Marlene van Niekerk Website
Marlene van Niekerk holds the Africa Chair for regioncommission Southern Africa. She is a South African author who is best known for her novels Triomf and Agaat, both translated into Dutch. Her graphic and controversial descriptions of a poor Afrikaner family in Johannesburg brought her to the forefront of a post-apartheid society, still struggling to come to terms with all the changes in South Africa. Agaat deals with race and power in intimate relationships in a higher middle class context. Van Niekerk studied Languages and Philosophy at Stellenbosch University and obtained an MA with the thesis “Die aard en belang van die literêre vormgewing in ‘Also sprach Zarathustra’” in 1978. She furthered her studies in philosophy and cultural anthropology at the University of Amsterdam where the focus was on the notions of myth in the work of Ricoeur and Levi- Strauss. She is currently writer-in-residence at the University of Stellenbosch where she teaches creative writing.