Marleen Rensen studied Arts and Sciences at the University of Maastricht and took her PHD at the University of Amsterdam. Currently, she is a Senior Lecturer of Modern European Literature, teaching in the department of European Studies. She specializes in twentieth century literature and life writing, with a specific focus on France and Germany in 1900-1945.
Other fields of interest are: transnational life writing; the artist's biography; ideas of Europe and European identities; cultural relations between France and Germany; literary engagement; literature and eurofascism.
In her current research on French and German intellectuals (1870-1945) she studies the way in which artists' lives have been written to articulate European identities.
My main research projects are:
Currently, she is teaching BA and MA courses in European Studies (in Dutch and English) on subjects such as Franco-German relations, life writing and European identities, and development of teaching methods and materials about Europe for secondary schools.
She is also the Programme Coordinator of the MA 'Identity and Integration' (European studies).
Articles (a selection)
European Encounters. Intellectual Exchange and the Rethinking of Europe 1914-1945; European Studies 32 - Edited Volume (2014) European Encounters
This volume comprises the proceedings of a Conference with same name held at the University of Amsterdam.
Together with Carlos Reijnen she has edited this volume, provided it with an introduction and contributed a chapter on the friendship of Romain Rolland and Stefan Zweig.
Lijden aan de tijd. Franse intellectuelen in het interbellum (Aspekt, 2009)