I am a Senior Lecturer of European Literature (UD1) at Radboud University, Nijmegen. I have a background in Victorian studies and am currently extending my inquiries into the first half of the twentieth century. My current research focuses on the role of literature and the arts in geopolitical institutions, from the Congress of Vienna to the League of Nations. Related areas of interest include the spatial turn, the poetics of infrastructure, and word and image studies (in particular the graphic novel and videogames). I am the book review editor of the European Journal of English Studies and a member of the Radboud Young Academy.
After my studies in English and Latin (BA), Western Literature (MA), and Literary Studies (Advanced MA), I earned a PhD in Literary Studies from the University of Leuven (Belgium) in August 2013. After three more years at Leuven as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow, I joined the Department of Literary and Cultural Studies at Radboud University (The Netherlands) in 2017.
During my studies and research, I benefited from stays at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the University of Oxford, and the University of Cambridge.
My first book, Anthony Trollope's Late Style: Victorian Liberalism and Literary Form was published in February 2016. Inspired by and engaging with Frankfurt School critical theory, this study situates Trollope’s novels from the 1870s in the context of Victorian public discourse. It argues that through formal experiments these novels articulate a form of subjectivity in which the individual element, agency, has been erased, and that this is a token of Trollope’s response to the onset of global capitalism. Building on this work, I have co-edited The Edinburgh Companion to Anthony Trollope (2019), which explores the many ways in which Anthony Trollope may be read in the twenty-first century and which brings together some of the world’s leading Victorianists.
I have an abiding interest in the ways in which aesthetics and economics are mutually sustaining categories of negotiation and exchange, which has resulted in a special issue in the European Journal of English Studies.
My work on nineteenth-century prose and poetry has also opened up a number of other research avenues. Building on current investigations into cosmopolitanism, I have been assembling a literary history of European diplomacy in the nineteenth and twentieth century. In this context, I have written on authors such as William Wordsworth, Thomas Moore, Matthew Arnold, Alfred Lord Tennyson, and W. H. Auden.
In addition to my core research, I attempt to communicate my expertise to a wider audience through artistic collaborations, as in a graphic novel, a documentary featuring the eminent literary critic J. Hillis Miller, and interviews with contemporary writers such as John Banville, Sara Baume, and Anne Enright.
If you are unable to access my publications, please do not hesitate to e-mail me and I will gladly send you a copy.
Over the years, I have given lectures or taught seminars in the following courses.
Radboud University Nijmegen
Literature and human rights
Methods and approaches within the humanities
Intertextuality and intermediality
Literature in society, society in literature
History of the arts: Antiquity to the Renaissance
History of the arts: Baroque to Romanticism
History of the arts: 1850-1940
History of the arts: 1945-present
Introduction to literary studies
The short story and the novel (English Proficiency I)
The Victorian novel (English Proficiency II)
The human animal (English Literature III)
William Shakespeare’s plays (English Literature III)
Literary texts of the Western canon
Theatre, theory, and culture