A literature archive has a comprehensive, multidimensional, and multifaceted understanding of literature and documents it accordingly. It records the literary texts themselves and their creation, whether at the writer’s desk or in dialogue with friends, editors, and publishers; it deals with the perception of literature by its readers, including the authors themselves, and it records the productive adaptation of literature by authors, as well as by composers, singers, or visual artists. Thus, an archive also records literary cycles, literary circulations: in other words, processes that are potentially infinite.
The necessary complement to this multidimensional and multifaceted concept of literature in the archive is a research programme that is multidimensional and multifaceted. This research should be methodologically informed by both established and cutting edge, specialist and interdisciplinary approaches, and at the same time it should push the boundaries of these approaches, examining them against the evidence of the archival materials. While research cannot attempt to engage with all aspects of literature simultaneously, it can and should take its complexity into account. In 2023, the DLA aims to further expand its four major, established research areas and complement this programme with a fifth research area, which was developed last year: