unræd Posted July 5, 2015 Share Posted July 5, 2015 I went back and forth about whether or not to post this in the History sub forum, or here--I eventually decided on here, but just by a hair. I really wish I could cross post it, but since I can't, any historians about who'd like to share their thoughts and opinions are very, very welcome! I'll be beginning my PhD program in English and Medieval Studies in the fall, and one of the classes I'm probably going to be taking is a history seminar that's meant to act as a general overview of the historiography of the Middle Ages for history PhD students who have medieval history as one of their exam fields. I'm a bit nervous--let's not say quite "terrified"--about the class, because my historical/historiographical knowledge isn't probably what it really should be, because I've heard about how very hardcore graduate seminars in history are (which also, I should add, makes me very excited to take it!), and also because I'm a bit concerned about differences in methodology. While the nature of my field means I read a fair bit of historical scholarship and some of the papers I've written have been, in some ways, more historical than they were strictly literary, I've never taken an advanced history course and worry a bit about being a fish entirely out of his water. Maybe I'm worried for no good reason; maybe this is just proleptic Impostor Syndrome. Still, a series of questions, in no particular order, for current or past graduate students: What has your experience been taking high level courses outside of your discipline? For people with experience in history and/or lit, what are some differences in methodology or approach I should be cognizant of? Any advice/thoughts/things I should consider doing or keeping in mind? Thanks all in advance! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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