Caroline Baetens is a PhD student at the Department of Literary Studies at Ghent University. Before she started the PhD project Gardens of Fear and Fame, she prepared this PhD on a scholarship of the Collegio dei Fiamminghi in Bologna where she worked as a Dutch language tutor at the University. In her current project she provides an ecocritical perspective on Dutch garden and country house poems (“hofdicht”). The research focuses on the tensions between biophilia and ecophobia in these early modern poetic representations of gardens. Further research interests include ecocriticism, pastoral literature and interactions between landscape history, botany, horticulture and early modern literature.