Stef CRAPS (Prof.)

Lic. (Leuven, 1998), M.A. (Hull, 2000), Ph.D. (Leuven, 2003)
BOF-ZAP Research Professor
Research interests
  • Contemporary literature in English (especially British, (South) African, Caribbean, Indian, and ethnic American fiction)
  • Trauma, memory, and Holocaust studies
  • Postcolonial and transcultural studies
  • Ecocriticism
Selected publications
  • Craps, Stef. Trauma. New Critical Idiom. Under contract with Routledge.
  • Craps, Stef. “Holocaust Literature: Comparative Perspectives.” The Bloomsbury Companion to Holocaust Literature. Ed. Jenni Adams. London: Bloomsbury, 2014. 199-218.
  • 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. Abingdon: Routledge, 2014. 45-61.
  • 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).
  • 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. "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. "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. Trauma and Ethics in the Novels of Graham Swift: No Short-Cuts to Salvation. Brighton/Portland: Sussex Academic Press, 2005.
Supervision of doctoral and postdoctoral research
  • Playing with Trauma in Video Games: Interreactivity, Empathy, Perpetration (Tobi 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)
  • Expanding the Notion of Trauma Narration in Applied Theatre: A Post-Narrative and Postdramatic Inquiry into Trauma Reconstruction in Performance in Post-Transition South Africa (Sofie de Smet, NRF-FWO, 2014-2017; co-supervisor with Prof. Dr. Christel Stalpaert and Prof. Dr. Lucia De Haene)
  • Conjuring Phantoms: A Comparative Study of Trauma in Comics (Dr. Maaheen Ahmed, FWO, 2014-2017; with Prof. Dr. Jan Baetens)
  • Postcolonial Mnemonopoetics: Reading Transcultural Memory in the Poetry of Derek Walcott, Seamus Heaney, Bernardine Evaristo, Sherman Alexie, and Ingrid de Kok (Maria Zirra, joint PhD Stockholm University – UGent, 2014-2017; co-supervisor with Prof. Dr. Stefan Helgesson and Prof. Dr. Bo Ekelund)
  • Historicizing Post-9/11 American Literature and Criticism through Biopolitics and a Genealogy of Statelessness (Holly Brown, BOF, 2015-2018)
Editorial work