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

5 April 2019
In January 'BRILL' published 'The Idea of Beauty in Italian Literature and Language', a book by Harald Hendrix , Philiep Bossier and Claudio Di Felice.
Stonewall Inn, a gay bar on Christopher Street in Manhattan's Greenwich Village. A 1969 police raid here led to the Stonewall riots, one of the most important events in the history of LGBT rights.  Bron: Wikimedia/Rhododendrites
5 April 2019
He will be based in Utrecht as of 1 September 2019 and will work together with Ann Rigney’s ERC research group on the cultural memory of activism.
Malvolio and the Countess (Twelfth Night, or What You Will by Shakespeare) by Caniel Maclise (1806-1870). Bron: Wikimedia
8 March 2019
The new international academic programme NEW FACES asks the question what we can learn from Shakespeare’s world about the current crisis in Europe.
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Events

Prof. dr. Moritz Baßler. Bron: YouTube (still)
18 June 2019 18:00 - 19:30
A lecture with Prof Dr Moritz Baßler
Elke Erb (1938) en Marina Tsvetájeva (1892-1941). Bron: Wikimedia
19 June 2019 16:15 - 17:15
On June 19 Esther Hool will defend her PhD thesis 'Translating sound. Elke Erb as a poet and translator of Marina Tsvetaeva'.
Virgil Solis (1514-1562). Editie van de Metamorfosen uit 1565. Bron: Wikimedia
27 June 2019 10:30 - 11:30
On June 27 John Tholen will defend his PhD thesis 'Ovidian Paratexts. Guiding the reader to the Metamorphoses in the early modern Low Countries'.
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