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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15 July 2016
This grant enables the young researchers to work on a project of their own for three years.
3 June 2016
Exceptional success for Utrecht University: all five Utrecht candidates have been awarded a PhD position.
10 May 2016
This volume studies the process of group formation through the production and appropriation of songs in various European regions.
prof. dr. Karl Kügle
24 March 2016
A European consortium of music scholars has been awarded a prestigious HERA subsidy for the project 'SoundMe'.
Judith Leyster, Zelfportret achter ezel, ca. 1633. Bron: Wikimedia Commons
12 February 2016
NWO awards 3.6 million euros to the project ‘Golden Agents: Creative Industries and the Making of the Dutch Golden Age’.

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