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Literary Studies in the Department of English, Faculty of Arts

Studying the language in which we live—and its uses, from poetry to politics to the hidden metaphors of everyday life—offers a strong centre from which to explore the world within and beyond the university. Students in this program have opportunities for creativity and intellectual challenge, through broad and intensive reading, through writing, and through discussion with professors and fellow students. This is a program for students who cannot be satisfied by textbook learning: it demands, develops, and rewards intellectual curiosity, articulate speech and writing, and critical thinking. 


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Date & Time:
April 6, 2017 | 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

The creation of the early modern university library was a purely ideological enterprise. A good manifestation of this pragmatic attitude towards books is found in the response to the famous “literary” booty taken by Sweden in the many wars it waged during the 17th century. The Swedish king Gustavus Adolphus saw to it that these new acquisitions immediately became part of Uppsala University Library. The talk will discuss two neo-Latin poems that through their descriptions of Uppsala University Library and its collections support Gustavus Adolphus’ ideological program.