MDRN is a KU Leuven research lab that studies a uniquely varied period in literary history: the (long) first half of the 20th century. MDRN looks at the many ways in which modernist literature between 1900-1950 was defined and legitimized in each of the main Western European traditions (English, French, German, Italian, Spanish and Dutch) and focuses on literature's multiple functions, histories and mediatizations.
MDRN has a double aim: to further our understanding of literature in the modernist period, and, more generally, to develop a multidimensional and functionalist approach to change in modern Western European literature.
MDRN is supervised by five KU Leuven experts and its work is supported by a variety of funding bodies. This website reports on the MDRN team's research output and actions.