Dr Theo Van Heijnsbergen
- Lecturer (Scottish Literature)
- Mediæval Scottish literature, especially Robert Henryson and William Dunbar
- Scottish and English literature of the 16th and 17th centuries
- Alexander Scott
- Interaction between English and Scottish writing in the Renaissance period
- Medieval and Early (Modern) Scottish literature in its interdisciplinary contexts
- Early modern travel writing
Theo van Heijnsbergen graduated in 1989 from the University of Nijmegen, with a cum laude degree in Modern British and American Literature and in Old and Middle English Literature, with a subsidiary course component on 'The nineteenth-century Russian novel'. His Masters dissertation was: 'Forgive the Frequent Ego: George Gissing's Heroine's 1889-1893', on the women characters in the novels of the late Victorian novelist George Gissing. Theo spent 1985-86 as an exchange student at the University of Manchester, teaching Dutch in the German department.
In 1989 he started a PhD at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands on sixteenth-century Scottish lyrics in general, and those of Alexander Scott (c.1520 - 1583) in particular, taking up a part-time lecturing post in the English department there in 1992. In 1994 he took up his current position as lecturer in the department of Scottish Literature at the University of Glasgow, where he developed the sense of humour required to survive such an appointment and where he completed his PhD on mid-sixteenth-century Scottish verse in 2010.
In addition to researching medieval and Renaissance topics, he has recently surprised himself with publications on travel writing and (post)colonial studies.
British Academy Overseas Conference Travel Grant to address and attend 'Natio Scota. The Thirteenth International Conference on Medieval and Renaissance Scottish Language and Literature (Padova, Italy, 22-26 July 2011), and secure the right to organise the fifteenth conference in this series in Glasgow (2017).
Theo has supervised post-graduate students on topics in the area of Medieval Scottish poetry and drama, including John Barbour’s Bruce, Kingship and Chivalry in Middle Scots romance; Reynardian fable in William Caxton and Robert Henryson, William Dunbar, Gavin Douglas, David Lindsay, James VI, and Alexander Montgomerie; the reception of classical myth in late medieval and early modern Scotland; Petrarch in seventeenth-century British verse; Renaissance Scottish lyric and the court; seventeenth-century Scottish romance; early modern book history and manuscript circulation; ballads up to 1800; early Scottish eldritch and fantasy literature; modern novel (Alan Warner, A.L. Kennedy, James Kelman, Iain Banks, Janice Galloway, Neil Gunn) and modern critical and cultural theory.
- Survey courses in Medieval Renaissance and 18th-century Scottish Literature
- More specialised Honours courses in 'From Beginnings to Early Modern' (1375 - 1513) and 'Alternative Renaissances' (c.1550 - 1625)
- Theoretical Approaches to Scottish Literature
- Scottish Literature Dissertation
- Contributing to courses such as 'History of the Scottish Book', 'Scottish Journeys' (travel writing), 'Modern Scottish literature' and Junior Year Abroad courses
Graduate level: Taught Masters courses
- Co-convene and co-teach cross-college Taught Masters course with Dr Steven Reid (History) as lead convener: 'Politics and Literature in Jacobean Scotland, 1578 - 1603' (5 classes)
- Three 'core' in the Taught M.Litt in Medieval and Renaissance Studies (an interdisciplinary one-year Masters course in the Glasgow Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies)
- Honours Course Convener
- Departmental Staff Committee (member)
- Staff-student committee (member)
- SCS Learning and Teaching Committee (departmental representative)
- Erasmus European Student Exchanges programme (departmental representative)
- Interdepartmental Scots Language Committee (departmental representative)
- Key-holder for 7 University Gardens
- ScotLit JISC Mailbase e-mail network (co-supervisor for Scottish Literature and Language list)
- Departmental UCUG contact
- Member of the Executive Committee of the Glasgow Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies
Theo was Visiting Fellow to the Centre for Renaissance Studies of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in Spring 1998. He is Editorial Secretary of the Scottish Text Society, and member of the (by invitation only) Colloquium for Scottish Medieval and Renaissance Studies.