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New Paths to the Past. Literary Cultural Heritage as Source Material for the Humanities and Social Sciences

Research project
Active research
Project size
10,5 MKR
Project period
2020 - 2022
Project owner
The Swedish Literature Bank and the Centre for Digital Humanities

Short description

Literature is a unique historical source: it treats and problematizes societal and individual issues through the stagings of the imagination. It thus constitutes a seminal source material relevant not only to literary and linguistic researchers, but also for many other fields of the Humanities and Social Sciences. For its true potential to be realized, this material needs to be digitized and made available for exploration with advanced tools. Internationally, this potential is actively explored.

This project will provide researchers access to a large set of materials, by digitizing the Swedish literary works that were published separately during the entire 19th century. This is a century of intense cultural and societal change, and the digitized corpus constitutes a remarkable foundation for the analysis of change and development in a wide number of areas.