Birgit Van Puymbroeck is postdoctoral research fellow of the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO Vlaanderen). She works in English Literature at Ghent University, Belgium, where she obtained her Ph.D. in 2012. In 2013-2014 she held a visiting fellowship at the Department of English, Yale University. In spring 2017 she was a visiting researcher at the School of English, Queen Mary University of London.
Birgit has published on various aspects of modernism, fin-de-siècle literature, and Anglo-French culture. She has contributed to international peer-reviewed journals including PMLA; Modern Language Review; English Literature in Transition, 1880-1920; Texas Studies in Literature and Language; Victorian Periodicals Review; Neophilologus; Brontë Studies; Journal of European Periodical Studies; and Tijdschrift voor tijdschriftstudies, as well as to books published by Bloomsbury and Palgrave Macmillan. She is co-editor of Afterlives of the Brontës, a special issue of Brontë Studies (co-edited with Marysa Demoor and Olivia Malfait), and editor-in-chief of DiGeSt, Journal of Diversity and Gender Studies. She is currently working on a book titled Modernist Literature and European Identity.
Birgit’s research focuses on transnational networks of authors and texts, periodicals and print culture. Her current project studies the relations between radio and the periodical press with regard to literature at the beginning of the twentieth century: how did radio continue a 19th-century cultural project associated with the periodical press? How did early 20th-century authors make use of both media? What does an intermedial approach teach us with regard to the development of early 20th-century literature and literary critique?
Birgit Van Puymbroeck teaches 'Engelse Letterkunde III: Nieuwere Periode' at Ghent University. This course deals with World War I literature. It looks at the Great War from a variety of perspectives and traces its impact on literature and culture: what was the war like for soldiers and civilians, nurses and sepoys? How did the war poets describe life in the trenches? How was shell shock represented in modernist literature?
Birgit previously taught 'Historische Engelse Letterkunde II' (Master). She co-taught 'An Introduction to American Studies' as part of the Postgraduate Program in American Studies (with Ken Kennard and Gert Buelens). She also led seminars on English poetry and drama (Bachelor). In 2013-2014 she co-coordinated the research seminar in English literature (with Stef Craps and Maaheen Ahmed).
Birgit has supervised a number of bachelor papers and master papers in English and Comparative Literature, including work on modernism, media and print culture (anthologies, periodicals, radio, propaganda), women writing (Virginia Woolf, H.D, May Sinclair), cross-national relations (Anglo-French, Anglo-German and Anglo-Spanish), and First World War literature (Vera Brittain, Richard Aldington, Mulk Raj Anand, Rebecca West, Mary Borden, Rose Macaulay, Ford Madox Ford). She welcomes suggestions by students wanting to work within her area of expertise.
Birgit Van Puymbroeck is OAP representative in the Department of Literary Studies at Ghent University (2015-present). She is a member of the Young Academy of Flanders (2018-2023).