Martina Vitackova is post-doctoral fellow at the Ghent centre for Afrikaans and the study of South Africa at Ghent University, Belgium, working on representation of female subjectivity in women’s writing in Afrikaans from 1994 onwards. She received a PhD. degree in Theory of Literature for her thesis Back to the Roots? Forming New Concepts of Women’s Identity in Contemporary Postcolonial Literature Written by Women in Dutch and Afrikaans, which came out as a book under the same title. Martina publishes on the topics of feminist literary theory, women’s writing, Dutch and Afrikaans literature, and most recently on popular romance. She spent 5 years as a post-doc at the University of Pretoria, where she co-founded the Gender Studies research group – GR@UP .