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Elleke Deirdre Boehmer

Elleke Deirdre Boehmer, South African, British humanities educator, writer. Recipient Writer's award, Arts Council England, 1997, Research Leave award, Arts and Humanities Research Board, 2003; fellow, University Natal, South Africa, 1998; scholar, Rhodes Trust, 1985-1988. Member of European Association Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies.


  • Boehmer, Elleke Deirdre was born on November 14, 1961 in Durban, South Africa. Daughter of Antony Gerhardus Boehmer and Fredrika ten Tusschedé.

  • Education

    • Bachelor with honors, Rhodes University, South Africa, 1983. Master of Philosophy, Oxford University, England, 1987. Doctor of Philosophy, Oxford University, England, 1990.


    • Lecturer Vista University, South Africa, 1984—1985, University Exeter, England, 1987—1988, Oxford University, 1988—1990. Lecturer, then senior lecturer University Leeds, England, 1990—1999. Professor Nottingham (England) Trent University, since 1999.

      Visiting professor University Adelaide, Australia, 2003. Member, panelist Arts and Humanities Research Board, England, since 2001. Consultant Swedish Research Council, 2002.

      Series editor Oxford University Press, 2002.


    • An Immaculate Figure
    • An Immaculate Figure is the story of the guileless model and ‘good girl’ Rosandra White who is successively drawn into the orbit of three powerful men: her uncle the wheeler-dealer Bass, the arms trader Michaelis and the revolutionary Ahmed.
    • Screens Against the Sky
    • Set in South Africa in the late seventies, this novel describes the relationship between a mother and daughter, locked in a confined and self-absorbed world of domestic tension, until Annemarie starts work at a clinic for blacks.
    • Author: Screens Against the Sky, 1990, Immaculate Figure, 1993, Bloodlines, 2000, 2 monographs. Editor: (collection) Empire Writing, 1998, (new edition) Baden-Powell's Scouting for Boys (Oxford World's Classics), 2004. Contributor articles to professional journals.

      Member editorial board: Journal Southern African Studies, since 1992, consultant editor: Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies (translated into Chinese), since 1998.


    Member of European Association Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies.



    Swimming, films, travel.


    • Married Mark Hirst, June 24, 1988 (divorced October 10, 1992). Married Steven John Matthews, December 5, 1994. Children: Thomas Jacob Matthews Boehmer, Samuel Arnon Matthews Boehmer.
    • father: Antony Gerhardus Boehmer Fredrika
    • mother: Fredrika
    • spouses: Mark Hirst
    • Steven John Matthews
    • children: Thomas Jacob Matthews Boehmer
    • Samuel Arnon Matthews Boehmer
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    Born November 14, 1961
    (age 56)
    • 1983
      Rhodes University
    • 1987
      Oxford University
    • 1990
      Oxford University
    • 1984 - 1985
      Lecturer, Vista University
      South Africa
    • 1987 - 1988
      Lecturer, Vista University
      England, Arkansas, United States
    • 1988 - 1990
      Lecturer, Vista University
    • 1990 - 1999
      lecturer, lecturer University Leeds
      England, Arkansas, United States
    • 1990 - 1999
      then senior, lecturer University Leeds
      England, Arkansas, United States
    • 1999
      professor, Nottingham (England) Trent University
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