Literatuurgeschiedschrijving én empirische literatuurwetenschap? Een voorbeeld van onderzoek



The empirical study of literature might be tolerated as a discipline, within
literary studies it remains an unknown, peripheral possibility, that has to deal
with a lot of scepticism and ignorance. Often it is associated with sheer quantitative
research, only focusing, moreover, on the contemporary. In this article
I try to show that the empirical approach also can be applied for the study of
literary history, with attention paid to qualitative aspects. I demonstrate this
by means of empirical research I have done into the Swedish first time poets
of the 1970s. I point out that the empirical study of literature is conceived of
as a methodology that is applied within a specific theoretical framework, the
systemic study of literature.