Modern and Contemporary Literature

The research group Modern and Contemporary Literature offers a unique combination of expertise with respect to literature written in the modern and contemporary period. We study the changing forms and functions of literature from the perspective of its interactions with other cultural practices in a changing media landscape. Our approach is transnational and comparative, with a concern both for literatures written in European languages and world literature in translation.

Our research provides a detailed account of how changes in literary forms have related to the exploration of new themes and to changes in society; identifies the stories which we live by in an increasingly globalised and mediatised world; explains how those stories come into being and why some, but not all of them of them move across the borders of media, languages and generations; and establishes their impact on personal and social identities.

Lecture by Prof. Ann Rigney: 'Memories and Monuments'

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24 October 2019
This special issue of the Journal of Perpetrator Research adresses the role of photography in depictions of and by perpetrators of political violence.
The winners of the 2019 OSL Awards are Marieke Winkler and Tom Idema. Source: oslit.nl
21 October 2019
Each year The Netherlands Research School for Literary Studies (OSL) rewards two members with an award for the publication of an excellent book and article.
7 October 2019
This volume explores the challenges and possibilities of research into the European dimensions of popular print culture.
6 June 2019
In June the book 'My Mother's Mother's Mother' will be published by Leiden University Press.

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