Prof. Dr. Geert Buelens
is professor of Modern Dutch Literature at Utrecht University, guest professor of Dutch Literature at Stellenbosch University (RSA) and Kluge Fellow at the Library of Congress (2008). His research deals primarily with the intersections between literature and society. He has published widely on the Flemish avant-garde writer Paul van Ostaijen and on 20th Century avant-garde poetry, nationalist literature and poetry of the First World War.
He is the author of Van Ostaijen tot heden. Zijn invloed op de Vlaamse poëzie (Vantilt/KANTL, 2001, 2001², 2008³, winner of the Flemish Culture Prize for Essay and Criticism, 2003), a collection of essays on poetry and society, Oneigenlijk gebruik (Vantilt, 2008) and a monograph on European First World War poetry (Europa Europa, Ambo, 2008 - ABN-AMRO Award for Best Non-Fiction Book of 2008, also published in German as Europas Dichter und der Erste Weltkrieg, Suhrkamp, 2014).
In 2008 he published Europa Europa (Europe, Europe), an essay book about the effect of the First World War on modern poetry, in which he tries to contextualise the poetics of great European poets such as Rilke, Pessoa, Majakovski and Apollinaire.
His current research is on the cultural history of the 1960s, the writing of national and international literary histories, neutrality and the First World War and the interplay between poetry and song writing since the Romantic Era.