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ENGL 122 C - Middle Ages in Popular Culture

Campus: Urbana-Champaign


Explores the use of medievalism in contemporary popular culture. Instructors may draw from film, television, music, fiction, graphic novels, gaming, and other sources, and they approach the material from a variety of cultural, historical, and aesthetic traditions. The goal of the course will be to understand how the medieval periods of world cultures have been reinvented in modern times, and how modernity has been constructed in relation and in opposition to the medieval imaginary. Course Information: Same as MDVL 122.

Special Instructions:

Many of us first encounter the Middle Ages through film: from Robin Hood to Tristan and Isolde, The Lion in Winter to Game of Thrones, movies about the Middle Ages enchant and excite us. In this course, we will survey a wide range of films about the Middle Ages, placing them in conversation with medieval source material, historical contexts, and contemporary political issues. Why does Games of Thrones appeal to such a wide audience- What makes the legends of Robin Hood and King Arthur so enduring across historical periods and narrative formats- How does experiencing these stories through film differ from experiencing them through poems, plays, or novels-

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Number of Required Visit(s): 0

Course Level: Undergraduate

Credit: 0

Term(s): Fall

Option 2

Number of Required Visit(s): 0

Course Level: Undergraduate

Credit: 3

Term(s): Fall


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