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Ph.D. Hans BAK Professor, Department of English and North American Studies, Radboud University Nijmegen


 Hans Bak is Professor of American Literature at Radboud University Nijmegen in the Netherlands, where he directed the American Studies program from 1996-2008.
1990-2000 President of the Netherlands American Studies Association (ASA)
2000-2003 President of the Association for Canadian Studies in the Netherlands
2000-2004 Treasurer of the European Association for American Studies
2005-2007 American Studies Programs Committee of ASA
since 2010 Member of the ASA International Committee
 Current research interests include (1) contemporary American and Canadian fiction (Native American/ First Nations literatures; transnational cultural memory); (2) instruments of culture (role and function, impact and influence of American publishers and periodicals; American "middlemen" of letters); (3) reception of American literature and culture in Europe in a comparative, transnational perspective. Most recently, he has contributed two chapters to Four Centuries of Dutch-American Relations, 1609-2009, edited by Hans Krabbendam, Cornelis A. Van Minnen & Giles Scott-Smith (2009), on the reception of American literature in the Netherlands, 1800-1900 and 1900-1950.
 In progress:
 -- The Long Voyage: Selected Letters of Malcolm Cowley, 1915-1987 for Harvard University Press
 -- Malcolm Cowley: An American Life in Letters (biography)
 -- In preparation: research project on America and the "New Europe"


Netherlands American Studies Association
Association for Canadian Studies in the Netherlands
European Association for American Studies
American Studies Association


Malcolm Cowley: The Formative Years. Athens & London: University of Georgia Press, 1993
(edited, with Walter Hoelbling)  Nature s Nation Revisited: American Concepts of Nature from Wonder to Ecological Crisis (Amsterdam: VU University Press, 2003)
(edited) Uneasy Alliance: Twentieth-century American Literature, Culture and Biography (Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2004)
(edited) First Nations of North America: Politics and Representation (Amsterdam: VU University Press, 2005).
He has published articles in European and American journals on mostly 20th-century American and Canadian fiction, drama, biography, multiculturalism, and the discipline of American Studies. These include essays on Louis Erdrich, Gerald Vizenor, James Welch, Sherman Alexie, LeAnne Howe, Carol Shields, Wayne Johnston, and Tomson Highway.


American Studies Network European Book Prize, 1994
American Council of Learned Societies, Research fellowship, 1979-1980
Senior Distinguished Fulbright Fellowship for Teaching and Research, 2003
NWO-research fellowship (substitute teaching grant), 2003-2004