Early Modern Literature

Research and education at Utrecht University in the field of early modern literature is organised within the Utrecht Centre for Early Modern Studies (UCEMS), where literary historians work together with historians, art historians, musicologists and linguists.

The study of early modern literary culture focuses on literary texts written in a wide range of languages. Utrecht University houses literary historians of early modern Latin, Dutch, English, French, German, Irish, Italian, Latin, Welsh, and comparative literature.

Their work reflects a special attention for the sources (digitalisation and printed books) and the cultural context of the early modern circulation of texts. The Utrecht scholars of early modern literary cultures also engage with the present-day audience, providing opportunities to understand the impact of key texts of the early modern culture within the European context of the building of storehouses of knowledge, civic education and institutional development. This focus fits in with Utrecht University's strategic research theme Institutions for Open Societies.

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5 April 2019
In January 'BRILL' published 'The Idea of Beauty in Italian Literature and Language', a book by Harald Hendrix , Philiep Bossier and Claudio Di Felice.
15 March 2019
Three alumni talk about different Dutch seventeenth-century paintings in the digital tour of the exhibition 'In Praise of Painting'.
Malvolio and the Countess (Twelfth Night, or What You Will by Shakespeare) by Caniel Maclise (1806-1870). Bron: Wikimedia
8 March 2019
The new international academic programme NEW FACES asks the question what we can learn from Shakespeare’s world about the current crisis in Europe.
Handgekleurde 'zodiakman' (detail) in Der scaepherders kalengier (1516), Library of Congress, Rare Book and Special Collections Division
4 March 2019
Andrea van Leerdam has been awarded two American research fellowships.
17 January 2019
This month 'Religious Conversion in Early Modern English Drama', a book by Lieke Stelling, has been published by Cambridge University Press.

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Prof. dr. Els Stronks
Prof. Els Stronks delivering a lecture at the National Library of the Netherlands, The Hague