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Writing the Mediterranean

Erasmus Intensive Programme 

Malta, 24 March-5 April 2013

General Programme Information:

This credit-bearing programme is the result of a collaboration between 7 European Universities (primarily Malta and Goldsmiths, University of London, which coordinate the organisation and academic programme; and St Andrews, Nova Gorica, Braga, Florence, Cagliari). Students that take the Programme will therefore benefit from the expertise of a range of specialists, coming to the subject from different cultural perspectives and academic approaches. 

Programme Structure:

The Programme consists of lectures in the morning (these will be 45-60 minutes, and will be followed by Question & Answer sessions), and of two seminar strands in the afternoon, running for the two weeks of the Programme: 

  • Seminar A will have a literary-historical dimension, focusing on different periods and on cross-cultural perceptions; 
  • Seminar B focuses more closely on 20th- and 21st-century texts, their interrelations, and the presentation of modernist, colonial and postcolonial regional concerns. 

You will choose one of the two seminar strands. 

An outline of the lecture + seminar programme is being sent to you at the same time as this document. Please communicate your choice of seminar by 1 February 2013 to both Prof. Stella Borg Barthet at the University of Malta and Prof. Lucia Boldrini at Goldsmiths, University of London.

Lectures are given on a range of topics by specialists from the participating institutions. In order to ensure the continuity of the learning experience, each Seminar will be coordinated by one staff from Goldsmiths’ English & Comparative Literature Department: 

  • Dr Isabel Hurst coordinates Seminar A
  • Prof. Lucia Boldrini coordinates Seminar B

Dr Hurst and Prof Boldrini will be present for the duration of the programme, for their respective seminars. 

Reading and preparation:

Upon choosing your seminar strand (A or B), you will be sent a reading list, indicating required reading, recommended reading, and critical reading:

  • Required reading is what you must read in advance of the beginning of the Programme, and be prepared to discuss in your chosen seminar strand.
  • Recommended Reading includes the texts that lecturers will refer to in their lectures; you should read as much of this material as you can, in advance of the beginning of the Programme, so that you can participate meaningfully in the Q&A sessions that follow the lectures; and so that you can take full advantage of the lectures, better understanding their relevance to the subject studied over the entire Programme. 
  • Critical reading can be read as additional support for topics that you are interested in pursuing in more depth, and will be especially useful for the essay that you may need to write in order to obtain the credits allocated to the Programme by your institution.

As much as possible of the material studied (whether as required or recommended reading) will be provided as PDF files or with links to online versions; however, books that are still in copyright and must be read in their entirety cannot be provided in this form, and you should obtain your own copies.

Learning Outcomes: 

By the end of the course you should:

  • Have achieved in-depth knowledge of a range of texts from the Mediterranean region, and/or representing the Mediterranean from other perspectives.
  • Have acquired critically informed knowledge of differences between periods and/or areas of this literature, and/or of the continuity or discontinuities in the representations of the region.
  • Be able to identify the influences between the texts studied, or how they converge or diverge in their literary construction of (an area of) Mediterranean culture, history, ethnicities, or geography.
  • Have acquired an advanced sense of how the texts studied represent or reflect cultural encounters, clashes or exchanges in the literature of the region or of the region’s representations 
  • Be able to produce advanced textual / critical commentary upon selected texts from the literature studied

Who to contact in case of questions:

  • For questions about practical arrangements: Prof. Stella Borg Barthet
  • For questions about the overall academic programme: Prof. Lucia Boldrini 
  • If your question concerns Seminar A in particular: Dr Isobel Hurst
  • If the question concerns Seminar B in particular: Prof. Lucia Boldrini
  • If your question is about credits, and about registering at the University of Malta for the postgraduate ENG5024 Directed Studies 'Writing the Mediterranean' and the transfer of credits to your home university: please consult Prof. Stella Borg Barthet (NB: Goldsmiths students do NOT need to register at the University of Malta as this is an official Goldsmiths course too) 


Please communicate your choice of seminar by 1 February 2013 to both Prof. Stella Borg Barthet at the University of Malta and Prof. Lucia Boldrini at Goldsmiths, University of London.

Last Updated: 29 January 2013

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