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

1 November 2017
Editors are Dirk van Miert, Henk Nellen, Piet Steenbakkers, and Jetze Touber.
27 October 2017
Co-edited by Jeroen Salman, this book demonstrates how materiality, sociality and spatiality contribute to a better understanding of early modern book history.
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15 September 2017
Alumni magazine Illuster interviewed Geert Buelens together with Director of Het Literatuurhuis Michaël Stoker about the visibility of literature in the city.
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Events

Prof. Astrid Erll. Source: uni-frankfurt.de
27 November 2017 17:15 - 19:00
Astrid Erll will argue that 'Homer' is the product of connectivity and exchange among individuals and groups, of relations that work across time and space.
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6 December 2017 16:15 - 17:30
Simon Cook shows how pornographic motifs in fiction by Ballard, Amis, Pynchon and Foster Wallace reflect the incursion of pornography into the public arena.
Paris, Bibliothèque nationale de France, lat. 8635, 112r.
2 February 2018
This is the 2nd Call for Papers for the Graduate Conference in Book History.
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