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

28 September 2018
In July 2018 a special issue of journal 'Memory Studies' has been published, edited by Prof Astrid Erll and Prof Ann Rigney.
10 September 2018
Kiene Brillenburg Wurth, Karí Driscoll and Jessica Pressman edited the volume 'Book Presence in a Digital Age'.
6 September 2018
Prof. dr. Kiene Brillenburg Wurth is guest editor of a special issue for the journal 'Comparative Literature', which launched on September 1.
15 June 2018
Special Issue of PhiloSOPHIA: A Journal of Continental Feminism 8.1 (2018), edited by Birgit Kaiser and Kathrin Thiele.

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Events

20 November 2018 15:00 - 17:00
On Tuesday 20 November, dr. Tom Idema will present his paper titled ‘Stages of Transmutation: Science Fiction, Biology, and Environmental Posthumanism’.
Finse kinderen aan boord van de Acturus, op weg naar Zweden, juni 1941. Bron: Wikimedia
26 November 2018 17:00 - 19:00
On 26 November Utrecht Forum for Memory Studies organizes a seminar with Hanna-Leena Nissilä on forced migration in Finland.
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28 November 2018 16:30 - 18:00
Centre for the Humenities Visiting Fellow Rosanne Kennedy will be giving a public lecture.
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