soren hammerschmidt’s new course blog on 18th century media

I’m posting this link to Soren Hammerschmidt‘s new course blog, Eighteenth-Century Media, because I’m always interested in ways that we can make our research and teaching in eighteenth-century topics more public. This seems like an interesting approach, with blog visitors able to observe the conversations going on in the class, and follow along with the syllabus and readings, if they liked.

Here is Soren’s description of the blog and the course it emerged from:

This blog represents the public face of an MA seminar on eighteenth-century British literature and other media forms, at Ghent University in Belgium. On this blog we want to show how fascinating the media landscapes of eighteenth-century Britain were and still are, how forms of media like song, writing, painting, gardening, or stage performance interacted and intermixed with each other in that period, and what connections we can draw between the situation in the eighteenth century and our own vibrant media landscapes. You will also find the official course description, reading schedule, and links to the course materials (some of which require certain sorts of access rights) on these pages, so feel free to browse around and read and look with us. We hope you enjoy it!

So what do readers of the Long 18th think about this experiment as pedagogy?  And how might conceptualizing this period’s writing as a part of a vivid, mixed media “landscape” alter our sense of their impact?


2 responses to “soren hammerschmidt’s new course blog on 18th century media

  1. I’m glad to see so many of the sources are open-access, so anyone can participate. And I hope they do! It’d be great to see some C18 scholars, globally, ‘helping out’ with the class and jumping in discussions. Since I’m looking at satiric illustrations of Pope at the moment, I’m especially interested to see how things pan out!

  2. It looks interesting to me, and very timely. I wonder whether people will just wander by, and whether or not Soren will want them to comment or not, but I think it’s a good idea. One way to manage this would be to have a moment in the semester when an “outside” scholar could comment on proceedings. That would make the interaction more predictable, and give a students a better sense of the authentic interactions of more senior scholars in discussion.