Instructors: Floris Bernard, Agnes Drosztmer, David Falvay, Tamas Kiss, Zsuzsanna Reed, Orsolya Rethelyi, Levente Selaf
Course level: MA, PhD; 1 credit
Office hours: by appointment
This is the first part of a two-term literary course (1+2 credits), which is designed to provide a survey of theoretical approaches to medieval literatures through personal exploration, discussion and research practice. It aims to provide students with a hands-on experience of literary theory and its applications to specific texts.
This is an non-traditional course with a focus on individual development, introspection and discovery as well as a pragmatic approach to research, teaching, learning, and everything in between.
The collective expertise of the teaching team extends over an exceptionally wide range of genres, periods, languages and geographical areas, which would be impossible to cover within the framework of a traditional course. Ranging from Byzantine satire to Middle Dutch drama and early modern letter writing, students will have the opportunity to explore general methodological questions, history of scholarship, diachronic developments (literary traditions and genres) and synchronic influences (sociological contexts) under the expert guidance of specialists.
Course structure and formats
In the Fall Term, the course is set up on the basis of a mentor scheme. At the beginning of the term, one plenary session will take place. Students have the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the teaching team and pick the mentors whose field and/or research profile they feel is closest to their own interest.
Throughout the term, they will regularly meet with their mentors in a 1-to-1 setting or in small groups. The mentor will assist in familiarizing the students with broader issues relating to literary and textual methodology. Students will be required to read a selection of primary and secondary readings and reflect on them through short written assignments, inspired by questions given to them by the mentor. Student assignments are public and form the basis of the research blog managed by a dedicated content co-ordinator.
Attendance at the plenary and individual work with the chosen mentors are mandatory.
The course continues with a two-credit course in the Winter Term with a more traditional teaching framework consisting of 6 lectures delivered by the teaching team (mentors) and 6 seminars co-taught by individual mentors and their students. Completing Part 1 in the Fall Term is a prerequisite of Winter Term enrolment in Part 2.
The course constitutes part of the “Methodologies and Medieval Literatures: Integrated Research-Based Learning and Teaching Program” co-ordinated by the Department of Medieval Studies and is supported by the CEU Teaching Development Grant.