Jan Baetens is professor of cultural studies at the University of Leuven (Belgium). He has published widely on French literature (mainly modern poetry), photography theory and history, and word and image studies in the so-called minor genres (photonovel, comics, graphic novel, novelization). He is a member of the editorial board of PPC/Formes poétiques contemporaines and of various other scholarly and literary journals. A published poet, he is the author of some ten collections, among them Cent fois sur le métier (winner of the triannual prize for poetry of the francophone community of Belgium), Vivre sa vie. Une novellisation en vers du film de Jean-Luc Godard, and Slam (a poetry book on basketball), all published with Les Impressions Nouvelles.