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Department History
Specialization History of literature
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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. In addition, since 2020, he is professor by special appointment of Dutch Literature at the Leiden University Center for the Arts in Society (LUCAS) of Leiden University.

Additional positions

  • Affiliate research associate van het Centre for Historical Culture (EUR)
  • Bestuurslid van de Coornhert Stichting
  • Bestuurslid van de Stichting Réveil Archief
  • Lid van de adviesraad van VNLex. Vertalerslexicon voor het Nederlandstalig gebied
  • Secretaris 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)
  • Member of the advisory board of the book series Women Writers in History (Brill Publishers)
  • Professor by special appointment of Dutch Literature at the Leiden University Center for the Arts in Society (LUCAS) of Leiden University

Other information

Research output in Pure


Important publications

‘At the Edge of the World and Other Stories. Dutch-Australian Emigration Literature, ca. 1945-1990’, in: Theo D’haen (ed.), Dutch Literature as World Literature. New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2019, 295-311.

‘The Reception of Blake in the Netherlands’, in: Sybille Erle & Morton D. Paley (eds.), The Reception of William Blake in Europe. 2 vols. London etc.: Bloomsbury Academic, 2019, vol. II, 385-413 and 693-700.

‘Hendrik van Wijn, Pioneer of Historical Literary Studies in the Netherlands’, in: Rick Honings, Gijsbert Rutten & Ton van Kalmthout (eds.), Language, Literature and the Construction of a Dutch National Identity, 1780-1830. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2018, 253-276.