The changing roles of literature in a global context
The research group Comparative 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;
- establishes their impact on personal and social identities.