The staff of the Department of Literary Studies conduct research into a wide spectrum of literatures in modern and ancient languages.

Our research is embedded in interuniversitary research communities such as GOLIATH en OLITH, in strategic international partnerships such as the U4 (Ghent – Gottingen – Uppsala – Groningen), and in academic networks such as ENN, ESSE, MLA, Esprit, IVG, GSA, the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Research Society for Victorian Periodicals and the International Society for Cultural History.

Topics of expertise

Focus areas of our research include: affect, book history, contemporary literature, cultural memory, digital humanities, early modern literature, ecocriticism, genetic criticism, genre studies, identity, interculturality, literary history, literary translation, literature from Antiquity, literature from Late Antiquity, Medieval literature, Modern literature, narratology, periodical studies, poetics and rhetoric.

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Members of our department conduct research in theoretical and comparative literary studies and in the following languages: literatures in Dutch, English, French, German, Greek, Italian, Latin, Swedish and Spanish.

Research Projects

Current and recent research projects in literary studies can be consulted on the faculty research portal.  

Research Groups

The members of our department collaborate in a number of research groups: Afrikaans, CEL19, CGS, CLIV, CMSI, CSCT, GEMS, GermanLit, GhentCDH, GICS, HPIMS, MAPS, POWEZIE, RELICS, SARTON, SEL, THALIA


An overview of the most recently added publications from our department.

Literary Studies Workshop

The Literary Studies Workshop provides the department's researchers with the opportunity to present their research to colleagues and to receive feedback.

The Literary Studies Workshop is a lunchtime initiative aimed at bringing together literary scholars across the different sections and disciplines in the department. At least twice a month, we team up to get to know our colleagues and the areas they work in. Junior and senior researchers meet to discuss papers or articles nearing completion, to listen to presentations of new and ongoing research projects, to provide feedback on funding applications or to collectively reflect on key texts and issues that matter in literary studies today. Occasionally, we also invite guest speakers.

Graduate Support Network

The Graduate Support Network aims to support PhD and postdocs working within the department.