Geert Buelens - Biography#


  • Studies in Dutch & English Language & Literature (Brussels and Antwerp, 1989-1993), PhD from Antwerp University (2000) before being appointed at Utrecht in 2005.
  • Peter Paul Rubens Chair at University of California, Berkeley (Spring 2005).
  • Since 2008 Guest professor of Dutch Literature at Stellenbosch University (RSA) and Kluge Fellow at the Library of Congress (2008).

Geert Buelens is professor of Modern Dutch Literature at Utrecht University, guest professor of Dutch Literature at Stellenbosch University (RSA) and Kluge Fellow at the Library of Congress (2008). His research deals primarily with the intersections between literature and society. He has published widely on the Flemish avant-garde writer Paul van Ostaijen and on 20th Century avant-garde poetry, nationalist literature and poetry of the First World War.

He is the author of Van Ostaijen tot heden. Zijn invloed op de Vlaamse poëzie (Vantilt/KANTL, 2001, 2001², 2008³, winner of the Flemish Culture Prize for Essay and Criticism, 2003), a collection of essays on poetry and society, Oneigenlijk gebruik (Vantilt, 2008) and a monograph on European First World War poetry (Europa Europa, Ambo, 2008 - ABN-AMRO Award for Best Non-Fiction Book of 2008).

He is co-editor of De stem der Loreley. Over Paul van Ostaijen (with Erik Spinoy; Bert Bakker, 1996), Wegwijzers naar de werkelijkheid. Paul van Ostaijen 1896-1928 (with Georges Wildemeersch; Pandora, 1996), De militanten van de limiet. Over censuur en vrije meningsuiting (with Bert Bultinck, Pieter De Buysser and Dirk Mertens; Van Halewyck, 2000), De Trust der Vaderlandsliefde. Over literatuur en Vlaamse Beweging 1890-1940 (with Matthijs de Ridder and Jan Stuyck; AMVC-Letterenhuis, 2005), Waar België voor staat (with Jan Goossens and David van Reybrouck, Meulenhoff/Manteau, 2007) and the two volume België. Een parcours van herinnering (with Jo Tollebeek, Gita Deneckere, Chantal Kesteloot & Sophie de Schaepdrijver; Bert Bakker, 2008). He edited the anthologies De beste gedichten van 2001 (De Arbeiderspers, 2002) and the largest collection of First World War poetry, over 200 poems from thirty languages (Het lijf in slijk geplant, Ambo, 2008). He is co-editor of the Journal of Dutch Literature and a regular contributor to Belgian and Dutch newspapers.

His current research is on the cultural history of the 1960s, the writing of national and international literary histories, neutrality and the First World War and the interplay between poetry and song writing since the Romantic Era.
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