Sien Uytterschout has been affiliated with the English Department of Ghent University as a pre-doctoral researcher since December 2006. She holds degrees from the University of Antwerp (MA in American Studies, 2006) and the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (teacher training certificate, 2007; licentiate in Germanic Philology, 2005).
In 2006-2007 she was employed on the research project "Walking the Border / Lost in the Borderlands: The Discursive Construction of Diasporic Identities in Contemporary Jewish American Literature". She is currently an assistant to Professor Kristiaan Versluys, the Director of Studies at Ghent University’s Faculty of Arts and Philosophy. She has recently been granted a four-year scholarship by Ghent University’s Research Council to work on a PhD entitled Writing "9/12": The After-Existence of September 11 in Literature, a project which will start in January 2009. Her research interests include September 11 in literature (with a focus on the latest works of Jonathan Safran Foer, Claire Messud, and Ian McEwan among others) and traumatic and magical realism.
- Uytterschout, Sien, and Kristiaan Versluys. "Mourning and Melancholy in Jonathan Safran Foer's Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close." Orbis Litterarum 63.3 (2008): 216-36.
- Uytterschout, Sien. "Visualised Incomprehensibility of Trauma in Jonathan Safran Foer's Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close." Zeitschrift für Anglistik und Amerikanistik 51.1 (2008): 61-74.
- Uytterschout, Sien. "Comparing Oskars: A Comparative Study of Jonathan Safran Foer’s Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close and Günter Grass’s The Tin Drum" [submitted for publication to Comparative Literature Studies].
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