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Text Dive Global


Textuality and Diversity: A Literary History of Europe and its Global Connections, 1545-1661

TextDiveGlobal brings together scholars from around the world to write Europe in the World: A Literary History, 1545–1661 (Oxford University Press), the first literary history of early modern Europe and its global connections. It is a five-year research project, funded by the European Research Council Advanced Grants scheme.

TextDiveGlobal investigates the diversity of texts and forms in regions across Europe and globally connected territories in Asia, Africa and the Americas from the mid-16th to the mid-17th centuries. It brings together scholars interested in new ways of defining and analysing textual objects and corpora, and of telling literary histories of broad, multilingual and interdisciplinary scope. 

The project conceptualises and historicises the ways in which sociocultural diversity and mobility – relative to forms of homogeneity and fixity – shape and are shaped by the textual objects and forms a society produces, circulates, and values.

The project analyses and interprets textual corpora including Mesoamerican codices, Jesuit neo-Latin plays, popular songs, Kongolese documents in Portuguese, Cervantes’ works, examples of live speech from archives, and many others.

Though not centrally concerned with quantitative analysis, it will draw on 'big data' projects and offer online resources to accompany the publication Europe in the World: A Literary History, 1545–1661 (Oxford University Press), which will be fully Open Access.

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We hope the project will be of interest not only to scholars of early modern Europe, but of other global regions and periods. You can request to join the network and receive news of events below. We are still recruiting project members to contribute chapters; you can see our current priorities here.

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This project has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC)
under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme
(grant agreement no. 101021262).


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