Dr Duncan Reyburn

Dr Duncan Reyburn

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BA (IOW) (UP); MA Visual Studies (UP); PhD (UP)

Tel: +27 12 420 5189   E-mail: [email protected]


Duncan Reyburn, PhD, is a Senior Lecturer in both practical and theoretical subjects in Information Design at the University of Pretoria. In his teaching, he specialises in the theory and practice of idea generation and visual rhetoric. In his research, he has an interest in a lot of things, including: hermeneutical philosophy, philosophical theology, mimetic theory and visual (design) culture. He is the author of Seeing things as they are: G. K. Chesterton and the drama of meaning (Cascade, 2016).


Twitter: @duncanreyburn


Research highlights


Reyburn, D. 2016. Seeing things as they are: G. K. Chesterton and the drama of meaning. Eugene: Cascade.

Journal articles

Reyburn, D. 2018. Love in the time of the zombie contagion: A Girardian-Weilienne reading of World War Z. Studies in the Fantastic. 5(1):47-77.

Reyburn, D. 2015. The beautiful madness called laughter: On the role of humour in Chesterton’s philosophy. The Chesterton Review 41(3 & 4): 473-486.

Reyburn, D & Kirstein, M. 2015. g.o.d. and the deus ex machina of design. Image & Text 26(1): 66-91.

Reyburn, D. 2015. Laughter and the between: G. K. Chesterton and the reconciliation of theology and hilarity. Radical Orthodoxy: Theology, Philosophy, Politics 3(1).

Reyburn, D. 2014. Reconfiguring the contagion: A Girardian reading of the zombie apocalypse as a plea for a politics of weakness. Image & Text 24: 116-154.

Reyburn, D & Bowie, A. 2014. Expanding the terministic screen: A Burkean critique of information visualisation in the context of design education. KB Journal 10(1). Available Online: http://kbjournal.org/bowie_reyburn_visualization

Reyburn, D. 2014. Subversive joy and positive reciprocity: A Chestertonian-Girardian dialogue. Contagion: Journal of Violence, Mimesis and culture 21 (1):157-174.

Reyburn, D. 2013/4. Cross-examination: An interrogation of Peter Rollins’s hermeneutic of the cross. Expository Times 127: 313-322.

Reyburn, D. 2013. Image and imagination: Chesterton on Moral Photography, The Chesterton Review 39 (3&4):111-124.

Reyburn, D. 2013.Recycled food for thought: 'Designing for sustainability' as an ideological category. International Journal of Zizek Studies 7(2):[sp].

Reyburn, 2011.Chesterton’s ontology and the ethics of speculation.Image & Text18(1):50-62.

Reyburn, 2008. Nomads at a X-roads (Crossroads): A framework for ethics in South African design. Image & Text 14(2): 6-17.


Chapters in books

Reyburn, D & Sirvent, R. 2018. The spotlight and the ‘courage to be an absolute nobody’: Towards a Kierkegaardian-Chestertonian political theology of ego, in Kierkegaard and political theology, edited by R Sirvent and S Morgan. Eugene: Pickwick: 288-303.

Reyburn, D & Sirvent, R. 2017. Uniforms and unanimity: Reading the rhetorical entanglement of militarism and sport through mimetic realism, in Sport and Militarism: Contemporary Global Perspectives, edited by Michael L. Butterworth. London: Routledge: 191-208.

Reyburn, D. 2016. Of course, but maybe: Louis CK meets the unconscious. In Louis CK and Philosophy, edited by M Ralkowski. New York: Open Court.

Reyburn, D. 2016. The politics of possession: Reading King James’s Daemonologie through the lens of mimetic realism, in Philosophical approaches to demonology, edited by R Arp and B McCraw. London: Routledge.

Reyburn, D. 2013. Verbeelding en Christenskap, in Om temag dink, edited by U Carstens. Pretoria: Aros & Juventus: 135-144.

Reyburn, 2012. The death of the feminine and the homelessness of man: A Chestertonian perspective on Shutter Island (2010) and Inception (2010), in Sacred selves: essays on gender, religion and popular culture, edited by J Claassens & S Viljoen. Cape Town: Griffel.


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