Stef CRAPS (Prof.)

Lic. (Leuven, 1998), M.A. (Hull, 2000), Ph.D. (Leuven, 2003)
BOF-ZAP Research Professor
  • Office: 130.026, Blandijnberg 2 
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Research interests
  • Contemporary literature in English (especially British, (South) African, Caribbean, Indian, and ethnic American fiction)
  • Cultural memory studies, trauma theory, Holocaust and genocide studies
  • Postcolonial and transcultural studies
Selected publications
  • Craps, Stef. Trauma. New Critical Idiom. Under contract with Routledge.
  • Smethurst, Toby, and Stef Craps. “Phantasms of War and Empire in Pat Barker’s The Ghost Road.” ARIEL: A Review of International English Literature. 9,700 words. [forthcoming]
  • Craps, Stef. “Holocaust Literature: Comparative Perspectives.” The Bloomsbury Companion to Holocaust Literature. Ed. Jenni Adams. London: Bloomsbury, 2014. 8,750 words. [forthcoming]
  • Craps, Stef. “Holocaust Memory and the Critique of Violence in Caryl Churchill’s Seven Jewish Children: A Play for Gaza.” The Future of Testimony: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Witnessing. Ed. Antony Rowland and Jane Kilby. London: Routledge, 2014. 6,600 words. [forthcoming]
  • Bollen, Katrien, Stef Craps, and Pieter Vermeulen. "Thinking inside/outside the Box: Timothy McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern and the Challenges of the Marketplace for Independent Publishing." CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture 15.4 (2013). 7,000 words. [forthcoming]
  • Craps, Stef. "Beyond Eurocentrism: Trauma Theory in the Global Age." The Future of Trauma Theory: Contemporary Literary Criticism. Ed. Gert Buelens, Sam Durrant, and Robert Eaglestone. London: Routledge, 2013. 9,100 words. [forthcoming]
  • Craps, Stef. Postcolonial Witnessing: Trauma Out of Bounds. Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.
  • Vermeulen, Pieter, Stef Craps, Richard Crownshaw, Ortwin de Graef, Andreas Huyssen, Vivian Liska, and David Miller. "“Dispersal and Redemption: The Future Dynamics of Memory Studies - A Roundtable."” Memory Studies 5.2 (2012): 223-39.
  • Craps, Stef, and Michael Rothberg, eds. Transcultural Negotiations of Holocaust Memory. Spec. issue of Criticism: A Quarterly for Literature and the Arts 53.4 (2011). With essays by Stef Craps and Gert Buelens, Sarah De Mul, Andreas Huyssen, Michael Rothberg, and Pieter Vermeulen; and reviews by Brett Ashley Kaplan, A. Dirk Moses, and Max Silverman.
  • Craps, Stef, and Gert Buelens. "Traumatic Mirrorings: Holocaust and Colonial Trauma in Michael Chabon'sThe Final Solution." Criticism: A Quarterly for Literature and the Arts 53.4 (2011): 569-86.
  • Craps, Stef, and Michael Rothberg. "Introduction: Transcultural Negotiations of Holocaust Memory." Criticism: A Quarterly for Literature and the Arts 53.4 (2011): 517-21.
  • Craps, Stef. "Learning to Live with Ghosts: Postcolonial Haunting and Mid-Mourning in David Dabydeen's 'Turner' and Fred D'Aguiar's Feeding the Ghosts." Callaloo 33.2 (2010): 467-75.
  • Craps, Stef. "'Only Not beyond Love': Testimony, Subalternity, and the Famine in the Poetry of Eavan Boland." Neophilologus: An International Journal of Modern and Mediaeval Language and Literature 94.1 (2010): 265-76.
  • Craps, Stef. "Wor(l)ds of Grief: Traumatic Memory and Literary Witnessing in Cross-Cultural Perspective." Textual Practice 24.1 (2010): 51-68.
  • Craps, Stef. "An Interview with Graham Swift." Contemporary Literature 50.4 (Winter 2009): 637-61.
  • Craps, Stef, and Gert Buelens, eds. Postcolonial Trauma Novels. Spec. double issue of Studies in the Novel 40.1-2 (Spring-Summer 2008).
  • Craps, Stef, and Gert Buelens. "Introduction: Postcolonial Trauma Novels." Studies in the Novel 40.1-2 (Spring-Summer 2008): 1-12.
  • Craps, Stef. "Linking Legacies of Loss: Traumatic Histories and Cross-Cultural Empathy in Caryl Phillips's Higher Ground and The Nature of Blood." Studies in the Novel 40.1-2 (Spring-Summer 2008): 191-202.
  • Craps, Stef. "Virginia Woolf, 'Kew Gardens' and 'The Legacy.'" A Companion to the British and Irish Short Story. Ed. Cheryl Alexander Malcolm and David Malcolm. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell, 2008. 193-201.
  • Craps, Stef. "Conjuring Trauma: The Naudet Brothers' 9/11 Documentary." Canadian Review of American Studies 37.2 (2007): 183-204.
  • Craps, Stef. "J.M. Coetzee's Waiting for the Barbarians and the Ethics of Testimony." English Studies: A Journal of English Language and Literature 88.1 (Feb. 2007): 59-66.
  • Craps, Stef. "How to Do Things with Gender: Transgenderism in Virginia Woolf's Orlando." Image into Identity: Constructing and Assigning Identity in a Culture of Modernity. Ed. Michael Wintle. Amsterdam/New York: Rodopi, 2006. 175-90.
  • Craps, Stef. "'Who Lets a Big Question Upset His Small, Safe World?' British Postmodern Realism and the Question of Ethics." Zeitschrift für Anglistik und Amerikanistik: A Quarterly of Language, Literature and Culture 54.3 (2006): 287-98.
  • Craps, Stef. Trauma and Ethics in the Novels of Graham Swift: No Short-Cuts to Salvation. Brighton/Portland: Sussex Academic Press, 2005. Shortlisted for the 2006 ESSE Book Award.
Supervision of doctoral and postdoctoral research
  • Playing with Trauma: Affect, Perpetration, and Therapy in Video Games (Toby Smethurst, BOF, 2011-2015)
  • Intersecting Memories: The Representation of the Holocaust and State Violence in (Post-)Yugoslav Literature (dr. Stijn Vervaet, FWO, 2011-2014)
  • Trauma beyond the Biomedical Paradigm: Towards a Subject-Oriented and Contextual Approach (Gregory Bistoen, BOF, 2011-2015; co-supervisor with prof. dr. Stijn Vanheule)
  • Intersections of Cultural Memory and Human Rights: The Case of Dave Eggers (Sean Bex and dr. Katrien Bollen, FWO, 2012-2016; with prof. dr. Pieter Vermeulen)
  • Conjuguer la Shoah au présent. Représentation et incarnation de la mémoire du génocide juif dans la littérature contemporaine (dr. Evelyne Ledoux-Beaugrand, SSHRC, 2012-2014)
Editorial work