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


7 October 2019
This volume explores the challenges and possibilities of research into the European dimensions of popular print culture.
6 September 2019
Amsterdam University Press recently published "The Life of Texts" by Kiene Brillenburg Wurth and Ann Rigney.
6 June 2019
In June the book 'My Mother's Mother's Mother' will be published by Leiden University Press.


Mads Rosendahl Thomsen. Bron: YouTube (still)
23 October 2019 17:00 - 19:00
Mads Rosendahl Thomsen (Aarhus University) will give the lecture.
The mothers of the Plaza de Mayo with President Néstor Kirchner (2005). Source: Wikimedia
29 October 2019 15:00 - 17:00
The Utrecht Forum for Memory Studies in cooperation with ReACT is happy to announce this guest seminar with Alison Ribeiro de Menezes.
The Quarrel of Oberon and Titania by Noel Paton: fairies in Shakespeare. Source: Wikimedia
12 November 2019 15:15 - 17:00
Prof. Carolyne Larrington gives a UCMS-lecture titled 'Fairies in British Folklore: Traditional and Made Modern'.