COLLARD Christophe

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Prof. dr. Christophe Collard
TALK,  Engels,  CLIC
Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Pleinlaan 2
B-1050 Brussel
Email: clcollar@vub.ac.be
Tel.: +32-2-6292660
Fax.: +32-2-6293684
Bureau: 5B446
URL: http://vub.academia.edu/ChristopheCollard
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Christophe Collard lectures in European literature, critical theory, and contemporary performing arts at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Free University of Brussels), where he equally serves as secretary of the Centre for Literary and Intermedial Crossings (CLIC). He holds a BA and MA in English and German Literature, and a PhD in American Drama for which he studied the media and genre crossings in the work of David Mamet. Articles of his have appeared among others in Adaptation, New Theatre Quarterly, Performance Research, Performing Arts Journal (PAJ), Literature/Film Quarterly, and Re-Thinking History. He is also the author of the monograph Artist on the Make: David Mamet’s Work Across Media and Genres (2012), which was shortlisted for the 2014 Young Scholar Book Award of the European Society for the Study of English (ESSE). Currently he is co-editing the collection Translation, Adaptation, and Dramaturgy: Collisions and Convergences with Bernadette Cochrane, Katja Krebs, and Maria Mytilinaki while writing a monograph on the work of John Jesurun (see 'current project'). 


Research Interests:

Acting theory, Adaptation Studies, American Drama, Anglo-American Literature, Anthropology, Comparative Literature, Contemporary Performance, Critical Theory, Digital Humanities, Embodied Cognition, European Literature, Genre Theory, Heuristics, Hybridity, Intermediality, Maritime Communication, Meta-theatricality, Poetics of Technology, Poetry and Theory of Poetry, Semiology, Transmedia Storytelling.


Current Project:

The Case of John Jesurun, or Analogies as Heuristic Media in Contemporary Performance

This project, part of the Interuniversity Attraction Poles 'Literature and Media Innovation'-program (IUAP-LMI), proposes to theorize the concept of 'analogy' as a 'heuristic medium' to address some of the challenges posed by a globalized cultural complex characterized by hybridization. The overall aim is to gain a precise functional understanding of (I) the epistemology of socio-cultural distinctions (theoretical component), and (II) some of their concrete implementations in contemporary culture - the latter through a pioneering study on the art of American multi-media dramaturge/director John Jesurun. As a working hypothesis (III) this project considers the performing arts as a uniquely suited framework for the integration of its chief concerns, a perspective which will be developed throughout three closely interrelated principles with a shared basis in performance studies: 'hypermediacy,' 'intermediality,' and 'digitalism.'



* History of European Literature (BA1 / Spring Semester)

Advanced Critical Theory (BA3 / Fall Semester)

* Studies of Literature in English IV (BA3 / T.B.C.)

* Metatheater (MA / Fall Semester) 


PhD Supervision:

Thomas Thoelen (FWO) Dance First, Think Afterwards. Think Again: Samuel Beckett and the Strange Loop (2015-2019)