Derek Attridge

Derek Attridge came to York from Rutgers University in the USA in 1998 as Leverhulme Research Professor, and in 2003 became Professor of English. His interests centre on the language of literature, but radiate in many different directions.

Professor Attridge was born in South Africa, where he first attended university, and some of his recent work is concerned with South African literature, including an anthology of critical essays co-edited with Rosemary Jolly and a study of the novels of JM Coetzee (a study which also reflects his interest in questions of ethics and responsibility as they apply to literature).

He is also well-known as a Joyce scholar: his publications on Joyce include two books (Joyce Effects and How to Read Joyce), half of another book (Peculiar Language), and four edited or co-edited volumes on Joyce. He has held fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Camargo Foundation and the Leverhulme Trust.

Full particulars podcast: Migrant being in the Jesus novels

David Attwell, JM Coetzee, Derek Attridge, Elleke Boehmer, Robert Pippin Books and writers 2022-03-15

In the sixth episode of his podcast series Full particulars, David Attwell discusses JM Coetzee's enigmatic Jesus trilogy with Robert Pippin (University of Chicago), Derek Attridge (University of York), and Elleke Boehmer (University of Oxford). With a reading from The death of Jesus by JM Coetzee.

David Attwell and Derek Attridge respond to the reviews of The Cambridge History of South African Literature

Derek Attridge, David Attwell 2012-10-18 "It is true that the book is produced in English by a global publisher based in the UK, but how else do we tell the story of South Africa’s literatures to as wide a readership as possible?"