van der Merwe is a senior lecturer in the School of Languages in the Subject Group: German at the North-West University (Potchefstroom Campus) in South Africa. He has published on the fiction of Hans-Ulrich Treichel and E.L. Doctorow. He teaches German literature as well as German as a foreign language. Most recent publications include “Die Romantik der ‘zweiten Kindheit’ in Hans-Ulrich Treichels Endlich Berliner! (2011)” in the book Berlin – Bilder einer Metropole in erzählenden Medien für Kinder und Jugendliche (edited by Sabine Planka) and (Dis)continuities in Bond: A Bakhtinian Analysis of the 007 films (together with Prof. Ian Bekker) to be published in Journal of Literary Studies in 2018. The title of his PhD dissertation (2011) is Fictional Worlds and Focalisation in Works by Hermann Hesse and E.L. Doctorow.
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