Nicolas Vandeviver is the recipient of both a Fulbright Research Scholarship and a Postdoctoral Fellowship of the Belgian American Educational Foundation at Columbia University. He is visiting the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society for a year to work on the Edward W. Said Papers stored at the university’s Rare Book and Manuscript Library. His research project focuses on the well documented period of 1978 to 1993 in the archive and examines the classroom practice and political genealogy of Edward Said’s 'Culture and Imperialism' (1993). Having visited the Edward W. Said Papers twice as a PhD student, his working hypothesis is that Said’s writings on culture and imperialism to a large extent originated in the classroom and are rooted in his political activism and correspondence. By studying Said’s notebooks, drafts, lecture preparations, teaching materials, and political correspondence, he aims to map the evolution of Said’s thought and reconstruct the way in which the main ideas of 'Culture and Imperialism' took shape and were constantly modified.

He received a B.A. in Classical Studies, an M.A. in Comparative Modern Literature, and a PhD in Literary Studies from Ghent University, Belgium. He wrote his PhD thesis on the works of Said, whose conceptualization of 'literature' and 'agency' he analyzed in light of their relationship to the theoretical intertexts informing Said's critical practice (the New Criticism, existential phenomenology, philology, Michel Foucault's poststructuralism, and historical materialism). His PhD thesis, which he is currently reworking into a book, examined the way in which Said in the period 1966-1978 made literary criticism authoritative and gave it an interventionary force in the domain of socio-politics. He has also published on Stephen Greenblatt’s new historicism. His main research interests are literary theory, theoretical genealogies, and phenomenology and its legacies.


  • Nicolas Vandeviver (accepted for publication). "Resisting Orientalism: Foucault and Gramsci in Counterpoint". In: Francesca Antonini et al. eds. Past and Present: New Insights into Gramsci's Philosophical, Historical, and Political Thought. Leiden: Brill.

  • Nicolas Vandeviver & Jürgen Pieters (2015). "Fashioning Freedom for Shakespeare: Stephen Greenblatt and the Existentialist Power of Literature". English Studies 96(8): 944-967.

  • Nicolas Vandeviver (2012). "Shakespeare's Freedom: Greenblatt over het genie Shakespeare". Documenta 30(3-4): 204-2015.