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Astrid van Weyenberg

University Lecturer

Name
Dr. A.L.B. van Weyenberg
Telephone
+31 71 527 8003
E-mail
a.l.b.van.weyenberg@hum.leidenuniv.nl

I am especially interested in the relation between literature and politics. This relation is at the core of my book “The Politics of Adaptation: Contemporary African Drama and Greek Tragedy” (Brill, 2013). There, I analyse how African reworkings of Greek tragedies perform a cultural politics directed at the Europe that has traditionally considered Greece as its property, foundation and legitimization. I additionally discuss how these adaptations invite us to reconsider how we think about the genre of tragedy and about the cultural process of adaptation.

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Fields of interest

Postcolonial Studies, Globalization Studies, South African Literature, African Drama, Irish Drama, Greek Tragedy, Literary and Cultural Theory.

Research

I am especially interested in the relation between literature and politics. This relation is at the core of my book “The Politics of Adaptation: Contemporary African Drama and Greek Tragedy” (Brill, 2013). There, I analyse how African reworkings of Greek tragedies perform a cultural politics directed at the Europe that has traditionally considered Greece as its property, foundation and legitimization. I additionally discuss how these adaptations invite us to reconsider how we think about the genre of tragedy and about the cultural process of adaptation.

At present, I am doing research on constructions of Europe as a narrative in European cultural projects. I seek to analyze what stories of and for Europe cultural projects construct and what political implications a close reading of these stories reveals. 

Teaching

Literature and Theory - Poetry Analysis - Interculturality: Key Concepts - Histories of Gender and Sexuality - Contemporary Visions of Gender and Sexuality - World Literature - Academic Skills - Introduction to Dramatic Media (theater) - Comparative Studies - BA and MA Thesis Supervision

CV

• Lecturer, Department of Film and Literary Studies, Leiden University (Since 2014)

• Lecturer, Department of Literary Studies, University of Amsterdam (2010-2014).

• Part-time Lecturer, Department of English Language and Culture, University of Amsterdam (2011-2012).

• AiO (funded PhD position), The Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis, Department of Literary Studies, University of Amsterdam (2005-2010).

Key publications

• “Ook Vluchteling hoort bij Europese Geschiedenis.” Opinion piece in Dutch daily newspaper De Volkskrant. 6 November 2015.

• "Repairing Europe: A Critical Reading of Storytelling in European Cultural Projects," Peripheral Visions in the Globalizing Present. Thamyris/Intersecting: Place, Sex, and Race Eds. Hanneke Stuit, Esther Peeren and Astrid Van Weyenberg. Amsterdam: Brill, 2016.

• “From Black Athena to Black Dionysus and beyond? Some thoughts on analysing African adaptations of Greek tragedy,” World Language(s) and World Literature(s). Eds. Theo D’haen & Iannis Goerlandt. Amsterdam/New York: John Benjamins, 2015.

• “African Antigones: Pasts, Presents, Futures,” The Returns of Antigone. Eds. Tina Chanter & Sean Kirkland. New York: State University of New York Press, 2014: 261-280.

• Monograph The Politics of Adaptation: Contemporary African Drama and Greek Tragedy. Amsterdam: Rodopi Publishers, 2013.

• “Staging Transition: The Oresteia in post-apartheid South Africa," Art and Visibility in Migratory Culture: Enacting Conflict and Resistance, Aesthetically. Eds. Mieke Bal & Miguel Ángel Hernandez-Navarro. Amsterdam: Rodopi Publishers, 2012: 69-90. 

• “Wole Soyinka's Yoruba Tragedy: Performing Politics,” African Athena: New Agendas Eds. Daniel Orrells, Gurminder Bhambra & Tessa Roynon. Oxford University Press, 2011: 326-342. 

• “Looking in, from elsewhere,” with Paulina Aroch Fugellie, Eighty-eight: Mieke Bal PhDs 1983-2011. Eds. Esther Peeren & Murat Aydemir. Amsterdam: ASCA Press, 2011: 199-208.

• “Revolutionary Muse: Fémi Òsófisan’s Tègònni: an African Antigone,” Interrogating Antigone in Postmodern Philosophy and Criticism. Eds. Steve Wilmer & Audrone Zukauskaite. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 2010: 366-378.

• Book review: Alma Parens Originalis? The Receptions of Classical Literature and Thought in Africa, Europe, the United States, and Cuba, Acta Classica, Journal of the Classical Association of South Africa, 2009: 135-138. 

• “‘Rewrite this ancient end!’ Staging transition in post-apartheid South Africa,” New Voices in Classical Reception Studies 3. Ed. Lorna Hardwick, 2008. Online.

• “Antigone on the African Stage: ‘Wherever the call for freedom is heard!’” Migrant Settings, Thamyris/Intersecting: Place, Sex, and Race. Eds. Murat Aydemir & Alex Rotas. Amsterdam: Rodopi Publishers, 2008: 119-137.

• Encyclopaedic entries: “Liz Lochhead” and “Mary Queen of Scots got her Head Chopped Off,” Columbia Grolier Encyclopedia of Modern Drama. Eds. Gabrielle Cody & Evert Sprinchorn. 2008: 873-874.

• “Antigone as Revolutionary Muse: Fémi Òsófisan’s Tègònni: an African Antigone,” Journal of African Literature and Culture 4: A Widening Frontier. Ed. Charles Smith, 2007: 59-80.

University Lecturer

  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Centre for the Arts in Society
  • Literatuurwetenschap

Work address

van Wijkplaats
Van Wijkplaats 2
2311 BX Leiden
Room number 1.03c

Contact

  • Weyenberg A.L.B. van (2019), “’Burgers van Europa’: Bedenkingen bij de Retoriek van Verbondenheid”, Collateral: Online Journal for Cross-Cultural Close Reading 21.article in journal
  • Weyenberg A.L.B. van (2019), Invited lecture at the conference Re/Un-working Tragedy: Perspectives from the Global South, Cambridge University (Lecture).other
  • Weyenberg A.L.B. van (2019), Invited lecture “European Integration on Display”, Centre for European Studies at the University of Helsinki (Lecture).other
  • Weyenberg A.L.B. van (2019), Organizer and chair panel “Narrating ‘Europe’: A Contested Imagined Community”, 26th International Conference of Europeanists, Sovereignty in Contention: Nations, Regions and Citizens in Europe, with Alvaro Oleart (Université Libre de Bruxelles), Madrid. [other].other
  • Weyenberg A.L.B. van (2019), Panel participant conference Re/Un-working Tragedy: Perspectives from the Global South, Cambridge University). [other].other
  • Weyenberg A.L.B. van (2019), Peer reviews: International Journal of the Classical Tradition, ed. Katherine Cecilia Harloe. [other].other
  • Weyenberg A.L.B. van (2019), Peer reviews: Publications of the Modern Language Association of America. [other].other
  • Weyenberg A.L.B. van (2019), Peer reviews: South African Theatre Journal, eds. Sruti Bala and Mark Fleishman. [other].other
  • Weyenberg A.L.B. van (2019), “’Sharing Heritage, Sharing Values’? A critical consideration of European Heritage Discourse”. Racial Orders, Racist Borders, Amsterdam Centre for Globalization Studies. University of Amsterdam.conference paper
  • Weyenberg A.L.B. van (2019), Symposium “Narrative, Heritage and Crises”, at the invitation of Magdalena Kmak, leader of the project “Migration and the narratives of Europe as an ‘Area of freedom, security and justice’ at the Centre of Excellence in Law, Identity and the European Narratives (EuroStorie), University of Helsinki.conference paper
  • Weyenberg A.L.B. van (2017), Europa als verhaal? Een kritische lezing van het Huis van de Europese Geschiedenis, Vooys: tijdschrift voor letteren 35(4): 20-30.article in journal
  • Weyenberg A.L.B. van, Stuit H. & Peeren E. (2016), Peripheral Visions in the Globalizing Present.. Amsterdam: Brill.book
  • Weyenberg A.L.B. Van (2016), "Repairing Europe: A Critical Reading of Storytelling in European Cultural Projects". In: Weyenberg A.L.B., Stuit H. van, Peeren E. (Eds.) Peripheral Visions in the Globalizing Present. Amsterdam: Brill.book chapter
  • Weyenberg A.L.B. van (2015), From Black Athena to Black Dionysus and beyond? Some thoughts on analysing African adaptations of Greek tragedy. In: D'haen T., Goerlandt I. (Eds.) World Language(s) and World Literature(s). Amsterdam/New York: John Benjamins.book chapter
  • Chanter T., Honig B., Kirkland S.D., Stocking D., Thompson K., Rawlinson M.C., Mader M.B., S.K., Leroux G., Kramer S., Appel L., Draz M., Fradinger M., Clifton Spargo R. & Sjoholm C. (2014), “African Antigones: Pasts, Presents, Futures”. In: Chanter T., Kirkland S.D. (Eds.) The Returns of Antigone: Interdisciplinary Essays. New York: State University of New York Press. 261-280.book chapter
  • Weyenberg A.L.B. van (2014), African Antigones: Pasts, Presents, Futures. In: Chanter T., Kirkland S. (Eds.) The return of Antigone. New York: State University of New York Press. 261-280.book chapter
  • Weyenberg A.L.B. van (2014), 'Narrating Europe': the European Institute for Cultural Routes.conference paper
  • Weyenberg A.L.B. van (2013), Repairing Europe (Global Positioning Systems (Toronto)).conference paper
  • Weyenberg A.L.B. van (2013), Reparing Europe (Digitization and (Trans)-National Memory Workshop (Amsterdam)).conference paper
  • Weyenberg A.L.B. van (2013), The Politics of Adaptation: Contemporary African Drama and Greek Tragedy. Amsterdam: Rodopi Publishers.book
  • Weyenberg A.L.B. van (2012), Staging Transition: The Oresteia in post-apartheid South Africa. In: Bal M., Ángel Hernandez-Navarro M. (Eds.) Art and Visibility in Migratory Culture: Enacting Conflict and Resistance, Aesthetically. Amsterdam: Rodopi Publishers. 69-90.book chapter
  • Weyenberg A.L.B. van & Aroch Fugellie P. (2011), Looking in, from elsewhere. In: Peeren E., Aydemir M. (Eds.) Eighty-eight: Mieke Bal PhDs 1983-2011. Amsterdam: ASCA Press. 199-208.book chapter
  • Weyenberg A.L.B. van (2011), Wole Soyinka's Yoruba Tragedy: Performing Politics. In: Orrells D., Gurminder Bhambra , Roynon T. (Eds.) African Athena: New Agendas. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 326-342.book chapter
  • Weyenberg A.L.B. van (2010), Globalisation and Adaptation.conference paper
  • Weyenberg A.L.B. van (2010), Revolutionary Muse: Fémi Òsófisan's Tègònni: an African Antigone. In: Wilmer S., Zukauskaite A. (Eds.) Interrogating Antigone in Postmodern Philosophy and Critisism. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 366-378.book chapter
  • Weyenberg A.L.B. van (2009), Review of: Alma Parens Originalis? The Receptions of Classical Literature and Thought in Africa, Europe, the United States and Cuba, Acta Classica, Journal of the Classical Association of South Africa, Acta Classica : 135-138.book review
  • Weyenberg A.L.B. van (2008), Antigone on the African stage: 'Wherever the call for freedom is heard!'. In: Aydemir M., Rotas A. (Eds.) Migrant settings Thamyris/Intersecting: Place, Sex and Race. Amsterdam: Rodopi Publishers. 119-137.book chapter
  • Weyenberg A.L.B. van (2008), Liz Lochhead and Mary Queen of Scots got her Head Chopped Off. In: Cody G., Sprinchorn E. (Eds.) Columbia Grolier Encyclopedia of Modern Drama.. 873-874.book chapter
  • Weyenberg A.L.B. van (Hardwick L. ed.) (2008), Rewrite this ancient end! Staging transition in post-apartheid South Africa, New Voices in Classical Reception Studies 3 (3): 31-46.article in journal
  • Weyenberg A.L.B. van (2008), Tègónni: A Nigerian Antigone. Chicago.conference paper
  • Weyenberg A.L.B. van (Smith C. ed.) (2007), Antigone as Revolutionary Muse: Fémi Òsófisan's Tègónni: an African Antigone, Journal of African Literature and Culture 4: A widening Frontier : 59-80.article in journal
  • Weyenberg A.L.B. van (2007), Greek Tragedy on the African Stage: 'Canonical Counter-Discourse' re-examined. Stellenbosch, South Africa.conference paper
  • Weyenberg A.L.B. van (2007), Of Comparison and Contradiction: Wole Soyinka's Yoruba Tragedy. University of Amsterdam.conference paper
  • Weyenberg A.L.B. van (2007), "'Rewrite this ancient end!': The Oresteia in post-TRC South Africa'.conference paper
  • Weyenberg A.L.B. van (2006), Antigone as Revolutionary Muse: Fémi Òsófisan's Tègónni: an African Antigone. Trinity College, Dublin.conference paper
  • Weyenberg A.L.B. van (2006), Antigone Under Apartheid. University of Leeds.conference paper
  • Weyenberg A.L.B. van (2003), Graduate journal: Ireland's Carthaginians and Tragic Heroines, Xchanges 2.2 Confrontation, Conflict, and Negotiations of National Space : Online.article in journal

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