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.

In 2017-2021, a long-term academic research program “The Literary Canon of Modern Lithuania (19th to Early 20th Century)” was implemented by two departments of the institute (Department of Modern literature and Department of Textology).

Some researchers of the Institute keep working on the subject of the (self)formation of Lithuanian literary canon as one of the mechanisms of the self-creation of modern Lithuania cultural identity. By implementing these researches different aspects of national literary canon are 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.

On this website you can find various results of the researches on Lithuanian literary canon, information about the events and other activities that are being organized in relation to the subject of literary canon’s investigations.