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Prof. Louise Viljoen
Department of Afrikaans and Dutch
University of Stellenbosch
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Louise Viljoen

Louise Viljoen

Academic and literary critic
Compiler of an anthology of Afrikaans poetry
Professor in the Department of Afrikaans and Dutch, Stellenbosch University

Louise Viljoen (neé Van Zyl) was born on 22 August 1954 in Vredenburg. She studied at the University of Stellenbosch, obtaining an MA-degree with a thesis on the work of Etienne Leroux and a doctorate with a dissertation on the work of Breyten Breytenbach. She teaches in the Department of Afrikaans and Dutch at the University of Stellenbosch. She has published more than 40 articles in scientific journals, books and conference proceedings, regularly reviews books for newpapers and magazines and often adjudicates literary prizes. She has been guest lecturer at the Universities of Leuven and Amsterdam as well as several South African universities. Her research interest lies in the field of Afrikaans literature and literary theory with a special focus on postmodernism, postcolonialism, gender as well as space and identity.
Louise is married to Willie Viljoen en they have two children: Carel and Suzanne.

Awards include:

Queen Victoria Stipendium (University of Stellenbosch), 1979 Rector's Award for Excellence in Research, 2004
Gustav Preller Prize 2016 for literary work in Afrikaans


Poskaarte - Beelde van die Afrikaanse Poësie sedert 1960 (Compiler, with Ronel Foster, Tafelberg and Human& Rousseau, 1997
Om te onthou, Barend Toerien se poësie, (Compiler with Ronel Foster) 2006
Ons Ongehoorde Soort, SUN PReSS, 2008
Ingrid Jonker Poet Under Apartheid, 2013

Book contribution:
On Space and Identity in Antjie Krog's Country of my Skull (co-author) In: De Geest, Dirk e.a. Links for the Site of Literary Theory. Essays in Honour of Hendrik van Gorp. Leuven: Leuven University Press: 39-61, 2000

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