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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3 February 2017
This book, edited by Marie-Christine Kok Escalle, offers an interdisciplinary interpretation of the functions of multilingualism in identitybuilding.
20 January 2017
Els Stronks and colleagues used stylometry, a relatively new methodology in the digital humanities to study the authorship of the Dutch anthem.
5 December 2016
Thijs Weststeijn, Eric Jorink and Frits Scholten pioneer in applying global art history to the Low Countries in 'Netherlandish Art in its Global Context'.
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9 September 2016
Faculty of Humanities organises Digital Humanities Benelux conference (2017) and the conference of the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organisations (2019).
26 July 2016
Bart Besamusca and Hugo Quené are appointed as of 1 August 2016, Thijs Weststeijn as of 1 October.

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