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writer , humanities educator

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.


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.


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  • Other Work

    • 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.


  • Other Interests

    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.

Antony Gerhardus Boehmer Fredrika


Mark Hirst

Steven John Matthews

Thomas Jacob Matthews Boehmer

Samuel Arnon Matthews Boehmer