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'

News

15 June 2018
Special Issue of PhiloSOPHIA: A Journal of Continental Feminism 8.1 (2018), edited by Birgit Kaiser and Kathrin Thiele.
31 May 2018
The Media and Austerity examines the role of the news media in communicating and critiquing economic and social austerity measures in Europe since 2010.
31 May 2018
How the media has been complicit in sustaining free market capitalism.
Neil ten Kortenaar
25 May 2018
Professor Neil ten Kortenaar, University of Toronto, will be a KNAW Visiting Professor attached to the Comparative Literature section in 2018-2019.

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