetry; The Western; Romanticism; Film studies


Oceanic studies; Imagination at the limit; Film


  • D. de Villiers & T. Slabbert. David Kramer: A Biography. Cape Town: Tafelberg, 2011.
  • “Naturalised Americans and Spectral Indians: The Fate of the Turner Myth of American History.” The Survival of Myth: Innovation, Singularity and Alterity. Ed. David Kennedy and Paul Hardwick. Cambridge Scholars Press.
  • “Following the Shifting Pole-Star: Frontier Metaphysics in DH Lawrence.” DH Lawrence Around the World: South African Perspectives. Ed. Jim Phelps and Nigel Bell. Empangeni: Echoing Green Press, 2007. 194-225.
  • “The Counter-Monumental Poetics of Melville’s ‘The Great Pyramid’.” The Explicator 75.4 (December 2017): 230-233.
  • “Okeanos contra oikoumenè: The Nineteenth-Century Resurgence of an Adversarial Paradigm.” Atlantic Studies: Global Currents. 12.4 (2015): 501-521.
  • “‘Shadow of All Things’: Oceanic Alterity in the Poetry of D. H. Lawrence.” D. H. Lawrence Review 40.2 (2015): 84-102
  • “Catastrophic Turns: Romanticism, History, and ‘the Last Man’.” English Studies in Africa 58.2 (2015): 26-40.
  • “The Adversarial Sea: A Metaphor of the Limit in Melville and Nietzsche.” The Nautilus 4 (Spring 2013): 63-86.
  • “Lawrence’s ‘Metaphysic’ of the Heart: Destiny without Determinism?” English Studies in Africa 55.2 (2012): 69-84.
  • “Being at Sea: Ontologising the Sea Narrative.” English Studies in Africa 55.1 (2012): 35-41.
  •  “‘Van Daai Plek’: David Kramer, Die Ballade van Koos Sas, and the Ground of Being.” Journal of Literary Studies 26.2 (2010): 58-68.
  • “After the Revolution: Jerusalema and the Entrepreneurial Present.” South African Theatre Journal 23 (2009): 8-22.
  •  “Crossing ‘the Deadly Space Between’: Moby-Dick and the Traversal of the Sea.” English Studies in Africa 51.2 (2008): 69-83.
  • “Imperial Misnomers: Herman Melville’s Subversion of Narratives of Exploration.” Social Dynamics 33.2 (December 2007): 184-203.
  • “Wallace Stevens’s ‘Nuances of a Theme by Williams’.” The Explicator 65.2 (2007): 101-04.