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Staff Profile

Professor Victor Houliston

Position PROFESSOR
QualificationsDPhil, MA, BAHons, STD, BA
Phone 0117174106
Email Victor.Houliston@wits.ac.za
Organisational Unit English

B rief Professional History

Victor Houliston is Professor of English Literature. His research interests include early modern English literature and religious history. He is currently engaged in a multi-volume, multi-lingual edition of the Correspondence and Unpublished Papers of Robert Persons, SJ (1546–1610). He is Joint Editor of the Southern African Journal for Medieval and Renaissance Studies. Formerly, he was the editor of English Studies in Africa (between 1996 and 2005) and Chairman of the Southern African Society for Medieval and Renaissance Studies. Prior to joining the University of the Witwatersrand, he worked in the English Departments of the University of Cape Town (between 1981 and 1983) and Stowe School, Buckingham (between 1986 and 1988).

Teaching and Supervision

Victor Houliston provides general undergraduate teaching to Honours level, with particular interest in medieval and Renaissance literature, eighteenth-century satire and nineteenth-century fiction. He supervises postgraduate work in Medieval, Renaissance and Nineteenth Century English Literature.

Selected Publications

‘The Violence of the Knowledge of God: John Donne and the Ordinance of Preaching’. Religion and Literature 45.1 (Spring 2013): 33–54.

‘Her Majesty, which is Now in Heaven: Mary Tudor and the Elizabethan Catholics’. In Susan Doran and Thomas S. Freeman (eds), Mary Tudor: Old and New Perspectives (pp. 33–44). Houndmills: Palgrave, 2010.

‘Medieval Studies and the Voice of Conscience in Twentieth-Century South Africa’. In Kathleen Davis and Nadia Altschul (eds), Medievalisms in the Postcolonial World: The Idea of ‘the Middle Ages’ Outside Europe (pp. 348–68). Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009.

Catholic Resistance in Elizabethan England: Robert Persons’s Jesuit Polemic, 1580–1610. Catholic Christendom 1300–1700. Aldershot: Ashgate / Rome: Jesuit Historical Institute, 2007.

‘An Apologia for John Donne’s Pseudo-Martyr’. Review of English Studies 57 (2006): 474–86.

‘Baffling the Blatant Beast: Robert Persons’s Anti-Appellant Rhetoric, 1601–2’. Catholic Historical Review 90 (2004): 39–455.

‘The Lord Treasurer and the Jesuit: Robert Persons’s Satirical Responsio to the 1591 Proclamation’. Sixteenth Century Journal 32.2 (2001): 383–401.

The Christian Directory (1582): The First Booke of the Christian Exercise, appertaining to Resolution, by Robert Persons. Studies in the History of Christian Thought. Leiden: E. J. Brill, 1998.

Breuis dialogismus: An anonymous Becket play from the Jesuit Seminary at St Omer’. English Literary Renaissance 23 (1993): 382–427.

The Silkewormes and their Flies, by Thomas Moffet (1599). Renaissance English Text Society. Binghamton, NY: Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies, 1989.

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