Derek Attridge

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, co-edited with Prof David Atwell of York, is the 10th work by Professor Attridge published by Cambridge University Press.


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

Previous appointments

Honours and awards


  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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