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Vermeulen, Pieter
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Vermeulen, P. (2014). The Biopolitics of Trauma. In: Gert Buelens, Samuel Durrant, Robert Eaglestone (Ed.), The Future of Trauma Theory: Contemporary Literary Criticism. Abingdon: Routledge
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The Biopolitics of Trauma
2014 (English)In: The Future of Trauma Theory: Contemporary Literary Criticism / [ed] Gert Buelens, Samuel Durrant, Robert Eaglestone, Abingdon: Routledge, 2014Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Abingdon: Routledge, 2014
National Category
Languages and Literature
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-83364 (URN)9780415694599 (ISBN)
Available from: 2012-12-10 Created: 2012-12-10 Last updated: 2022-02-24Bibliographically approved
Vermeulen, P. (2013). Abandoned Creatures: Creaturely Life and the Novel Form in J. M. Coetzee’s Slow Man. Studies in the novel, 45(4), 655-674
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Abandoned Creatures: Creaturely Life and the Novel Form in J. M. Coetzee’s Slow Man
2013 (English)In: Studies in the novel, ISSN 0039-3827, E-ISSN 1934-1512, Vol. 45, no 4, p. 655-674Article in journal (Refereed) Published
National Category
Languages and Literature
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-83360 (URN)10.1353/sdn.2014.0002 (DOI)000330152600005 ()
Available from: 2012-12-10 Created: 2012-12-10 Last updated: 2022-02-24Bibliographically approved
Vermeulen, P. (2013). Flights of Memory: Teju Cole’s Open City and the Limits of Aesthetic Cosmopolitanism. Journal of Modern Literature, 37(1), 40-57
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Flights of Memory: Teju Cole’s Open City and the Limits of Aesthetic Cosmopolitanism
2013 (English)In: Journal of Modern Literature, ISSN 0022-281X, E-ISSN 1529-1464, Vol. 37, no 1, p. 40-57Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

While Teju Cole's 2011 novel Open City has been received as an exemplary cosmopolitan performance, a careful reading of the novel's engagement with memories of suffering and of its evocations of aesthetic experiences shows that it interrogates rather than affirms an aesthetic cosmopolitan program. Through its use of a flat, nearly affectless tone, it renders visible the inability of contemporary calls for aesthetic and memorial cosmopolitan practices to engage a global landscape riven by injustice and inequality. As the novel progresses, its apparent celebration of the exemplary cosmopolitan figure of the flâneur makes way for the decidedly less glamorous figure of the fugueur. By mobilizing this marginal figure from the history of psychiatry, a condition marked by unwanted restlessness and ambulatory automatism, Open City exposes the limited critical purchase of the imaginative mobility and intercultural curiosity celebrated by cosmopolitan defenses of literature and art.

National Category
Languages and Literature
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-83359 (URN)10.2979/jmodelite.37.1.40 (DOI)
Available from: 2012-12-10 Created: 2012-12-10 Last updated: 2022-02-24Bibliographically approved
Bollen, K., Craps, S. & Vermeulen, P. (2013). McSweeney's and the Challenges of the Marketplace for Independent Publishing. CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture, 15(4), Article ID 3.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>McSweeney's and the Challenges of the Marketplace for Independent Publishing
2013 (English)In: CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture, E-ISSN 1481-4374, Vol. 15, no 4, article id 3Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In their article McSweeney's and the Challenges of the Marketplace for Independent Publishing Katrien Bollen, Stef Craps, and Pieter Vermeulen argue that the artistic projects of the US-American author, activist, and editor Dave Eggers are marked by a tension between the desire for independence and the demands of brand-building. The article offers a close analysis of the materiality and paratexts of one particular issue of McSweeney's, the literary magazine of which Eggers is the founding editor. Both the content and the apologetically aggressive tone of Eggers's editorial statements betray a deep unease with the inability to inhabit a cultural and economic position that is untainted by the compromises that publishing requires. Still, this disavowed complicity with the market in fact sustains Eggers's editorial practice in McSweeney's, which, in marked contrast to his explicit statements, thrives on a dynamic of commodification.

National Category
General Literature Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-101020 (URN)10.7771/1481-4374.2092 (DOI)000330192200009 ()
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AuthorCount:3;

Available from: 2014-02-27 Created: 2014-02-21 Last updated: 2024-02-01Bibliographically approved
Vermeulen, P. (2013). Teaching the Critique of Romanticism and Empire in Coetzee’s Disgrace. In: Laura Wright, Jane Poyner, Elleke Boehmer (Ed.), Approaches to Teaching Coetzee’s Disgrace and Other Works: (pp. 80-86). New York: Modern Language Association of America
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Teaching the Critique of Romanticism and Empire in Coetzee’s Disgrace
2013 (English)In: Approaches to Teaching Coetzee’s Disgrace and Other Works / [ed] Laura Wright, Jane Poyner, Elleke Boehmer, New York: Modern Language Association of America, 2013, p. 80-86Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
New York: Modern Language Association of America, 2013
Series
Approaches to Teaching World Literature
National Category
Languages and Literature
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-83363 (URN)9781603291385 (ISBN)9781603291392 (ISBN)
Available from: 2012-12-10 Created: 2012-12-10 Last updated: 2022-02-24Bibliographically approved
De Graef, O. & Vermeulen, P. (2013). Virgilian Incarnation: Hartman and the Issue of Auerbach’s Jewishness. Jewish Quarterly Review, 103(2), 141-148
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Virgilian Incarnation: Hartman and the Issue of Auerbach’s Jewishness
2013 (English)In: Jewish Quarterly Review, ISSN 0021-6682, E-ISSN 1553-0604, Vol. 103, no 2, p. 141-148Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In his memoir A Scholar’s Tale, Geoffrey Hartman recognizes the decisive influence of Erich Auerbach, one of his teachers at Yale, on his own early work. Auerbach came to Yale after having spent the Second World War in Istanbul, where he wrote his magisterial Mimesis. That book not only bears the stamp of the war that was then ravaging Europe, the continent whose literary heritage he aimed to preserve in Mimesis, but also of a second trauma: the demise, somewhere (according to Auerbach) in between Dante and Montaigne, of a divinely sanctioned reality, which condemned the West to the historical world. For Auerbach, what saved this historical reality was the unfulfilled figure of the Incarnation still haunting it against all odds... The influence of Auerbach’s sense of lateness, and of the autumnal literary ethos it sustains, can be traced in Hartman’s lifelong engagement with William Wordsworth, whose exemplary remediation of the loss of rural life, Hartman recognizes, today threatens to fade away in our increasingly networked memory-and mediascapes. It is significant that in the last three decades, Hartman has supplemented his Romanticism and his work on the memory of the Holocaust with an increasingly explicit elaboration of the Jewish imagination. Does this point to the perceived insufficiency of Auerbach’s autumnal stance? Or does the tension between the literary, the disaster, and the religious point to an ethos beyond Incarnation?

National Category
Languages and Literature
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-83358 (URN)10.1353/jqr.2013.0018 (DOI)
Available from: 2012-12-10 Created: 2012-12-10 Last updated: 2022-02-24Bibliographically approved
Vermeulen, P. & de Graef, O. (2012). Bildung and the State in the Long Nineteenth Century. Partial Answers, 10(2), 241-250
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Bildung and the State in the Long Nineteenth Century
2012 (English)In: Partial Answers, ISSN 1565-3668, E-ISSN 1936-9247, Vol. 10, no 2, p. 241-250Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The relations between literature and the political community have figured prominently on the research agenda in the humanities in the last few decades. The tension between political power and its different rhetorical and literary figurations can be productively explored by focusing on the juncture of two prominent nineteenth-century discourses: those relying on notions of Bildung (a term capturing processes of self-development and organic growth) and the state (which often denotes those aspects of power that cannot be couched in a naturalizing rhetoric of the nation or, indeed, Bildung). This forum traces the mobilization of figures of Bildung for the legitimation of political power in the paradigmatic genre of the Bildungsroman as well as in novelistic, biological, utopian, architectural, educational, and journalistic discourses.

National Category
General Literature Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-79912 (URN)10.1353/pan.2012.0026 (DOI)000306028300004 ()
Available from: 2012-09-12 Created: 2012-09-11 Last updated: 2022-02-24Bibliographically approved
Vermeulen, P. (2012). David Mitchell’s Ghostwritten and “The Novel of Globalization”: Biopower and the Secret History of the Novel. Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction, 53(4), 381-392
Open this publication in new window or tab >>David Mitchell’s Ghostwritten and “The Novel of Globalization”: Biopower and the Secret History of the Novel
2012 (English)In: Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction, ISSN 0011-1619, E-ISSN 1939-9138, Vol. 53, no 4, p. 381-392Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

David Mitchell's debut novel Ghostwritten (1999) not only depicts a globalized world; its peculiar formal organization also embodies the mode of relatedness that characterizes globalization. This article shows that the invisible, decentralized power that defines globalization can be understood as what Michel Foucault called biopower. As a novel of globalization, Mitchell's novel lays bare the hidden historical and theoretical affinities between the novel genre on the one hand and biopower on the other.

National Category
General Literature Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-83356 (URN)10.1080/00111619.2010.511318 (DOI)000319170600006 ()
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AuthorCount: 1;

Available from: 2012-12-10 Created: 2012-12-10 Last updated: 2022-02-24Bibliographically approved
Vermeulen, P., Craps, S., Crownshaw, R., de Graef, O., Huyssen, A., Liska, V. & Miller, D. (2012). Dispersal and redemption: The future dynamics of memory studies - A roundtable. Memory Studies, 5(2), 223-239
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Dispersal and redemption: The future dynamics of memory studies - A roundtable
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2012 (English)In: Memory Studies, ISSN 1750-6980, E-ISSN 1750-6999, Vol. 5, no 2, p. 223-239Article in journal (Refereed) Published
National Category
History Cultural Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-80738 (URN)10.1177/1750698011428302 (DOI)000303318700008 ()
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AuthorCount:7;

Available from: 2012-10-04 Created: 2012-09-27 Last updated: 2022-02-24Bibliographically approved
Vermeulen, P. (2012). The Critique of Trauma and the End of the Novel in Tom McCarthy’s Remainder. Modern fiction studies, 58(3), 549-68
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The Critique of Trauma and the End of the Novel in Tom McCarthy’s Remainder
2012 (English)In: Modern fiction studies, ISSN 0026-7724, E-ISSN 1080-658X, Vol. 58, no 3, p. 549-68Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In the last few years, Tom Mcarthy has launched a sustained campaign against the pieties of the traditional British novel. His debut novel Remainder sets out to debunk the conventions of trauma fiction, that, despite its emphasis on fragmentation, repetition, and temporal dislocation, often continues to rely on the conventions of psychological realism. In Remainder, trauma emerges not as a psychological event, but rather as an intractable, dysphoric, subjectless affect. Showing how trauma operates across the domains of the social, the somatic, and the psychological, the novel inaugurates a different account of the linkage of literature and trauma.

National Category
Languages and Literature
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-83357 (URN)10.1353/mfs.2012.0056 (DOI)000309029700007 ()
Available from: 2012-12-10 Created: 2012-12-10 Last updated: 2022-02-24Bibliographically approved
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