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stijnpraet

Stijn Praet

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Arbetar vid Romanska och klassiska institutionen
E-post stijn.praet@su.se
Besöksadress Universitetsvägen 10 B, plan 4 och 5 samt 10 C plan 5
Rum B 467
Postadress Romanska och klassiska institutionen 106 91 Stockholm

Undervisning

 

Latin II - Efterantik poesi och prosa (a.k.a. Latin Literature in the Middle Ages: Classicism and Modernism)

This course offers a broad survey of Latin literature as it took shape during the medieval period. In doing so, it will zero in on a representative selection of prose and poetry from various periods, regions and genres, which will be discussed within its proper literary-historical contexts and as part of a millennia-long tradition characterised by both classicist and modernist tendencies. In the end, the students will have acquired a working knowledge of medieval Latin literature’s historical development and internal variety - undermining the stubborn popular myth that would characterize this literature as linguistically, aesthetically and intellectually bankrupt.

Latin III - Guldålderns prosa (a.k.a. Golden Age Prose: Portraits)

This course opens with a consideration of the historical concept and variety of Antique Latin prose, touching on authors such as Varro, Cornelius Nepos, Sallustius, Livius, Hyginus and Vitruvius. It then hones in on a selection of texts by two of the period’s most illustrious prose authors: on the one hand, Caesar’s Commentarii de bello civili, on the other, Cicero’s Pro Caelio and letters to friends. The central aim here is to render students more sensitive to these authors’ technical craftsmanship as quintessential political storytellers – colloquialism to character assassination. The course closes with a discussion of Cicero’s Nachleben as a larger-than-life icon.

Latin avancerad nivå - Efterantika texter (a.k.a. Vergil and Ovid After Antiquity)

Den latinska litteraturen kan i många avseenden sägas vara en intertextuell litteratur där författarna ständigt hade att förhålla sig till den tidigare traditionen. Den här kursen behandlar reception av Vergilius och Ovidius utifrån läsning av efterantika, medeltida och tidigmoderna verk. Utifrån frågeställningar kring reception och intertextualitet kommer vi att undersöka hur läsare och författare tagit emot, tolkat och omtolkat sina klassiska företrädare. Som jämförelsematerial kommer i viss mån även samtida folkspråklig litteratur behandlas. Kursen är utformad som en läsgrupp, där lärarna ansvarar för formen och för allmänna introduktioner och guidning genom litteraturen men där samtliga deltagare bidrar till seminarierna genom att presentera författare och verk, eller förbereda kommentarer kring de olika texternas form och funktion. Dessa uppgifter kommer att fördelas av lärarna under kursens gång. Dessa uppgifter är inte examinatoriska. Kursen syftar i stort till att öka deltagarnas medvetenhet och förståelse för en intertextuell litterär kultur. 

Latin: Methods in Philology

Module on the history of the relations between psychoanalysis and classical literature, also in light of broader shifts in textual hermeneutics throughout the twentieth century. The focus will be on the work of Sigmund Freud and Jacques Lacan. 

Forskning

 

Current research

My ongoing research project at Stockholms universitet pertains to questions of narrative framing and other forms of multi-narrative organisation in High Medieval Latin tale compilations: how are these compilations organised and to what avail? How does this phenomenon in Latin literature relate to other literary traditions and corpora (Classical, medieval vernacular, Oriental)? Why does narrative framing in the medieval Latin tradition appear to lose some of its prevalence as we near the Late Middle Ages? Texts of interest include Petrus Alfonsi’s Disciplina clericalis, Alta Silva’s Dolopathos, the Historia septem sapientum, Walter Map’s De nugis curialium and Caesarius of Heisterbach’s Dialogus miraculorum.

Previous research

In my doctoral dissertation Fairy Tales and The Latin Tradition: A Literary-Contextualising Approached (Ghent University, defended September 2014), I situate a number of medieval (and classical) Latin texts within their literary contexts of origin, Latin as well as vernacular, before also determining their role in the broader fairy-tale tradition as it developed in European literatures from Early Modernity onwards. Its central text corpus includes Apuleius’s tale of Cupid and Psyche, John of Alta Silva’s framed exampla-collection Dolopathos, the mock-epic Asinarius, and a selection of stories from the Gesta Romanorum. This dissertation is currently being reworked into a monograph for Wayne State University Press’s Series in Fairy Tale Studies. My annotated Dutch verse translation of the Asinarius is to appear in 2017.  

General research interests

Medieval literatures, the Latin tradition, narrative framing, fairy tales, Arthuriana, fictionality, the marvellous, intertextuality and rewriting, literary self-consciousness, (early) modern reception of the classical and medieval, …

 

 

Senast uppdaterad: 17 maj 2017

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