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Literary Studies

Literary studies

This research programme studies literature in its historical, cultural and social contexts.

About the programme

The study of literature is an old scholarly tradition which is currently pursuing new paths of exploration. The global changes of our time make us ask new questions about our communities and about our place in nature as humans – and literature helps to shape and understand these questions.

Indeed, literature itself is also changing: new literary genres, media and connections are starting to appear, while digital archives of text and analytical tools challenge the limits of the methods and field involved in the study of literature. The Literary Studies research programme examines these and many other developments in a scholarly community transcending the conventional distinctions that are drawn between academic subjects and disciplines.

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See list of current research projects connected to the programme

 

 

Upcoming events

Wed 19 May
15:00-16:30 | Zoom
Online paneldebat om og med Toril Moi
Den såkaldte postkritik har åbnet for en fornyet diskussion af, hvad læsning er, og i den forbindelse stillet sig kritisk over for mistankens hermeneutik og dens angivelige dominans i vor tids litteraturvidenskab. Litteraturprogrammet på Aarhus Universitet inviterer til paneldebat om disse og relaterede spørgsmål, sådan som de rejses og diskuteres i Toril Mois seneste bog The Revolution of the Ordinary. Literary Studies After Wittgenstein, Austin, and Cavell (2017). Vi har indbudt Moi selv til at rede trådende ud, men fremfor den traditionelle zoom-forelæsnings envejstale vil udredningen ske i kritisk dialog med en stribe paneldeltagere, der hver vil holde korte oplæg om Mois bog. Vi håber på den måde at kunne skabe et levende og nuanceret forum for diskussionen af de litteraturvidenskabelige metoders tilstand.