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.


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.
Satirae Juvenal Georgius Wolff; Thielman Kerver; Jehan Petit Paris Latin Estiene Gaucellet Universiteit van Amsterdam
23 October 2015
The project 'Annotating History' will develop a tool which enables users to enrich digital heritage with new knowledge.
Multilingualism in the Drama of Shakespeare and his Contemporaries
13 September 2015
Shakespeare's 'Englishness' as seen from a broader international and multilingual perspective.
Photo: esciencecenter.nl
7 May 2015
The NLeSC has granted a funding to "Mining Shifting Concepts through Time (ShiCo): Word Vector Text Mining Change and Continuity in Conceptual History".
Coping with Crisis - Daniel R. Curtis (2014)
6 October 2014
Why were some settlements resilient and stable while other settlements were vulnerable to crisis, in the pre-industrial period?


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