prof. Kornee van der Haven

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Telefoon 09 264 40 72
Fax 09 264 41 74
   
Contactadres Blandijnberg 2, 9000 Gent
Bureau 1ste verdieping, bureau 110.081 (kaartje)
Spreekuren vrijdag van 09.00 tot 12.00 uur (eerste en tweede semester)
   
Feedback examens Eerste semester: maandag 13 februari 2017 van 10.00 tot 12.00, Blandijn, 1ste verd., 110.081
  Eerste semester: maandag 13 februari 2017 van 14.00 tot 16.00, Blandijn, 1ste verd., 110.081
  Tweede semester: vrijdag 7 juli 2017 van 10.00 tot 12.00, Blandijn, 1ste verd., 110.081
  Tweede semester: vrijdag 7 juli 2017 van 14.00 tot 16.00, Blandijn, 1ste verd., 110.081
  Tweede examenperiode: maandag 18 september 2017 van 10.00 tot 11.30, Blandijn, 1ste verd., 110.081
  Tweede examenperiode: maandag 18 september 2017 van 14.00 tot 16.00, Blandijn, 1ste verd., 110.081
   
Bibliografie http://lib.ugent.be/bibliografie/802001061881

Onderzoeksinteresses: Nederlandse en Duitse literatuur van de 17de en 18de eeuw, theater en stedelijke cultuur, patriottisme en vroegmoderne literatuur, het epos en het militaire discours van de Verlichting, zangcultuur en identiteitsvorming

Onderzoeksproject (FWO, postdoctoraal mandaat):

Enlightenment at War: Epic Poetry, the Citizen and Discursive Bridges to the Military (1740-1800)

In current debates about Western identity, the Enlightenment is associated with reason and civic emancipation, but not with war enthusiasm. It was however Enlightenment thinking that brought representations of civic and military behaviour into a single discursive realm. This new discursive structure made it possible to define both war critique and war propaganda on a civic basis.

By reading Dutch and German epic poetry in tandem with military texts, this project will study this structure. It aims to investigate how literature made the military an integral part of the civic public sphere. The 18th century introduction of a more human epic hero seems to personify the civic desire of getting closer to the military. Likewise, the civic approach to the military had an impact on contemporary military treatises. It was no longer the commanders’ sublime reason that was placed at the centre of war strategy, but the individual soldier and his emotions.

Literary scholars are used to explaining the changes in 18th-century epic poetry endogenously in light of contemporary poetical debates on sentimental heroism. Similarly, military historians study treatises on war strategy solely as the products of internal military debates. Enlightenment at War, with its search for discursive interrelationships, seeks to innovate both scholarly fields by offering a new combined reading of epic poetry and military treatises.