Leonoor Kuijk

doctoraatsbursaal vergelijkende literatuur


bureau: Blandijn 110.025

Blandijnberg 2, 9000 Gent




Painting themselves, A Trans-National Approach to the National Self-Portraiture of around 1840 in Europe

This PhD project focuses on a group of sketches, which were popular throughout Europe around 1840. The sketches, bearing titles like "les Français peints par eux-mêmes" and "Los Españoles pintados por sí mismos", aimed to underline national identity through detailed description of common types, both in text and image.  I will compare English, French, Belgian, Dutch and Spanish sketches. My aim is to reconstruct the connections between authors, drawers, engravers and publishers involved in these national self-portraits. In so doing I hope to cast light on how these collections not only served to shape national identity, but also constituted a transnational discursive space in which notions of nationality were played out against one another.


  • comparative literature
  • periodical literature
  • Nineteenth Century
  • European identity
  • colonial literature