Guylian Nemegeer is a PhD candidate in Literary Studies at Ghent University. Before enrolling in the PhD program, he studied French and Italian Linguistics and Literature and graduated (with a BA) with a dissertation on Gabriele d’Annunzio’s war rhetoric. He then went on to achieve his Masters in Comparative Modern Literature writing a dissertation on short story collection theory. His research interests lie primarily in modern Italian narrative, literary theory and the history of ideas, with a particular focus on the interaction between tradition and modernity. His current project focuses on the reception and interpretation of the Italian Renaissance in the prose works of Gabriele d’Annunzio (1863-1938) and, specifically, d’Annunzio’s revitalization of the concept of the Universal Man in Italian and European culture.