Robyn Bloch is doing a PhD in English Literature as a doctoral researcher at WiSER. Her work looks into apartheid perpetrator narratives published after 2010 to try to understand how these (mostly) men are being represented — what is included and what is left out of these narratives. Can this tell us something about what the South African public needs its perpetrators to be now? This is undertaken to track the shift in the Truth and Reconciliation’s definitions and narratives of both victims and perpetrators.
Robyn’s cum laude master’s dissertation used Salman Rushdie’s The Satanic Verses to speculate on the possibility of an ethical way of representing the other — both as framed absence and as historical subject. She has won a number of awards for her academic and creative writing.
She teaches in the English literature department where she recently developed a foundational writing-intensive course to aid students in argumentation and critical thinking.