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 PhD in 2012. In 2013-2014, she held a visiting fellowship funded by the Belgian American Educational Foundation 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 nineteenth-century and twentieth-century Anglophone and Francophone literature and culture, with an emphasis on modernism. She has contributed to international peer-reviewed journals including PMLA; Texas Studies in Literature and Language; Modern Language Review; English Literature in Transition, 1880-1920; 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 former editor-in-chief of DiGest: Journal of Diversity and Gender Studies. Her monograph Modernist Literature and European Identity is forthcoming with Routledge.
Birgit’s expertise includes modernism, network theory, periodical studies, and sound studies. Her most recent project considers the relation between literature and radio in the early- and mid-twentieth century. It asks how twentieth-century literary authors made use of the new medium of radio to expand their audience, experiment with new techniques, and express their cultural identities. How did radio relate to a particular bardic tradition? How did it give rise to new communities? By considering the radio works of W.B. Yeats, Hugh MacDiarmid, and Dylan Thomas in dialogue with each other and the broader modernist field, Birgit aims to give new insight into the relation between literature and media and to revise traditional accounts of literary history as predominantly rooted in print.
Birgit is a member of the interdisciplinary 'Writing 1900' network. She is a member of the editorial board of DiGeSt: Journal of Diversity and Gender Studies, and a member of the Young Academy of Flanders.
Birgit Van Puymbroeck currently teaches 'Moderne Engelstalige Letterkunde IV' at Ghent University (together with Marianne Van Remoortel). This MA course focuses on poetry published in Victorian and Modernist magazines. It looks at literature beyond the medium of the book and asks how periodical contexts "matter" not only for nineteenth- and early twentieth-century authors, editors, and readers but also for us as twenty-first-century students of Victorian and modernist literature and culture.
Previously taught courses at graduate level include 'Historische Engelse Letterkunde II: Literature and War' (MA) and 'Introduction to American Studies', co-taught with Ken Kennard and Gert Buelens (Postgraduate Program in American Studies). At undergraduate level, Birgit has taught 'Engelse letterkunde III: Nieuwere Periode - Literature of the First World War' (BA3), 'Seminarie in Engelse letterkunde', co-taught with Maaheen Ahmed and Stef Craps (BA3), and 'Engelse Letterkunde I: Poetry and Drama' (BA1).
Birgit welcomes suggestions of students wanting to work within her broad area of expertise. She currently co-supervises two PhD students and has (co-)supervised one PhD dissertation and numerous bachelor and master papers on various aspects of nineteenth and twentieth-century literature (e.g. modernism/postmodernism, print culture, literature and radio, transnational relations, women's writing, and literature of the First World War).
Birgit Van Puymbroeck is a member of the Young Academy of Flanders (2018-2023). She is a member of the editorial board of DiGest: Journal of Diversity and Gender Studies.