The Centre for the History of European Discourses was incorporated in the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities in August 2015.

The information in this website is therefore out of date but retained for archival and staff purposes.

This ARC-funded project uses a new model of European secularization to develop a revisionary account of British literary history in the 17th and 18th centuries. By focusing on the writing that emerged from three movements—neostoicism, sentimentalism and evangelicalism—it shows that literature in the period did not conform to a narrative of triumphant secularization. Rather, literary writing knew no secular/religious divide. From this perspective, important genres in literary history—the essay, novel and meditative poetry—also acquire new contexts and meanings. Analyzing literature from this perspective also allows us to develop a clearer understanding of secularization and its limits as a broad social and cultural process.

Chief Investigators

  • Professor Simon During, Centre for the History of European Discourse, University of Queensland
  • Dr Lisa O'Connell, School of English, Media Studies and Art History, University of Queensland
  • Dr Alison Scott, School of English, Media Studies and Art History, University of Queensland

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