Ksenia Robbe

Ksenia Robbe is an Assistant Professor at Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society, University of Leiden, specializing in African and Comparative literature. She received her PhD in English and American Literature and Culture from the University of Giessen with a dissertation on South African women’s writing. She holds degrees in African Studies with a major in African literatures and English language and translation from the University of St. Petersburg. Before Leiden, she taught at the universities of Giessen and Muenster, and was a visiting scholar at the faculty of Social Sciences in Freiburg and at African Studies Centre in Cape Town.

Her recently published book, Conversations of Motherhood: South African Women’s Writing Across Traditions, is a comparative study focusing on the ways of re-figuring history through the tropes and representations of motherhood in contemporary English and Afrikaans prose. Other publications include essays on the production of cultural theory in South Africa, and on nostalgia and re-writing of ‘transition’ in the work of Antjie Krog. Her current research explores comparative perspectives on memory and social transformation in contemporary Russian and South African literature and art. 

Research interests: Memory studies and historiography, gender studies, public sphere and intellectuals, post-transitional societies in a global framework, postcolonial and world literatures and art.

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