Doctoral Schools Specialist Course - International Seminar: Histories and Theories of Reading

The seminar covers a period from October 2015 to June 2016. The seminar focuses on the work of six eminent international literary scholars who play a leading role in the thriving research fields of the historical reception of literary texts and their transnational circulation. At the heart of these fields are questions about the historical varieties of reading practices and textual forms: the disciplines in question are located at the intersection of material and textual histories of the book, literary theory and cultural history.

​The seminar is open to all PhD students. If you would like to attend the sessions, please send an e-mail to Katrien De Clercq ( mentioning the course title, your name, first name, student number, Doctoral School and Department.

More information on the entire specialist course and programma

On 10 November we will be welcoming Prof. Roland Greene.
Roland Greene is an expert on the early modern literatures of England, Latin Europe and the Trans-Atlantic world. His research pays particular attention to the history of poetry and poetics from the Renaissance to the present day. This year he serves as the president of the Modern Language Association.

His most recent book is Five Words: Critical Semantics in the Age of Shakespeare and Cervantes (Chicago, 2013). Five Words proposes an understanding of early modern culture through the changes embodied in five words or concepts over the sixteenth century: in English, blood, invention, language, resistance, and world, and their counterparts in French, Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese. In the seminar he will be discussing this book next to the history and theory of the poetry of the Americas.


  • Tuesday, 3 November, 2015, 9:30 am – Faculty of Arts & Philosophy Library ‘Zaal Mortier’: preparatory session.
  • Tuesday, 10 November, 2015, 9:30 am – Faculty of Arts & Philosophy Library ‘Zaal Mortier’: session with Roland Greene.