Professor Dirk Van Hulle

I work mainly on twentieth-century writers such as Samuel Beckett and James Joyce. My research concentrates on the study of liteary writing processes of 'genetic criticism'. As Professor of Bibliography and Modern Book History, my aim is to reunite the compartmentalized fields of Bibliography, Book History, Textual Criticism, Scholarly Editing and Genetic Criticism. The digital medium is a great catalyst for this rapprochement. For instance, the Beckett Digital Manuscript Project ( is a scholarly edition that reunites all of Samuel Beckett's manuscripts held in scattered collections on both sides of the Atlantic. Apart from scans, transcriptions, search and collation engines, it also includes the author's personal library, enabling users to discover the connections between Beckett's reading and his writings. In 2019, the project was awarded the Modern Language Association's (MLA) Prize for a Bibliography, Archive or Digital Project. With Mark Nixon, I edit the Journal of Beckett Studies and the Cambridge UP series 'Elements in Beckett Studies'. Apart from my work on scholarly editions and authors' libraries (for Cambridge UP, Bloomsbury, Michigan UP, Routledge), I a writing a monograph on genetic criticism for Oxford University Press and organizing conferences on 'Writers' Libraries', 'Creative Revision' and 'Histories of the Holograph' in September 2020.

Modern (20th-century) literature in English; modern manuscripts; genetic criticis; textual scholarship; digital scholarly editing; book history; bibliography



  • Editorial

  • Shifting cultural affinities in ‘Molloy’: a genetic bilingual approach

  • Lists in Literary Manuscripts: Creative and Cognitive Tools in an Aesthetics of Incompletion

  • Pedagogies of Place: Antwerp

  • Special issue: Beckett and pedagogy: introduction

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