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. Our research is grounded in productive collaboration with colleagues working in related fields of cultural research. The group encompasses Medieval Literature, Early Modern Literature, and Modern and Contemporary 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

17 September 2018
In August the book 'The Cambridge Companion to the Dutch Golden Age' has been published by Cambridge University Press.
10 September 2018
Kiene Brillenburg Wurth, Karí Driscoll and Jessica Pressman edited the volume 'Book Presence in a Digital Age'.
6 September 2018
Prof. dr. Kiene Brillenburg Wurth is guest editor of a special issue for the journal 'Comparative Literature', which launched on September 1.
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Events

19 October 2018 11:00 - 17:00
On October19th Utrecht Centre for Medieval Studies (UCMS) will organize a symposium on prognostic texts.
5 November 2018 19:00 - 21:15
How authentic is the depiction of Timothy Treadwell’s life among grizzly bears? Literary scholar Dr Kári Driscoll explores the power of framing in Grizzly Man.
27 November 2018 20:00 - 21:30
We look back on the year that has passed: which events would we rather leave behind, which memories do we cherish? An evening on our memory and our forgetting.
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