The Institute of Lithuanian Literature and Folklore is a state research institute which implements long-term academic research programs in the fields of old Lithuanian literature, folklore, mythology, modern literature and contemporary writing.

Two departments of the institute (Department of Modern literature and Department of Textology) are working on a long-term academic research program “The Literary Canon of Modern Lithuania (19th to Early 20th Century)”. The program will be implemented in 2017-2021 and it aims to research on the formation and establishing of the Lithuanian literary canon. On this website you can find various results of the research, information about the events and other activities that are being organized within the framework of the research program.

“The Literary Canon of Modern Lithuania” is a continuation of the long-term academic research program “Maironis and His Epoch: Changes in the Literary Canon”, which was implemented by the Institute of Lithuanian Literature and Folklore in 2012-2016. The current research program widens the research object by including the issues of the modern literary canon and its’ history.

With the focus on the celebration of the Centennial of Lithuania’s Restoration, the researchers seek to present the (self)formation of the literary canon as one of the mechanisms of the self-creation of modern Lithuania cultural identity. By implementing this research program different aspects of national literary canon will be investigated: its formation, institutionalizing and dynamics, i.e. how was the literary national canon established and embedded through education, scientific and critical reflections, book publishing and other practices, and how does it correlate with the national identity and historical memory of that time.

The aims of the program:

  • to research comprehensively the (self)formation of the national Lithuanian literary canon at late 19th and early 20th century;
  • to analyze different practices of canonization (educational institutions, literary criticism, book publishing, memorialization, commemorations, etc.);
  • to research on the contra-canonical initiatives and alternatives, representation of various ethnical, social groups and genders in the national literary canon;
  • to edit and publish the fundamental sources and complete works that were written on the first part of the 20th century;
  • to present and diffuse the results of the research on the formation, development and institutionalization of the literary canon.

Researchers working in the program: