Doctoral Scholarships

PhD Scholarship: The Reception of Foreign Literatures in British Romantic Periodicals
University of Leuven, Belgium, 2017-2021
Deadline for applications: 28 July 2017

Applications are invited for a full-time PhD scholarship at the Department of Literary Studies at the University of Leuven, Belgium. The successful applicant will participate in the project on ‘The Reception of Foreign Literatures in British Romantic Periodicals’, supervised by Prof. Tom Toremans.

The researcher will work in close collaboration with both junior and senior researchers at the Centre for Reception Studies ( and the Research Unit English Literature of the University of Leuven ( The researcher will greatly benefit from the combined expertise in 19th-century literature and reception studies and (s)he will be actively involved in the research activities of both units.

This project pursues a quantitative, critical and comparative analysis of the reception and translation of non-British cultures in major British Romantic periodicals that dominated the literary, cultural, scientific and economic debates in Britain during the first two decades of the 19th century. Key questions that will be addressed are: what is the position of foreign texts/cultures in these periodicals, to what extent are they indicative of a transnational function and orientation of these periodicals, and how are they integrated in the larger ideological strategies of the latter? Addressing a largely neglected dimension of British Romantic periodical culture, the project combines methodological insights from reception studies, periodical studies, sociology of literature and discourse analysis, and cultural transfer and translation studies.

Deadline for applications is 28 July 2017.
Interviews will be held early September 2017.
The project starts on 1 October 2017.
For more information please contact Prof. Tom Toremans (

Further details on the project and how to apply can be found at

(posted 20 June 2017)