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Ton van Kalmthout

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Ton van Kalmthout studied Dutch Language and Literature at the University of Nijmegen (now Radboud University Nijmegen) and gained his Ph.D. in 1998 at the University of Amsterdam with a thesis on multidisciplinary art clubs in the Netherlands between 1880 and 1914. He worked as a teacher of Dutch at secondary school, and taught at the teacher-training programmes for Dutch at Rotterdam University an at the University of Leiden. He also worked as a teacher and post-doctoral researcher at the Dutch Language and Culture Section of the University of Groningen. Since 2005, he is a senior researcher at Huygens Institute for the History of the Netherlands. His field of interest is the distribution and reception of literature in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Research and other projects

 Additional Positions

  • Affiliate research associate van het Centre for Historical Culture (EUR)
  • Bestuurslid van de Coornhert Stichting
  • Bestuurslid van de Stichting Réveil Archief
  • Gastdocent bij de KU Leuven, campus Brussel
  • Lid van de Commissie voor Taal- en Letterkunde van de Maatschappij der Nederlandse Letterkunde
  • Lid van de klankbordcommissie van het project ‘Weerkaatsingen. Geschiedenis van de Nederlandse literatuur vanuit Hongaars perspectief’
  • Lid van de redactieraad van het Tijdschrift voor Nederlandse Taal- en Letterkunde (Uitgeverij Verloren)
  • Redacteur van de boekenreeks Bibliotheca Dissidentium Neerlandicorum (Uitgeverij Verloren)
  • Redacteur van de boekenreeks Women Writers in History (Brill Publishers)

Other Information

Important publications (selection)

  • ‘Translation as a Complementary Factor in Cultural Repertoire Formation’, in: Arcadia 44 (2009) 2, p. 335-351.
  • ‘The Sound of Literature. Secondary School Teaching on Reading Aloud and Silent Reading, 1880-1940’, in: Graham Allen, Carrie Griffin & Mary O’Connell (eds.), Readings on Audience and Textual Materiality. London: Pickering & Chatto, 2011, p. 143-153, 191-194.
  • ‘Futurism in the Netherlands, 1909-1940’ in: Günter Berghaus (ed.), International Yearbook of Futurism Studies 2014. Berlin-Boston: De Gruyter, 2014, 165-201.
  • ‘Scientification and Popularization in the Historiography of World Literature, 1850-1950. A Dutch Case Study’, in: Rens Bod, Jaap Maat & Thijs Weststeijn (eds.), The Making of the Humanities. Volume III: The Modern Humanities. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2014, 299-311.
  • ‘Beam of a Many-Coloured Spectrum. Comparative Literature in the Second Half of the Nineteenth Century’, in: Ton van Kalmthout & Huib Zuidervaart (eds.), The Practice of Philology in the Nineteenth-Century Netherlands. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2015, 179-207.


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