Dr Jerzy Koch
Research Fellow
Afrs Dutch German French
FGG 213
Afrikaans Dutch German and French
IB 20

Short CV

Jerzy Koch (DrsLitt – University of Wroclaw, PhD - KULeuven, DLitt – University of Wroclaw) is head of the Division Dutch and South African Studies at the School of English of the A. Mickiewicz-University in Poznan. He is also chief editor of “Werkwinkel. Journal of Low Countries and South African Studies” <http://ifa.amu.edu.pl/werkwinkel >. He lectures specifically Dutch literature after 1830, colonial literature and Afrikaans and as researcher he is interrested in translations, literary transfer and Afrikaans literature.

His books include Multatuli w Polsce (2000, Multatuli in Poland), Miedzy Holandia a Indonezja (2000, Between the Netherlands and Indonesia), Outsider onder de zijnen: vormen van xenofanie in de Afrikaanse roman (2002), Historia literatury poludniowoafrykanskiej. Literatura afrikaans XVII-XIX wiek (2004, History of South African literature. Afrikaans literature 17th-19th century), Wenus Hotentocka i inne rozprawy o literaturze poludniowoafrykanskiej (2008, Hottentot Venus and other essayes on South African literature).

Some of the books, e.g. Outsider is available in Dutch at: http://www.dbnl.org/tekst/koch003outs01

Shis articles had been published in a.o. Spiegel der Letteren, Over Multatuli, Hollands Maandblad, Stilet, Literator, Tydskrif vir Nederlands & Afrikaans and Acta Academica.

For his translations from the Dutch literature into Polish (more than twenty books, a.o. of H. Claus, J. Bernlef, H. de Coninck, G. Kouwenaar, Lucebert, H. Mulisch, Multatuli, L. Nolens, P. Rodenko, F. Timmermans) he received the M Nijhoff-award (1995). For his endeavours in the field of neerlandistiek in Poland he received the Visser Neerlandia award in 2009. He also translated Ingrid Jonker and Etienne Leroux.

Jerzy Koch is a member of the Maatschapij der Nederlandse Letterkunde in Leiden, Association of Polish authors (SPP) and is the first foreign member of the South African Academy of Science and Art (2006).

He is married to Magdalena an extraordinary professor at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan.


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