Janis Vanacker studied Romance Philology (French, Italian, Portuguese) at Ghent University before obtaining a PhD degree with a dissertation on the rewriting and reinterpretation of classical hunting myths in Renaissance and Baroque literature and visual arts (published in 2009). She is a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Literary Studies at Ghent University. She is currently studying the reception of the myth of Polyphemus in Italian Baroque poetry and theatre. So far she has studied a wide range of texts going from Dante, Petrarch, Boccaccio, Poliziano, Boiardo to Ariosto and Giambattista Marino. Other research interests are the fairy tale tradition (Straparola, Giambattista Basile) and the philosophical texts of Giordano Bruno.