- Gain familiarity with the theory of discourse and discursive formations in relation to literature and literary theory;|
- Ability to apply theoretical insights critically to particular cases and to formulate questions for research in the field;
- Ability to speak and write, using specialised vocabulary, about literature and literary studies as forms of knowledge production.
This seminar focuses on the comparative study of literature as a site for the production of knowledge and ways of being in the world. How does literature relate to other discourses (e.g. philosophy, anthropology, history) and other forms of knowledge (e.g. in the social and natural sciences)? And what are the tools and concepts available for studying this relationship? Furthermore, this seminar will reflect on literature and literary studies as distinct yet interrelated forms of knowledge production. How have other fields and disciplines looked to literature and literary theory for ways to address conceptual and methodological problems, and how has the study of literature in turn been influenced by these interdisciplinary and interdiscursive encounters? Three fundamental and interrelated questions will guide our inquiry: 1) If literary knowledge is neither empirical nor factual, what kind of knowledge is it? 2) What is truth and how does it relate to fiction? 3) How do different conceptions of truth and knowledge relate to different conceptions of the human? |
This seminar is taught in English and forms a compulsory part of the Research MA Comparative Literary Studies. It is an elective for students in the following Research Master programmes: Gender Studies; Media and Performance; Religious Studies. This seminar is also open to exchange students with a humanities background.|
This course serves as preparation for a PhD program in the Humanities, as well as non-academic careers, by training students in the following transferable skills: critical thinking and writing, discourse analysis, communication and presentation skills, peer-review and advanced language skills.