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

A party in the Open Air. Allegory on Conjugal Love (1590-1595) by Isaac Oliver. Source: Wikimedia Commons
22 December 2017
The new international academic programme NEW FACES asks the question what we can learn from Shakespeare’s world about the current crisis in Europe.
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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Events

Paris, Bibliothèque nationale de France, lat. 8635, 112r.
2 February 2018
The conference is devoted to current research in manuscripts and printed books of the premodern and early modern period (c. 650 - 1600).
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20 April 2018 - 22 April 2018
This conference brings together specialists in the field of music notation in different musical genres, historical periods, and cultures.
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