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Chris van der Merwe
Biographical info

Chris van der Merwe is Associate Professor of Afrikaans and Dutch Literature at the University of Cape Town. He has written numerous articles in English, Afrikaans and Dutch on South African and Dutch Literature and on theory of literature.

He has also written and edited a number of books on Literature, including Breaking Barriers – Stereotypes and the Changing of Values in Afrikaans Literature (1994), Strangely Familiar – South African Narratives on Town and Countryside (2001), Storyscapes – South African Perspectives on Literature, Space and Identity (2004), Beyond the Threshold – Essays on Liminality and Literature (the latter two with Hein Viljoen as co-editor).

His current research focuses on narrative and trauma, and he is the co-author, with Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela, of  Narrating our Healing – Perspectives on Working through Trauma (2007). He has lectured at various universities in Western and Central Europe and in the United States, and he received the Book Journalist of the Year award in 1994 for his radio talks on South African Literature.
Chris has been actively involved in the ministry of his church as an elder for many years.  

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