BelgoLab: Belgian Non-Realist Literature Seminar at the British Library

On 4th May the British Library is to host a half-day seminar on literary fantasy and cross-cultural experimentation in Belgian literature, with contributions from scholars from the British Library, Queen Mary University and Oxford Brookes in the UK, the University of Ghent in Belgium and the Radboud University of Nijmegen in the Netherlands.

Topics range from ghost stories to dystopian science-fiction, and from magic realism to postmodern experimentation, exploring the reasons why such forms of literary fantasy have been so important, and what their implications may be.

Contributions on Flemish literature include talks on the contemporary Flemish novel, magic-realist writing and the novels of Peter Verhelst. Read more about Verhelst in this article from The Low Countries Yearbook.

The event concludes with a Q and A session and panel discussion, followed by a reception. For further information and the programme see www.bl.uk/news/2016/may/belgolab-seminar.

The British Library houses Dutch-language printed collections ranging from the works of Erasmus through to colonial records and World War II literature. Further details of the collections appear at www.bl.uk/collection-guides/dutch-printed-collections.

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