Katell Lavéant


Nederland, Utrecht, 20150520 Katell Laveant, onderzoekt de vrolijke cultuur in en rond de Lage Landen (13e tot 17e eeuw), haar culturele praktijken en haar materiële en literaire verschijnsels (o.a. spotteksten in het Frans en Nederlands), om te laten zien hoe parodie een essentiële rol voor sociale cohesie had. Foto: Kick Smeets (c) '15

I am Associate Professor of French Literature at Utrecht University. My research focuses on late medieval and early modern drama and theatrical culture from an interdisciplinary perspective, studying both historical and literary sources. My PhD dissertation dealt with theatrical culture in the French-speaking Low Countries in the 15th and 16th century (University of Amsterdam/VIDI-project, 2007), published under the title Un theatre des frontières. La culture dramatique dans les provinces du Nord aux XVe et XVIe siècles (Orléans, 2011). My following postdoctoral research led me to study the links between drama and the law in the Southern Low Countries, with a focus on the Reformation period (NWO project at the University of  Amsterdam, 2008-2013).

In May 2015, I have been awarded a VIDI-grant from the Dutch Research organisation NWO for the project ‘Uncovering Joyful Culture: Parodic Literature and Practices in and around the Low Countries (13th-17th centuries)’. Together with a PhD-student and a post-doc, I am studying the cultural practices and the literary production of joyful culture (among which parodic texts in French and Dutch), in order to demonstrate the essential role of parody in social cohesion in the pre-modern era (project period: end of 2015-end of 2020).

I also work on edition projects of Burgundian topical poetry and of drama (sotties), as well as on popular book culture, via projects with colleagues from the Netherlands, France and the United Kingdom.



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