Derek Attridge

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Derek Attridge FBA (born 6 May 1945) is a South African-born British academic in the field of English literature and a current Professor of English at the University of York, a post he has held since 2003. Attridge undertakes research in South African literature, James Joyce,[1] deconstruction and literary theory and the performance of poetry. He wrote a monograph on South African writer J. M. Coetzee.[2]

Professor Attridge's new work, The Cambridge History of South African Literature, to be co-edited with Dr. David Atwell of York, will mark the 10th time that Cambridge University Press will be publishing a work by Professor Attridge.


Attridge received his Bachelor of Arts (BA) from Natal University in South Africa before moving to the UK to complete his Master of Arts (MA) and PhD at the University of Cambridge. He was a professor at Rutgers University until 1997, when he moved to the University of York.

Selected publications[edit]

  • Well-weighed Syllables: Elizabethan Verse in Classical Metres Cambridge University Press, 1974
  • The Rhythms of English Poetry Longman, 1982
  • Post-structuralist Joyce (co-edited with Daniel Ferrer) Cambridge University Press, 1984
  • The Linguistics of Writing: Arguments between Language and Literature (co-edited with Nigel Fabb, Alan Durant, and Colin MacCabe) Manchester University Press and Routledge, 1987
  • Post-structuralism and the Question of History (co-edited with Geoff Bennington and Robert Young) Cambridge University Press, 1987
  • Peculiar Language: Literature as Difference from the Renaissance to James Joyce. Cornell University Press and Methuen, 1988; reissued, Routledge, 2004
  • The Cambridge Companion to James Joyce (edited) Cambridge University Press 1990; second, revised edition, 2004
  • Acts of Literature, by Jacques Derrida (edited) Routledge, 1992
  • Poetic Rhythm: An Introduction Cambridge University Press, 1995
  • Writing South Africa: Literature, Apartheid, and Democracy 1970-1995 (co-edited with Rosemary Jolly). Cambridge University Press, 1998
  • Joyce Effects: On Language, Theory, and History Cambridge University Press, 2000
  • Semicolonial Joyce (co-edited with Marjorie Howes) Cambridge University Press, 2000
  • Meter and Meaning: An Introduction to Rhythm in Poetry (with Thomas Carper) Routledge, 2003
  • J. M.Coetzee and the Ethics of Reading: Literature in the Event University of Chicago Press and KwaZulu-Natal University Press, 2004
  • The Singularity of Literature Routledge, 2004
  • Ulysses: A Casebook (edited) Oxford University Press, 2004
  • How to Read Joyce Granta Books, 2007
  • Theory after 'Theory' (co-edited with Jane Elliott) Routledge, 2010
  • Reading and Responsibility: Deconstruction’s Traces Edinburgh University Press, 2010

Previous appointments[edit]

Honours and awards[edit]


  1. ^ Hanrahan, Heidi. "Attridge, Derek, Ed. James Joyce's 'Ulysses': A Casebook." English Literature In Transition 1880-1920 3 (2004): 366. Literature Resource Center. Web. 31 Aug. 2014.
  2. ^ Gaylard, Gerald. "Derek Attridge J. M. Coetzee And The Ethics Of Reading: Literature In The Event Pietermaritzburg." English In Africa 1 (2006): 151. Literature Resource Center. Web. 31 Aug. 2014.

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