Birgit Van Puymbroeck

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Birgit Van Puymbroeck is Assistant Professor in Literature in English and Research Methodology at VUB (tenure-track).

She studied English and French Literary Studies and Linguistics at Ghent University and Trinity College Dublin, and received her PhD in Literary Studies from Ghent University in 2012 for her dissertation on Anglo-French literary networks in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. She has held postdoctoral fellowships at Yale University, funded by the Belgian American Educational Foundation (2013-14), and at Ghent University, funded by the special research fund (2013-15) and the Research Foundation – Flanders (2015-18; 2018-21). In 2017, she was a visiting fellow at Queen Mary University of London and in 2020 at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the University of Edinburgh.

Birgit works on various aspects of late nineteenth- and twentieth-century Anglophone and Francophone literature and culture. Her book Modernist Literature and European Identity (Routledge 2020) examines how European and non-European authors debated the idea of Europe in the first half of the twentieth century. It shifts the focus from ‘European modernism’ to ‘modernist Europe’ and shows how the notion of Europe was constructed in a variety of modernist texts. Together with Marysa Demoor and Cedric Van Dijck, Birgit co-edited The Edinburgh Companion to First World War Periodicals (Edinburgh University Press 2023), a reference work on First World War newspapers and magazines with contributions from thirty leading scholars in the field. Her workhas appeared in international peer-reviewed journals such as PMLAModernism/modernityModernist CulturesModern Language ReviewVictorian Periodicals Review and the Journal of European Periodical Studies. She is co-editor of Afterlives of the Brontës, a special issue of Brontë Studies (with Marysa Demoor and Olivia Malfait) and former editor-in-chief of DiGeSt: Journal of Diversity and Gender Studies. With Inge Arteel, she currently co-directs the FWO-funded project “Broadcast Biographies: Innovations in Genre and Medium (1945-2020).”

Birgit is affiliated with the Centre for Literary and Intermedial Crossings (CLIC) at VUB. She is the co-founder of the 20cc research group at Ghent University and a member of the interdisciplinary 'Writing 1900' network. She is a member of the Belgian Young Academy (2018-2023) and the Young Leaders Academy of the European University EUTOPIA alliance (2021-2023).She has experience (co-)supervising students and is open to receiving requests for PhD and MA supervision in her areas of expertise.


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