Research Unit

Centre for the Study of Experimental Literature

19 April 2019 → Ongoing
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Research disciplines
  • Humanities
    • Comparative literature studies
    • Contemporary literature
    • Literatures in Dutch
    • Modern literature
    • Narratology
    • Poetics
    • Rhetoric
    • Stylistics and textual analysis
Literary studies Dutch English German Italian Spanish 19th Century 20th Century Contemporary Belgium Central Europe Eastern Europe Northern Europe Southern Europe Western Europe Comparative Language and text analysis
The UGent-VUB Centre for the Study of Experimental Literature (SEL) brings together researchers who focus on innovative literature from the end of the nineteenth century until the present. SEL wants to stimulate research into unconventional literature which seeks formal innovation. Central points of interest are Dutch and Flemish texts from symbolism, the historical avant-garde, the neo-avant-garde (vijftigers, nouveau roman, Ander Proza), and postmodernism. Also, SEL looks into the literary genres in which the experiment likes to manifest itself, such as prose poetry, cycles of novels and 'paraprose'. In workshops, conferences, projects, and publications, the text as well as the context of the experiment will be investigated. In the SEL series (Academia Press), the study centre publishes books on these topics.