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Modern Medievalism: Dialogues with Romance

Faculté de gestion: Faculté des lettres

Responsable(s): Lucy Perry
Intervenant(s): -

Période de validité: 2016 -> 2016

Pas d'horaire défini.


Semestre d'automne
2 heures par semaine
28 heures par semestre

Langue(s) d'enseignement: anglais
Public: Oui
Crédits: 0


In this course we will engage with the recent critical framework around modern medievalism in order to analyze the various manifestations of the medieval in post-medieval literature, art and culture, focusing on the medieval genre of Romance. Texts to be studied include extracts from Spenser's The Faerie Queene, works of the romantic and Victorian poets, e.g. Keats and Tennyson, twentieth-century adaptions of Arthurian romance, such as T. H. White's The Once and Future King, as well as fantasy novels that mine the store of medieval language, themes, and motifs to create original plots and characters, e.g. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings. There will also be the opportunity to enquire into the medievalism of the nineteenth-century artistic movement the pre-Raphaelites, as well as the renewed enthusiasm for all things medieval in contemporary culture.


Students will be assessed by means of active participation, a short research presentation and the submission of an essay (presentation and essay can, in principle, address the same topic).

Individual students or groups will be asked to chose particular themes, and will be expected to provide a substantial presentation on contextual material relevant to the work for the benefit of other students, and will also have to propose a series of short extracts for detailed in-class analysis (close reading) and discussion. Presentations will involve preparation of a handout with an annotated bibliography on the specific subject, for the use of your fellow students. Since this involves quite a bit of work, in principle the presentation is intended as a 'springboard' for your essay, which will develop the same ideas after they have been presented to the class and discussed - this will allow you to integrate feedback and to nuance and consolidate your earlier observations.

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