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Bio

Bio

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 numerous 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 (book contract Cambridge Publishers) and on The Truths of Fiction in Digital Societies

Expertise

In my research I examine how literary strategies can be used in the analysis and understanding of current democratic public sphere(s).

My first interest is in how meta-modernism 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 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 in interventions in political debates.

Teaching

Bachelor Programme: Online Culture

Master track: Art & Media Studies

Honors Programme: The Societal Challenge of Migration

Courses

Recent publications

  1. Julian Barnes' The Man in the Red Coat: Celebrity Culture in the Bell…

    Heynders, O. (2020). Julian Barnes' The Man in the Red Coat: Celebrity Culture in the Belle Epoque [Review of the book The Man in the Red Coat, J. Barnes, 2019]. Diggit Magazine. https://www.diggitmagazine.com/book-reviews/barnes-man-red-coat
  2. Literary Activism: Behrouz Boochani's No Friend but the Mountains [Re…

    Heynders, O. (2020). Literary Activism: Behrouz Boochani's No Friend but the Mountains [Review of the book No Friend but the Mountains, B. Boochani, 2019]. Diggit Magazine. https://www.diggitmagazine.com/column/literary-activism-behrouz-boochani-s-no-friend-mountains
  3. Perspectives on the Common - The Input of Literature

    Heynders, O. (2020). Perspectives on the Common: The Input of Literature. In E. Aarts, H. Fleuren, M. Sitskoorn, & T. Wilthagen (Eds.), The New Common, How the Covid-19 Pandemic is Transforming Society (pp. 104-110). Open Press TiU. https://digi-courses.com/openpresstiu-the-new-common/
  4. Questions and Answers - Asylum Seeking Procedures Represented in Cont…

    Heynders, O. (2020). Questions and Answers: Asylum Seeking Procedures Represented in Contemporary Literature. Scritture Migranti, Rivista annuale di scambi interculturali, 12(1), 27.
  5. Genoa as Lived and Imagined Social Space in the Work of Ilja Leonard …

    Heynders, O. (2019). Genoa as Lived and Imagined Social Space in the Work of Ilja Leonard Pfeijffer. Journal of Dutch Literature, 10(2), 1-16. [10.2]. http://www.journalofdutchliterature.org/index.php/jdl/article/download/192/178

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