One recent answer how to understand what literature is and means and can achieve, on the one hand, and how it can interrelate with other disciplines, on the other hand, has been to compare and combine its study with that of other disciplines. A host of such connections has evolved, from literature and history to philosophy and literature, law and literature, or literature and medicine. Sometimes the first initiative for such interdisicplinary ventures has come from outside of literary studies, sometimes it was initiated by literary scholars, sometimes it happened from both ends. This seminar is concerned with exploring such 'literature and ...' -connections with an aim to find out what the respective disciplines can bring to literary studies and which aspects of literary studies seem particularly interesting to others.
Students looking for perparatory reading to the seminar might wish to consult general surveys of literary theory and philosophy, such as Jonathan Culler, Literary Theory. A Very Short Introduction (Oxford: OUP, 2nd ed., 2011) or Peter Lamarque, The Philosophy of Literature (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, rev. ed. 2008).