The Minor ‘Celtic Literature’ explores the great literatures that were produced in Ireland and Wales during the medieval period. Students are introduced to the languages, cultures and history of the Celtic speaking peoples, then focus on reading and understanding important Irish and Welsh texts in English translation. They 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 students with a general understanding of the field while focusing on medieval Irish and Welsh literature 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: 1) reading and analyzing literature in translation; 2) anchoring the texts in the period and cultural milieu in which they were composed and / or copied; 3) exploring how the medieval texts were used, reused, and adapted by later authors for various purposes.
No previous knowledge of Celtic Studies is required. The courses build on one another so that students not only learn the material relevant to the discipline (i.e. Celtic Studies), but also gradually acquire academic skills such as the ability to write a research paper (in English or Dutch) on the topics learned.