Intellectual challenge is as necessary as breathing: an interview with Laurence Wright

Wright, L.S. and Pearce, B. (2009) Intellectual challenge is as necessary as breathing: an interview with Laurence Wright. English Academy Review, 26 (1). pp. 72-86. ISSN 1013-1752



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Professor Laurence Wright is Director of the Institute for the Study of English in Africa at Rhodes University. In 2009, he will have completed 25 years of research, teaching and scholarship at Rhodes University and this interview marks the occasion. A Rhodes Scholar and a Commonwealth Scholar, he studied at the universities of Rhodes, Warwick and Oxford. He is also Honorary Life President of the Shakespeare Society of Southern Africa. He has published widely in literary studies and is the Managing Editor of two academic journals as well as of the poetry magazine New Coin. He currently serves on the Council of the English Academy and is a co-opted member of the English National Language Body. He has taken a broad interest in the role of English in this country, ranging from language policy and teacher education matters, to archival research and the role of the humanities in public life. I thought that it would be worthwhile to interview him as his knowledge of literature is substantial, while his incisive and engaging thoughts on a range of topics are worth hearing. The interview was conducted intermittently by email between July and October, 2008.

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Divisions:Research Institutes and Units > Institute for the Study of English in Africa (ISEA)
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Deposited By: Prof Laurence Wright
Deposited On:15 May 2009
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