Scholars 2008

2008 Past - Creative Rendering of the Past - Literature, Theater, Film

Craps Stef

craps stef

Ghent University, Belgium, English Department

"Wor(l)ds of Grief: Traumatic Memory and Literary Witnessing in Cross-Cultural Perspective"

Summary of Research, July 2008

Update July 2018

Dr. Craps is an associate professor of English literature at Ghent University, where he directs the Cultural Memory Studies Initiative, a research group that brings together scholars from across the humanities who work on issues of memory and trauma as mediated through culture.

He's authored both Postcolonial Witnessing: Trauma Out of Bounds (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013) and Trauma and Ethics in the Novels of Graham Swift: No Short-Cuts to Salvation (Sussex Academic Press, 2005), and edited, together with Lucy Bond and Pieter Vermeulen, of Memory Unbound: Tracing the Dynamics of Memory Studies (Berghahn, 2017). He's also guest-edited two special issues of Studies in the Novel, on climate change fiction (with Rick Crownshaw) and postcolonial trauma novels (with Gert Buelens), and one of Criticism: A Quarterly for Literature and the Arts, on transcultural Holocaust memory (with Michael Rothberg).

His next book project is an introductory guide to the concept of trauma for Routledge’s New Critical Idiom series (with Lucy Bond).

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