Lisa Vanlancker is a PhD student in Dutch Literature at Ghent University. After obtaining her bachelor’s degree in Linguistics and Literature (Dutch-English; 2013) and her master’s degree in Comparative Modern Literature (2014) at Ghent University, she worked as a part-time member of the scientific staff in the Dutch Literature section of the Department of Literary Studies. Having written both her bachelor’s and master’s theses on representational strategies in American Holocaust literature, respectively on metafiction in Art Spiegelman’s Maus and on generic ambiguity in Elie Wiesel’s Night trilogy, she now focuses on the Dutch context in her doctoral research project “Across Generations and Genres: The Legacy of the Holocaust in Dutch-Jewish Literature”. As the title suggests, this research project seeks to read the cultural “work” of trauma as a process of transmission that develops over time – over generations, more concretely – and that involves the formal mutation of “original” experiences: it is grounded in the idea that the transmission of trauma is not only marked by a transgenerational dynamic (trauma is passed on from one generation to another), but that the literary output that is generated is no less decisively transgeneric. At the core of this project is a unique and differentiated body of Holocaust texts composed by three families of Dutch-Jewish authors (Herzberg, Durlacher, and Meijer), ranging from first- to third-generation writing and covering a wide array of genres. Taking this body of texts as its foundation, the research aims to examine not only how the notion of Holocaust trauma and its transmission is represented in the literary works of three generations of Dutch-Jewish writers, but also how this translates into the formal and generic construction of the texts in question.
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