Department of Afrikaans and Theory of Literature

Prof RA Northover

College of Human Sciences
School of Arts
Department: Afrikaans and Theory of Literature
Associate Professor
Tel: 012 429 6794


  • BA (Ed) (Wits)
  • BA Hons (Wits)
  • MA (Wits)
  • PhD (UP) (JM Coetzee and animal rights: Elizabeth Costello’s challenge to philosophy)

Currently teaching

  • THL1501
  • THL2601
  • THL2603
  • THL3705
  • THL4801
  • HMATL80
  • HRATL81

Fields of academic interests

  • The work of J.M. Coetzee
  • Margaret Atwood’s speculative fiction
  • Animal studies (animal ethics), green studies, ecocriticism
  • Prehistoric rock art
  • General literary theory, critical theory and philosophy

Journal articles

  • 2017. Interrogating the sacred art of Vetkat Regopstaan Boesman Kruiper. In Indigenous Knowledges, edited by Susan McHugh and Wendy Woodward. Palgrave-Macmillan.
  • 2017. Strangers in strange worlds: Margaret Atwood’s MaddAddam trilogy. Journal of Literary Studies, vol. XX, Issue 1, xxx
  • 2016. Ecological apocalypse in Margaret Atwood’s MaddAddam trilogy. Studia Neophilologica, Vol. 88, Issue 1, 81-95. DOI: 10.1080/00393274.2015.1096044.
  • 2014. The archaeology of rock art and Western philosophy. Journal of Literary Studies, vol. 30, number 1, September, 101-123.
  • 2014. Schopenhauer and secular salvation in the work of J.M. Coetzee. English in Africa, vol. 41, no. 1, May, 35-54.
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Professional positions, fellowships & awards

  • Chair of the South African Society for General Literary Studies (SAVAL/SASGLS)
  • Member of the Coetzee Collective (UCT)
  • Member of Acad-Myth (Essex)
  • Member of the Rock Art Research Institute (Wits)
  • Member of the Archaeological Society


  • The GetOn Community Outreach Project


Research interests

  • The work of J.M. Coetzee, animal studies (animal ethics), ecocriticism (ecofeminism).