Rita Ghesquière is emeritus professor of comparative literature at the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium. She holds a degree in philology and has written her PhD on Phenomenology and Literary Theory. Her research and publications fall within the scope of the history of European literature, juvenile fiction and spirituality. She published a Dutch literary companion on the history of European Literature. Together with Knut Ims she is the editor of “Heroes and Anti-heroes. European Literature and the Ethics of Leadership” (2010, Grarant: Antwerp, Belgium, Apeldoorn, the Netherlands).