21st-Century Literature and the Holocaust. A Comparative and Multilingual Perspective. University of Antwerp
Constrained. A Comparative Study of the Influence of Form on the Material Transmission of Middle Dutch Literature. University of Antwerp
Sabbatical Leave during professorship in comparative literature Ghent University
The sabbatical leave will facilitate the completion of two work packages that are part of my U+201CA Cultural History of British and French Literary Ephemera,1680-1830.U+201D The project will draw up a comparative studies narrative of cultural production and construct a history of literature that pays attention to corpora of textuality hitherto omitted from literary historiography.
Migrant Literature between Homogeneity and Diversity: a Comparative Analysis of the Autofictional Strategies in the Work of J.J. Saer, Bianciotti and Copi. KU Leuven
Traditionalist or Reformer? A Comparative Study on Rulership in Kang Youwei’s Utopian Literature KU Leuven
Kang Youwei 康有為 (1858-1927) in his Datong shu 大同書 sets out to draw the picture of a utopian future that can do without a distinction between classes, races, sexes, and countries, thereby creating a world in which the highest ideal, datong 大同 (great unity), can be attained. About his predecessors and contemporaries, he laments that “they can somewhat heal small ailments but do not have a complete cure.” While Kang therefore sets out to rework ...
The reception of Scandinavian Literature in the Netherlands and Flanders 1860-1940. A comparative Analysis of the role of Networks and the Impact of the Ethnolinguistic Discourse. Ghent University
This research aims at mapping and analyzing the networks of Dutch and Flemish cultural transmitters who, between 1860 and 1940, had a particular interest in Scandinavian literature. The analysis is based on a model of Social Network Analysis that is designed specifically for cultural transfer. A contrastive Dutch-Flemish perspective makes it possible to bring up language ideology abd the ethnolinguistic discourse.
Special Research Fund Professorship in comparative literature Ghent University
Tense and Aspect in Early Chinese Buddhist Literature: A Diachronic and Comparative Study Ghent University
This research deals with the contextualized usages of tense and aspect expressions in early Chinese Buddhist literature produced before the fifth century, the primary sources of early Chinese. The linguistic features of their tense and aspect markers will be compared with those in pre-Buddhist texts and contemporary non-Buddhist texts thus revealing how those markers developed in early Chinese.
Harlem, Capital of World Literature? James Baldwin’s 21st-Century Career and the Dynamics of Contemporary World Literature KU Leuven
The academic study of world literature was boosted around the turn of the millennium by three field-defining accounts of the dynamics that make particular authors and oeuvres count as world literature (Casanova; Damrosch; Moretti). Now that world literature has consolidated itself as an academic object of study, it has entered a self-reflexive phase. This project is part of this “critical world literature studies” moment (Helgesson and ...