Sanko Lewis (Ph.D)

Artist / Lecturer / Writer / Editor / Martial Artist / Model / Graphic Designer / Philosopher


Students can find information for my classes here: Academic


My academic career includes degrees in Graphic Design & Business Communication, English Language & Literature (Hons.), Creative Writing (M.A. - Cum Laude), and a PhD in Physical Education Taekwondo, with research focus in East Asian Philosophy and Ethics of War.My scholarly interests are: (East Asian) Philosophy and Ethics, Martial Art Studies, Postmodernism, identity, creativity, creative writing, comparative religious studies, and, of course, literature, particularly poetry. 

My master's degree dissertation concerned "The Creation and Representation of a Postmodern Character Identity in Prose" / Afrikaans title: "Die skep en voorstelling van 'n postmoderne karakteridentiteit in proza" [PDF].

My PhD dissertation involved: "Preaching Peace, Practising War: Mohism's Resolution of the Paradocixal Ethics of War and Self-Defence in East Asian Martial Arts", for which I received an academic award from the graduate school. 


I have been teaching full-time since the middle of 2008, and have been an assistant professor since 2012. My lecturing experience has been primarily within English Studies. My focus is English Literature with emphasis on poetry, specifically 19th and 20th century poetry. I also occasionally teach modules in Language Acquisition and Academic Literacy. 

The following are courses I have taught. My primary classes are in bold. 

Literature & CultureApplied LanguageAcademic Literacy
19th Century British Poetry (Romantics)Basic VocabularyEssay Writing
19th & 20th Century American PoetryBasic WritingPractical English Composition
Anglo-American EssaysIntermediate Listening & ConversationPresentations (Public Speakings)
Anglo-American Short StoriesIntermediate Reading & WritingResearch Methodology
Prose Reading & Response Essays
Advanced Grammar
Shakespear Comedies
Shakespeare Tragedies

Shakespeare Cinematic Adaptations (Film Theory)

Renaissance Literature

Poetry in Music 

Creative Writing

I've also taught, or have been involved academically or professionally in, Editing / Proofreading, Creative Writing, Philosophy, Graphic Design, and Natural Health Therapies.


Apart from lecturing, I'm involved in different projects. 

One of my major long term projects is the development of an online literary encyclopaedia: Literary Terminology. In it's first phase it is in Afrikaans and Dutch, but will later expand into English. I'm doing the project in collaboration with the School for Languages at the North-West University (NWU), South Africa, and with financial support from Dutch sponsors. 

I'm also in collaboration with faculty from the University of South Africa (UNISA) with whom I work on a magazine called Guillotine that focusses on art, literature, and creative writing, for which I function as the Creative Editor. 

Furthermore, I'm doing research in Martial Art Studies.