David Schalkwyk

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David Schalkwyk (1954-) Academic and lecturer.

Biography and training

Born in Springs, Schalkwyk matriculated from St Andrew's School Bloemfontein in 1971 and attended Stellenbosch University where he majored in English and philosophy. He left with an MA in 1980. He also has an honours degree in philosophy from UNISA and MA and DPhil degrees from the University of York in England.

David moved to London in 2014.


He taught at Stellenbosch and the Rand Afrikaans University before joining the English department at UCT in 1988, which he headed from 2000 to 2003. Since 2004 Professor of English and Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Humanities, University of Cape Town.

His books include Co-editor of Modern Stage Directions (with Stephen Gray), a collection of plays published by Maskew Miller in 1984, a translation of Karel Schoeman's novel 'n Ander Land, titled Another Country (1991), Speech and Performance in Shakespeare’s Sonnets and Plays (2002), and Literature and the Touch of the Real (2004). He wrote Hamlet's dreams : the Robben Island Shakespeare, published 2013.

Awards, etc.

In 1992 he was the winner of the Thomas Pringle Award for the best critical article published in a South African journal in 1990/1991 and in 2006 for a literary article on Shakespeare's sonnets and plays.

He is a world renowned Shakespeare scholar; he received an A-rating as researcher from the NRF in 2008.


NELM Literary Awards database.

Mail and Guardian, 20 September 2007.

Profile on Queen Mary, University of London web page [1].

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