Prof Shaun Viljoen

Associate Professor
BA Hons (UCT), HDE (PG) (Sec) (UCT), MA (London), PhD (Wits)
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Tel: +2721 808 2061


  • Undergraduate: Shakespeare, Schreiner, Post-1994 South African literature, Queer studies
  • Postgraduate: Literature and biography; creative writing


Literary biography; life and work of Richard Rive; South/Southern African contemporary fiction and globalisation; Doris Lessing, Margaret Atwood, Ishtiyak Shukri; South-South literary studies; Literatures and languages of Brazil, Southern Africa and India; Scholarship of learning and teaching; English Literature and Pedagogy


  • Richard Rive: A Partial Biography. Johannesburg, Wits Press 2013.
  • Forthcoming: Co-editor with Fernando Rosa Ribeiro (University of Malaya) Provisional title:  “The Creole Indian and Atlantic Ocean”.
  • “Introduction”  Sello Duiker’s Thirteen Cents, Ohio University Press edition (2000), 2012
  • “Richard Rive” in Centenary Celebration publication of Trafalgar High School, Ed. Shereen Pandit, 2008
  • Introduction. The Prize. By Barbara Woodhead. Cape Town: Maskew Miller Longman, 2008. 1-5.
  • World Class English, Grade 10, with Pat Brennan. Cape Town: MML, 2006. [Revised edition for New Curriculum]
  • World Class English, Grades 11&12, with Pat Brennan, and Emily Fairburn. Cape Town: MML, 2006. [Revised edition for New Curriculum]
  • On Track with English Grade 7, with Jill Wenman. Cape Town: Phumelela, 2005. [Revised edition for New Curriculum]
  • World Class English, Grades 11&12, with Pat Brennan, and Emily Fairburn. Cape Town: MML, 2000.
  • On Track with English Grade 7, with Jill Wenman. Cape Town: Phumelela. 1997
  • An adaptation of Sweetman, J., S. Hubbard and J. Manion. English Solutions 4 and English Solutions 5. London: Longman, 1996
  • Give Us Voices – A Book Education Resource for Teachers, with Noel Daniels, Brian
  • Dublin, and Jean Pease. Cape Town: Kagiso, 1996
  • “Richard Rive: Non-Racialism in a Life of Writing and of Sport”,  The South African Journal for Research in Sport, Physical Education and Recreation. 33(2) 2011.
  • “Initiating a collaborative enquiry  approach to educational development at a research-led  university: lessons learnt”,  in collaboration with Brenda Leibowitz, Francois Cilliers, Jacob du Plessis, Zuhayre Kaffar, Anionette van der Merwe, and Gert Young. International Journal for Academic Development 16 (1) 2010.
  • “Richard Rive and Langston Hughes: A Trans-Atlantic Correspondence”, Social Dynamics 33 (2) 2007:105-122.
  • “A Pilot Study into the Effects of Enhanced Consent Documentation on the Knowledge, Attitudes and Behaviour of Participants in Medical Trials”. Secure The Future Case Studies Vol. 3. 64-67 2006
  • “Biography in the New Millennium: A Few Considerations”. English Academy Review 22 2005: 40-52.
  • “Non-Racialism Remains A Fiction:  Richard Rive’s ‘Buckingham Palace’, District Six And K. Sello Duiker’s The Quiet Violence of DreamsEnglish Academy Review18. 2002: 46-53.
  • ‘Langston Hughes and Richard Rive – Notes towards a Critical Biography of Richard Rive. English Studies in Africa. 41. (2). 1998: 55-64.
  • “To Love, To Fear To Leave”. Programme text for Berni Searle exhibition. Performa 05. Museum for African Art and Angel Orensanz Foundation Centre for the Arts. New York, United States of America 2006.
  • “Richard Rive”.Under Construction: “Race” and Identity in South Africa Today. Eds. Natasha Distiller and Melissa Steyn. Johannesburg: Heinemann, 2004. 135-137
  • “Legacy of Rive lives on in Buckingham Palace“.The Cape Times, Cape Town: March 17, 2000
  • Review of Gordimer, Nadine. “Living in Hope and History: Notes from our Century”. Leadership. Cape Town: June 2000
  • “Review of Stephen Watson’s. ‘The Other City: Selected Poems'”Leadership. Cape Town: August 2000
  • “Cleansing the Veld: An Interview with Pamela Jooste”. Leadership. Cape Town: September 2000
  • Untitled: An Interview with Andrew Barker. Leadership. Cape Town: December 2000
  • “Hitting the Mark: An Interview with Zapiro”. Leadership. Cape Town: December 2000
  • “The Tyranny of Place: Alan James’s Ferry to Robben Island. Scrutiny 2, No 2, (1997): 61 – 64