Zoë Ghyselinck

Zoë is a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Literary Studies at Ghent University (Belgium), and visiting professor at the Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium). She has been made a Senior Humboldt Fellow in the Department of German Literature at the University of Regensburg (Germany) for the 2022/23 academic year. Zoë is a classicist and comparative literature scholar working at the intersection of classical receptions, religion, and media in modern and contemporary Western literatures. In her first monograph, Form und Formauflösung der Tragödie. Die Poetik des Tragischen und der Tragödie als religiöses Erneuerungsmüster in den Schriften Paul Ernsts (1866-1933) (De Gruyter, 2015), she has demonstrated how the literary and poetical works of the German conservative author Ernst attested to a conception of life that gradually evolved from a tragic and life-affirming style (‘Form’) towards a spiritual, ascetic, and self-destructive (anti-Nietzschean) model. Her second monograph is Communicating with the Dead in Contemporary Western Literature: Spiritual Mediums and Technical Media (Routledge, 2023).

In Ghent, Zoë co-founded both the Consortium for Health, Arts, Reading and Medicine (CHARM) and the research group Twentieth-Century Crossroads (TCC). She was elected as a new member of the Young Academy, Belgium in 2022.