Analysing our literary past and present, anticipating its future

Utrecht University has a strong tradition in literary research, based on the presence of a substantial group of scholars with expertise in the literature of Western European languages across all periodes. The work of the Literature research group is grounded in productive collaboration with colleagues working in related fields of cultural research. The research group encompasses Medieval Literature, Early Modern Literature, and Comparative Literature. Together, they cover a broad range of themes relating to our literary past, present and future. 

The groups are united by their common concern with the role of literature in generating new ideas and stories, and in disseminating these across generations, social groups, and cultural borders. They also share a common concern with understanding how literature has adapted in the long term to changing media technologies, from the invention of print and the paperback, to the emergence of cinema and internet.

Areas of expertise: narratives | poetry | intermediality | digitisation | translation | book history | cultural memory | world literature | middle ages | early modern period | modern literature | contemporary literature

News

3 March 2017
Jolanda Vanderwal Taylor will be both a visiting scholar and a visiting educator. She will contribute to designing the broad bachelor programmes TCS and LAS.
1 March 2017
Eight Humanities programmes have been ranked best in their field, according to Keuzegids Masters 2017.
21 February 2017
The PROSE Awards annually recognize the very best in professional and scholarly publishing. Paul Franssen received an honourable mention.
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Events

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12 June 2017 13:00 - 17:30
Leading scholars of life writing will discuss the role of mediation in the production, circulation and uses of testimony in contemporary debates.
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3 July 2017 - 5 July 2017
From 3-5 July 2017, the Faculty of Humanities will host the fourth Digital Humanities Benelux conference.
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