Odile Heynders is Professor of Comparative Literature at the Department of Culture Studies of Tilburg University. She was a fellow at the Netherlands Institute of Advanced Sciences (NIAS) in 1998/99 and 2004/05. She published books and articles on European literature and authorship. Her book Writers as Public Intellectuals, Literature, Celebrity, Democracy(2016)appeared at Palgrave McMillan. Her current research (book) projects are on Experiences of Migration in Literature (Cambridge Publishers) and on Truths of Fiction in Digitalised Societies.
In my research I examine how literary practices are of influence in the analysis and understanding of current democratic public sphere(s).
My first interest is in how metamodernism as a reflective genre of literature, offering a political scenario as well as specific literary mechanisms, is effective in digital public spheres and could help comprehending emerging phenomena such as fake news and the play with scripts and fabricated identities.
My second interest is in how author positions develop in digitalised public spheres and how new forms of activism and cultural authority are effective as aesthetic interventions in political debates.
- BA Truth of Fiction
- BA Transformations of the Public Sphere
- BA Feminist Studies: Artists & Intellectuals
- MA New Private & Public Spheres
- MA Beauty and the Sublime Online
- MA Urgent Media Topic: Migration
- HP European Discourses: Literary History and Diversity