Dick Corballis, New Zealand English literature academic, Died at 70


Richard Patrick “Dick” Corballis was born on March 24, 1946, and died on July 20, 2016.

He was a New Zealand academic.

Dick was specialised in the study of Irish literature, and particularly the writings of James Joyce.

He was the son of Alice Elizabeth Corballis (née Harris) and Philip Patrick Corballis, and the youngest brother of psychologist Michael Corballis.

He received at Wanganui Collegiate School, he went on to study at the University of Canterbury, graduating Master of Arts in 1967, and the University of Southampton, where he was awarded a PhD in 1972.

He was a member on the faculty at the University of Canterbury for 19 years, before relocating to Massey University, where he was appointed professor and head of the department of English, and involved in the establishment of that institution’s campus at Albany in Auckland

Dick’s doctoral thesis was entitled George Chapman’s development as a comic dramatist.

During 1969 he married Penny Dawson, and the couple went on to have three children.

Dick Corballis passed away at 70 years old.