Jürgen Pieters teaches courses on literary theory and the history of poetics at Ghent University. He is a founding member of GEMS. His PhD was published as Moments of Negotiation: The New Historicism of Stephen Greenblatt (Amsterdam UP, 2001). He has written books about the humanistic topos of the conversation with the dead (Speaking with the Dead. Explorations in Literature and History, Edinburgh UP, 2005) and the Dutch 17th-century poet Constantijn Huygens (Op zoek naar Huygens, Poëziecentrum, 2014). His new book project is Literature and Consolation: Fictions of Comfort (Edinburgh UP, 2021, under contract).