E 379S • Fiction and Medievalism
1:00 PM-2:00 PM
Umberto Eco has said that every generation produces its own version of the Middle Ages. By examining selected works of fiction (and some literary criticism, poetry, visual arts, and film), this course will explore how the category of 'the medieval' has been constructed (and its imagery activated) in post-medieval settings from the so-called Renaissance onwards. Special attention will be paid to Victorian England and the Twentieth Century.
Grading will be determined by performance on two major papers (some outside research expected; substantial revision of draft versions required, as per SWC guidelines) as well as by in-class performance, preparation, discussion, engagement, attendance, reading checks, and peer feedback.
Papers approximately 75%
In-class performance approximately 25%
(subject to change)
Readings to include works by Walter Scott, Mark Twain, Ann Radcliffe, Christina Rossetti, William Morris, Italo Calvino, T.H. White, and Jorge Luis Borges, among others