Thomas Van der Goten is a PhD student in the Department of Literary Studies. He studied Latin and English Literature at Ghent University and Literary Studies at the Catholic University of Louvain. His current research project aims to produce a revisionist, genre-theoretical study of the British ode in the eighteenth century. Promoting an inclusive, quantitative as well as qualitative examination of canonical and non-canonical odes, the project seeks to offer a nuanced account of the range and variety of the genre, its engagement with literary tradition, and its place in the proliferating market for printed poetry. His interests include classical as well as early modern and Romantic literature, lyric poetry, print culture, material culture, book history, and the history of reading.