Jan Baetens

Jan Baetens (b. 1957) is Full Professor at the University of Leuven (Belgium), where he teaches the cultural studies program (www.culturelestudies.be).

In 2007-2008 he has been the “titulaire de la Chaire Francqui au titre belge” at FUCAM (Mons).


He is the founding editor of the literary journals conséquences (1983-1991), Formules, revue des écritures à contraintes (since 1997), FPC/Formes poétiques contemporaines (since 2002) and the bilingual peer-reviewed academic e-journal Image (&) Narrative (since 1999: www.imageandnarrative.net).


He is the (co)author and/or co(editor) of more than forty volumes and special issues, among which:

The Graphic Novel. An Introduction (with Hugo Frey), New York: Cambridge University Press, 2014.

A voix haute. Poésie et lecture publique. Brussels: Les Impressions Nouvelles, 2016.

The Cambridge History of the Graphic Novel, coedited with Hugo Frey and Steve Tabachnick. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2018.


For an overview of his academic production, see:



As a poet, he has published fifteen books of poetry (all in French), some of them in collaboration with graphic artists. In 2007, he has been awarded the « Prix triannuel de poésie de la Communauté française de Belgique ».


For an overview of his poetic production, see:


University of Leuven
Leuven, Belgium
Focus area: Cultural Practices, Social Practice, Writing, Literature, Poetry, Culture, Sociology