What is this minor about?
The minor ‘Celtic Literature’ explores the texts that were produced by the early Celtic peoples, as well as interpretations of those texts in later times. You will get an introduction to the languages, cultures and history of the Celtic speaking peoples and will learn to approach Celtic texts chronologically, first studying the earliest Celtic writing, which is found on the Continent, before switching to medieval Irish and Welsh literatures in translation. Finally, you will learn how this literature was interpreted by medieval audiences and how it is reinterpreted by and for modern audiences in literature and film.
The minor in Celtic studies presents you with a general understanding of the field while focusing on Celtic literatures and their influence on / adaptation in later times. The Introduction to Celtic Studies offers a broad overview of the field, drawing on the fields of literature, history, archaeology, and linguistics. Subsequent courses focus on:
- reading and analyzing literature in translation
- anchoring the texts in the period and cultural milieu in which they were composed and / or copied
- exploring how the medieval texts were used, reused, and adapted by later authors for various purposes
The minor Celtic Languages and Culture consists of 4 compulsory courses (30 EC).