Elisabeth Bekers

Professor of British and Postcolonial Literature

Professors Centre for Literary and Intermedial Crossings (CLIC) Centre of Expertise Gender, Diversity and Intersectionality (RHEA) Culture & Leisure
  • Current position Professor of British and Postcolonial Literature
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    Department of Linguistics and Literary Studies (LIST)
    Faculty of Arts and Philosophy
    Pleinlaan 2
    Building B - Room 5.419
    BE-1050 Brussels
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Elisabeth Bekers is Lecturer of British and Postcolonial Literature at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (since 2006). She was a Fulbright Lecturer at Hollins University (1995-1996) and taught literature in English at the University of Antwerp (1996-2008), the Erasmushogeschool Brussel (2008-2012) and the University of Ghent (2013-1014). Her research focuses on literature from the African continent and its diaspora. Currently she is working on a research project on Black British Women’s Writing and Criticism – with a special interest in neo-slave narratives – partially funded by the Flemish research council (FWO 2011-13). She is co-director of the Platform for Postcolonial Readings (for doctoral students) and of the international research project Imaginary Europes. At the VUB she collaborates with Inge Arteel and Eva Schandevyl on a project exploring the intersection of creativity and captivity and with Daniel Acke she is co-editing a volume on Brussels in literature (forthcoming 2016).

Elisabeth Bekers is also affiliated with the Centre for Literary and Intermedial Crossings (CLIC).

Personal website: http://homepages.vub.ac.be/~ebekers/.

Key publications

Bekers, Elisabeth (in press) The Mirage of Europe in Phillips’s A Distant Shore and Unigwe’s On Black Sisters’ Street, in: Daria Tunca and Janet Wilson (eds.) Under Construction: Postcolonial Gateways and Walls, Leiden and Boston: Brill.

Bekers, Elisabeth, Maggie Ann Bowers, and Sissy Helff (2015) Imaginary Europes, Phantoms of the Past, Conceptions of the Future?, in: Elisabeth Bekers, Maggie Ann Bowers and Sissy Helff (eds.) Imaginary Europes, special issue of Journal of Postcolonial Writing 51(2): 127-131.

Bekers, Elisabeth (2014) Walker’s Traumatized Woman Warrior in Possessing the Secret of Joy, in: Tobe Levin (ed.) Two Decades Later: Approaches to Teaching Alice Walker’s Possessing the Secret of Joy (1992) DeUnCUT/VOICES Press: 99-113.

Bekers, Elisabeth (2013) The Critical Powers of Salimata’s Disenchantment: A Gendered Re-reading of Ahmadou Kourouma’s Lessoleils des indépendancesResearch in African Literatures 44(2): 91-104.

Bekers, Elisabeth (2010) Rising Anthills: African and African American Writing on Female Genital Excision, 1960-2000. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press.