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Douglas Atkinson

Post-doctoral researcher


Douglas Atkinson teaches at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Free University of Brussels) where he lectures in critical thinking and academic composition at The Doctoral School. Additionally, he gives courses in Advanced English Proficiency for students in Literature and Linguistics. He is also adjunct professor of Rhetoric and the Humanities at Vesalius College. He holds a PhD in Philosophy and specializes in 20thcentury Continental Philosophy, with a focus on the intersection between philosophy and literature. His current work is on the philosophic import of Maurice Blanchot and his influence on Samuel Beckett, phenomenology, hermeneutics and philosophy of language. He is currently co-supervising a PhD project at the VUB on Beckett and Joyce, and has promoted a wide range of Master’s Theses in literature. His literary interests focus primarily on Beckett, Modernism and Post-Modernism, phenomenology, deconstructionism, psychoanalysis, death and modern Japanese literature.


Building B
Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Pleinlaan 2
1050 Brussels