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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4 September 2014
In this book, the authors demonstrate how religious communities mistrusted each other, while also borrowing each other’s imageries and texts.
7 February 2014
Researchers from the Department of Economic and Social History of Utrecht University have digitalised the Amsterdam premarriage records (1581-1811).
Luther's annotated Bible
30 January 2014
As a part of the project Annotated Books Online, Arnoud Visser has made Luther's annotated bible digitally available.
Communicating Observations. Redactie: Dirk van Miert
13 January 2014
The case studies in this volume juxtapose instances of knowledge exchange across a variety of fields usually studied in isolation.
Pedlars and the Popular Press - Jeroen Salman
6 November 2013
This book offers a new perspective on the role of the pedlars as an intermediary between established booksellers and a socially diverse reading public.

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