139.Groundwork for Modern English Literature

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In the previous team’s activities, various lesser-known pieces of 17th century English poetry were selected and carefully analyzed, with a focus on their cultural significance and on aspects of the preromantic tradition. Building on the results of that work, our new team aims to continue and further develop the line of study. First, we will expand the range of works for analysis to include: (1) genres dealing not only with poems but also plays, novels and criticism, and (2) periods covering the 17th century to the early 20th century. At the same time, we try to deepen our understanding of the basis from which what is now commonly called “modern” was generated and formed, not through abstract ideation but through close analysis of individual texts.