Senior Lecturer

Dr Peter Anderson

BA (Hons) Cape Town MLitt Oxon PhD Cape Town

Office: Arts Block 212
Tel: +27 (0)21 650 2843




Research Interests

Renaissance Poetry
Spatial History and Landscape
History and literature

Peter Anderson has degrees from Oxford and UCT, in history and English. His areas of interest include poetry, the essay, landscape, 18th and 19th century South African history and culture, Shakespeare, Coleridge, Auden. He is the author of two volumes of poetry, Litany Bird and Foundling’s Island, and the editor of In the Country of the Heart.


Articles in peer reviewed journals

2008. Overhearing the hail: a poetics of weather. The English Academy Review, 25 (2) October 2008: 53-64
2008. Starlings and the Object of Poetry in Dante and Coleridge. The Coleridge Bulletin 32,(NS) Winter 2008, 55--62
2006. Home truths: Coleridge advises Thomas Pringle. The Coleridge Bulletin, 28(4): 21-28.
2005. The Fish River bush and the place of history. South African Historical Journal, 53: 23-49.


Chapters in books

Anderson, P. 2005. A murmuration of starlings: On an image in Dante & others. In P. Cullinan and S.F.T. Watson (eds), Dante in South Africa: 45-54. Cape Town: Centre for Creative Writing.

Collection of Poems

Anderson, P. 2007. Foundling's Island. Cape Town: Centre for Creative Writing