Current Teaching

  • 20172010

    Contemporary English Literature | Transcultural Holocaust Memory (MA)

    This course examines how, why, and to what effect the memory of the Holocaust is invoked, mobilized, and represented in a wide variety of literary works – novels, essays, plays, and poems from around the English-speaking world – that relate the Nazi genocide of the European Jews to other catastrophic histories, such as the genocide of the Native Americans, African American slavery, colonial oppression, the Partition of British India, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. We will analyse the nature of the mnemonic connections which these texts establish, explore the meaning of the new perspectives on the past which they open up, and study the ethico-political stakes involved in their reconfiguration of culturally prevalent concepts and frameworks of memory.

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  • 20172015

    Postkoloniale geheugenstudies (ManaMa Literatuurwetenschap)

    Deze cursus zal de studenten introduceren tot de basisteksten van het veld van de (postkoloniale) geheugenstudies en hen ertoe in staat stellen literaire teksten die de herinnering aan koloniaal geweld en lijden oproepen, mobiliseren en representeren te analyseren tegen deze theoretische achtergrond. Bijzondere aandacht zal worden besteed aan (1) de interactie tussen herinneringen aan verschillende historische tragedies, bijv. de Holocaust, de slavernij en het kolonialisme, en (2) de ethische en politieke dimensies van het getuigen, die we zullen bestuderen in de context van de Zuid-Afrikaanse Waarheids- en Verzoeningscommissie.

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Teaching History

  • 20152006

    Seminar English Literature (BA3)

    This course aims to assist students in conceiving, planning, researching, writing, and revising a BA paper in the field of literature in English. Simulating the process of producing a scholarly article from idea to print, this course gives students insight into the specific demands of literary research and provides them with hands-on experience of reporting research results, both orally and in writing.

  • 20082006

    English Literature III: Modern Period | Literary Witnessing in Cross-Cultural Perspective (BA3)

    A cursory glance through the trend-setting literary studies journals of recent years suffices to establish that the relationship between literature, trauma, and ethics is among today’s hottest research topics. This course aims to explore this nexus through a theoretical introduction followed by critical readings of a selection of contemporary literary texts in English that bear witness to such historical traumas as African American slavery, the First World War, the Holocaust, and apartheid. By studying trauma and its literary witnessing in a transnational and intercultural context, it will expose and problematize trauma theory’s Eurocentric and monocultural tendencies, which are at odds with the field’s self-declared ethical foundations. Literary texts to be discussed: Toni Morrison’s Beloved, Caryl Phillips’s The Nature of Blood, J. M. Coetzee’s Disgrace, Antjie Krog’s Country of My Skull, Jane Taylor’s Ubu and the Truth Commission, and Pat Barker’s The Ghost Road.

  • 20062003

    English Literature: Capita Selecta | Trauma Representation in Contemporary Literature and Film (BA3)

    This course aims to introduce students to the concept of trauma as a tool for cultural analysis. By critically examining a number of contemporary English-language novels and films that deal with major historical traumas – ranging from US slavery, the First World War, and the Armenian genocide through to the Holocaust, the Cold War nuclear threat, and the September 11 terrorist attacks – students will gain a better understanding of how art bears witness to extreme events that defy the limits of representation and transmission. Specific issues that will be addressed include the double bind in which these works are caught as instances of trauma representation (that is, the simultaneity of necessity and impossibility in the act of bearing witness to unspeakable suffering), the adjustment of our skills as readers and as viewers that testimonial art demands, and the formation of an affective community encompassing both witnesses and listeners towards which it is directed. Novels and films to be discussed: Martin Amis’s Time’s Arrow, Pat Barker’s Regeneration, Toni Morrison’s Beloved, Graham Swift’s Waterland, Atom Egoyan’s Ararat, Jules and Gédéon Naudet’s 9/11, and Christopher Nolan’s Memento.

  • 20062003

    English Literature II: Historical Survey: Seminars (BA2)

    This course will introduce students to a number of major literary texts in English from the Romantic to the contemporary period and enhance their reading skills. Writers whose work will be discussed include William Wordsworth, Matthew Arnold, Anthony Hecht, Joseph Conrad, Rudyard Kipling, James Joyce, Samuel Beckett, Kazuo Ishiguro, and J. M. Coetzee.

  • 20062003

    English Literature I: An Introduction to English Drama, Poetry, and Prose (BA1)

    This course aims to give students insight into the specific characteristics of the three main genres of literary texts in the English language and to familiarize them with the basic terminology for textual analysis.

  • 19991998

    Oral Proficiency in Dutch (BA2)

    This course, which I taught as a language assistant in the Department of Dutch Studies at the University of Hull, aimed to develop students’ oral communication skills in Dutch.