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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Louis Peter Grijp tijdens een concert in Zwolle op 19 juni 2015. Foto Annemies Tamboer
15 January 2016
Prof. Louis Peter Grijp passed away on January 9 at the age of 61. He was Professor of ‘Dutch song culture: past and present’.
6 January 2016
Subsidies have been awarded to no less than 4 projects: on Europe, early modern language dynamics, medieval science, and emancipation and religion.
Rederijkers - schilder Jan Steen (1626-1679) - Wikimedia Commons
4 December 2015
Katell Lavéant has received a grant for a research seminar in collaboration with the Université de Grenoble.
Winnaar Didi van Trijp, geflankeerd door de aanwezige genomineerden Tamar van der Kuil en Nicole Linkels - foto: vriendenvandewitt.nl/Peter Hilz
30 November 2015
Van Trijp studied notions on the structure of the universe among two Amsterdam chambers of rhetoric in the early 17th century.
Woodcut from a 1720 collection by William Dodd shows both male and female witches flying on broomsticks. Photo: Wellcome Library, London.
20 November 2015
Steije Hofhuis will conduct research into qualitative Darwinism, funded by the Stichting Professor van Winter Fonds.

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