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O.M. (Odile) Heynders


Hoogleraar Comparative Literature

Tilburg School of Humanities
Department of Culture Studies

 

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Description of the project EUROPEAN VOICES

The project addresses the hybridity of literature, the blurring of text genres (autobiography, essay, novel) and discourses (literature, history, journalism, politics) in current globalised EU societies. The assumption is that imagination is a tool in getting grip on the social and political circumstances in a globlised reality (Appadurai 1996). Both writers and politicians make use of imagination, however, they do this in different ways: the politician by myth making (making reality more attractive) and the author by the explicit feigning of truth (the resistance of reality). In this project the various strategies of everyday storytelling, the creation of myths and the resistant writing of literary narratives are examined in order to get a comprehension of Europe as an idea (G. Delanty 1995), a historical construction and an experience.

 

Main focus is on questions such as:

- What role do European writers take as public intellectuals in political debates?

- What is the power of fiction/imagination in relation to political discussion?

- What is the position of the self-reflecting narrator as authentic voice on historical events?

- How do politicians write/mystify their autobiographies?

 

Conference papers 2013

1. Harvard US 27-29 April 2013 - Public Intellectual Conference IV: Public Roles: The Activist-Writer BHL

2. Ghent Belgium 22-25 May 2013 ? Kenneth Burke Conference - Rhetoric as Equipment for Living: The Vox Populi in Poems

3. Tilburg University  6-7 June 2013 - Law and Popular Culture: De Rijdende Rechter, Conjunctures and Rhetoric Observations from the Perspective of Cultural Studies icw Philip Paiement.

 

 


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  • Conference Papers 2014
      1. 26 maart De Buren, Brussels. De spelende mens, Een Hollandse televisieshow in cultuurhistorisch perspectief. 2. 27 maart Congres Achter de verhalen 5 Brussel. Schrijvers: Hun Llteraire oeuvre, politieke mening en publieke performance . 3. 21 maart ACLA New York: Poetry and the Poetic Word in Public Spaces: Ramsey Nasr as Poet Laureate. 4. IALJS Paris France 15-17 May. Literary Journalism, Local, Regional, National, Global. The case of Geert van Istendael.

Publications

Most recent publications

  • Heynders, O. (2014). Speaking the self, narratives of Srebrenica. European Journal of Lifewriting, 3, 1-21. Further information
  • Heynders, O. (2013). Great men: Political leadership in literature. TNTL Tijdschrift voor Nederlandsche taal- en letterkunde, 130(1), 69-83. Further information
  • Heynders, O. (2013). Individual and collective identity: Dutch public intellectual Bas Heijne. Journal of Dutch Literature, 4(1). Further information
  • Heynders, O. (2013). Immigrant intellectual: The case of Ayaan Hirsi Ali. In P. Thijssen, W. Weyns, C. Timmerman, & S. Mels (Eds.), New public spheres: Recontextualizing the intellectual (pp. 125-144). London: Ashgate. Further information
  • Heynders, O. (2012). Waarnemen en verbeelden. [Review of the book Waarom de hel naar zwavel stinkt, S. Kroonenberg, 2011]. De Academische Boekengids, 91(91)Further information

Klik hier voor de uitgebreide publicatielijst (alleen publicaties uit de Tilburg University Repository)

 

Publications

Most recent publications

  • Heynders, O. (2014). Speaking the self, narratives of Srebrenica. European Journal of Lifewriting, 3, 1-21. Further information
  • Heynders, O. (2013). Great men: Political leadership in literature. TNTL Tijdschrift voor Nederlandsche taal- en letterkunde, 130(1), 69-83. Further information
  • Heynders, O. (2013). Individual and collective identity: Dutch public intellectual Bas Heijne. Journal of Dutch Literature, 4(1). Further information
  • Heynders, O. (2013). Immigrant intellectual: The case of Ayaan Hirsi Ali. In P. Thijssen, W. Weyns, C. Timmerman, & S. Mels (Eds.), New public spheres: Recontextualizing the intellectual (pp. 125-144). London: Ashgate. Further information
  • Heynders, O. (2012). Waarnemen en verbeelden. [Review of the book Waarom de hel naar zwavel stinkt, S. Kroonenberg, 2011]. De Academische Boekengids, 91(91)Further information

Klik hier voor de uitgebreide publicatielijst (alleen publicaties uit de Tilburg University Repository)

External accreditation

Editorial boards

. Lid redactie Tijdschrift voor Literatuurwetenschap1995-1999 (uitgever AUP)

. Lid redactie TNTL, september 2007

 

Teaching

BA: Grote verhalen van de Humanities: Cervantes

BA: Globalisation and Art

BA: Wetenschap en Publiek Debat

MA: Veranderingen in Beleving

Liberal Arts: Literature as Social Knowledge

Honors Program European Discourses: Cultural History and Diversity


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Contact details
Room D 226
PO Box 90153
5000 LE Tilburg 
Phone+31 13 466 3131
Secretary+31 13 466 3563
Fax +31 13 466 2892
Email o.m.heynders@tilburguniversity.edu

Hoogleraar Comparative Literature
Tilburg School of Humanities
Department of Culture Studies

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