BA (Hons) Cape Town, MLitt Oxon, PhD Cape Town

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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 three volumes of poetry, In a Free State: A Music, Litany Bird and Foundling’s Island, and the editor of In the Country of the Heart.

Research Interests

Renaissance Poetry



Spatial History and Landscape

History and literature

Selected publications

Peer-reviewed articles

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.

Book chapters

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.

Poetry collections

Anderson, P. R. 2018. In a Free State: A Music. Cape Town: Uhlanga Press.

Anderson, P. 2007. Foundling's Island. Cape Town: Centre for Creative Writing. (Republished 2018 by Uhlanga Press)

Keywords: Renaissance poetry, Romanticism, Modernism, spatial history, history and literature