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

Prof. dr. Kiene Brillenburg Wurth
22 August 2017
As of 1 august, Kiene Brillenburg Wurth has been appointed Head of Humanities at Utrecht University College (UCU) for the coming four years.
Bron: Wikimedia Commons
28 July 2017
Open Access journal Early Modern Low Countries (EMLC) offers a home to state-of-the-art academic scholarship on any aspect of the early modern Low Countries.
28 July 2017
The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) has awarded a Veni grant to 7 researchers from the faculty of Humanities.
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Events

Prof. Beatrice de Graaf tijdens DRONGO talenfestival 2016. Foto: Henk Rougoor
29 September 2017 10:00 - 30 September 2017 17:00
On 29 and 30 September DRONGO language festival takes place in Utrecht. Many scholars from Utrecht University will offer workshops and live science labs.
Paris, Bibliothèque nationale de France, lat. 8635, 112r.
2 February 2018
For this graduate conference on book history (c. 650-1600) Research Master students and PhD students are welcome to submit paper proposals before 1 September.
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