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prof. S.I. Sobecki

Professor of Medieval English Literature and Culture; Professor of Old Germanic (by courtesy)

Overview

Sebastian Sobecki has taught widely across the period 800-1550, and he welcomes enquiries about doctoral projects that fall into his areas of research. Fee waivers for external PhD candidates are available (residence in Groningen does not have to be taken up).

He supervised three of our MA students (Floor Kuiper, Hiske Feenstra, and Nadine Kuipers) for their Skelton Project as part of a tutorial for Groningen's Classical, Medieval, and Early Modern Studies (CMEMS) Research MA. Their recording of John Skelton's poem Speke, Parott!' collected over 1 million views on YouTube, breaking records on Reddit and receiving praise from Stephen Fry and coverage from the BBC, The Independent, and Dutch pressTV, and radio

Our students contribute to the public visibility of medieval studies. Sarah Laseke, a former student at the Department, set up the International Hug-a-Medievalist Day, which has been covered by the New Yorker magazine.

Many of our medievalist students go on to pursue graduate degrees either in our Department or in leading PhD and MA programes in medieval English literature, including Penn, Cornell, York, Oxford, and Cambridge.

Recent and current PhD students

  • Aline Douma, 'Politics and Propaganda in the Poetry of George Ashby and His Contemporaries'
  • Dannielle Shaw, 'Itinerants and Intelligencers in Early Modern England' (co-supervised with Dr John Flood)
  • Nadine Kuipers, 'Medieval English Husbandry Books' (co-supervised with Dr Kees Dekker)
  • Rory Critten, ‘The Uses of Self-Publication in Late Medieval England’ 

Courses

2018/19

2018/19

  • Chaucer
  • King Arthur, Romance, and Empire
  • Literature and Rebellion 1381-1539
  • Ba Thesis English (Older English Lit.)

2017/18

  • Chaucer
  • King Arthur, Romance, and Empire
  • Kings in the North
  • Literature and Rebellion 1381-1539
  • Saints and Sinners in Medieval England

2016/17

  • Chaucer
  • King Arthur, Romance, and Empire
  • The Digital Text: Book Past and Future

2015/16

  • Ba Thesis English (Older English Lit.)
  • King Arthur, Romance, and Empire
  • Saints and Sinners in Medieval England
  • Special Topic: Medieval Literature&Cult.
  • Survey I: Engl. Literature before 1550
  • The Digital Text: Book Past and Future

2014/15

  • Ba Thesis English (Older English Lit.)
  • King Arthur, Romance, and Empire
  • Master's Thesis English
  • Special Topic: Medieval Literature&Cult.
  • Survey I: Engl. Literature before 1550
  • The Premodern City: London & Writers

2013/14

  • King Arthur, Romance, and Empire
  • Master's Thesis English
  • Special Topic: Medieval Literature&Cult.
  • Survey I: Engl. Literature before 1550
  • The Premodern City: London & Writers
  • WEM 3: From Manuscript to Printed Book

2012/13

  • Adulterous 'Idols' in Medieval Romance
  • Approaches
  • Ba Thesis English and Seminar Old Engl.
  • Before America: Travel and Geography
  • Introduction to Premodern Literature
  • Master's Thesis English
  • The Premodern City: London & Writers

2011/12

  • Adulterous 'Idols' in Medieval Romance
  • Ba Thesis English and Seminar Old Engl.
  • Introduction to Premodern Literature
  • Prison and Exile

2010/11

  • Chaucer: The 'Canterbury Tales' Complete
  • Prestige and Patronage
  • Saints and Sinners in Medieval England
  • Taboos in Medieval England and Ireland
  • The Heroes of Romance
  • Visions of the Orient

2009/10

  • Chaucer: The 'Canterbury Tales' Complete
  • English Literary Texts in Context

MA theses supervised

2018 Aline Douma, ‘The War of the Words: Political Discourse during the Wars of the Roses in the Manuscript Context of British Library Royal MS 17 D.XV’

2018 Rhea Holleman, ‘Williman Caxton and Ideas of Collective Identity’

2017 Adam Hrapko, ‘Random Ads of Poetry: A New Content-Filter Browser Extension’

2015  Thari Zweers, ‘Gower’s Mirour de l’Omme and French Literary Traditions’ (co-supervised with R.F. Yeager)

2015  Kathrin Varbelow, ‘Cover Design and Marketing Fiction in E-Book Format’

2015  Corena van Leuveren, ‘Political Writing in the Fifteenth Century’

2014  Liesbeth de Vries, ‘Covering Arthurian Novels: Cover Design as an Integral Part of Book Marketing’

2014  Dorian Smilda, ‘Lincoln’s Inn Library Hale MS 150’

2013  Kate Ridley, ‘Negotiating Urban Spaces: London’s City Walkers, c. 1400-1666’

2013  Astrid van der Werf, ‘A Semi-Diplomatic Edition of Jane Anger Her Protection for Women

2013  Heleen Kappen ‘”Sche was but a woman”: Margaret Paston’s Female Rhetoric and Letters of Good Conduct’

2013  Nadine Lammers, ‘Cutting through the Wilderness: Forest Settings in Sir OrfeoYwain and Gawain, and The Weddynge of Sir Gawain and Dame Ragnelle

2012  Baukje Wijma, ‘“Witnesse upon the wilde infirmite wiche that I hadde”: Thomas Hoccleve and His Creation of a Mad Narrator’

2012  Paulo de Tiege, ‘Fantasy Fiction Medievalism: Carnivalesque Laughter between the (Post)Modern and Premodern’ (co-supervisor: Alicia Montoya)

2011  Kassandra Kelder, ‘The Representation of Turks in Late-Medieval and Early Modern Europe’

2011  Anneke Middelveld, ‘Melancholy in Chaucer’s “Knight’s Tale” and The Book of the Duchess

2011  Annelien Ramakers, ‘Before and after Nation States: Premodern Maps and the European Union Policy of Regionalism’, 2011-12 (co-supervisor: Lars Klein, Göttingen)

2010  Ray Tromp, ‘A Dark Knight: Frank Miller’s Batman and Reaganite America'

Last modified:12 June 2019 6.05 p.m.

Contact information

Oude Kijk in 't Jatstraat 26
9712 EK Groningen
The Netherlands

Prof. Sebastian Sobecki Department of English Language and Culture

Room:
1315.0253
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