From Charlemagne to Game of Thrones: The Middle Ages Then and Now
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- 27 Jul 2020
This research-intensive university in north-western Sydney offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. With over 30,000 current students, Macquarie has a strong reputation for welcoming international students and embracing flexible and convenient study options, including its partnership with Open Universities Australia.
At the completion of this subject students will be able to:
- Identify and define medieval archetypes, such as the Knight, the Lady, and, the Cleric
- Locate and explain varying instances of medievalism over time, from the early-modern period to the current day
- Develop a critical appreciation of the ideological implications of periodization, particularly as pertaining to the terms medieval and modern
- Engage with and interpret difference genres of medievalism, particularly quest narratives, chivalric romance, and, farce. Students will consider the implications of racial medievalist imaginaries, particularly as related to current politics
- Week 1: What and where are the Middle Ages Now - an Introduction to Medievalism
- Week 2: Fantasy and Game of Thrones - who's Middle Ages?
- Week 3: Tolkien, World Building and Race
- Week 4: Joan of Arc - French Nationaism and Feminism
- Week 5: Harry Potter and Childhood - medievalising magic
- Week 6: Arthurian Humor - The Pythons
- Week 7: Reading Week
- Week 8: Robin Hood, the Forest, and the Freedom
- Week 9: Maid Marian - Sequins and Swords
- Week 10: Chivalry, Knights and Masculinity
- Weeks 11 and 12: Student Presentations (to be submitted online by OUA students)
- Week 13: Revision
No eligibility requirements
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Students who have an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion under Macquarie University's Academic Progression Policy are not permitted to enrol in OUA units offered by Macquarie University. Students with an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion who have enrolled in units through OUA will be withdrawn.
The 'medieval' is everywhere in our 'modern' age, both in culture and in our institutions. The University and the Parliament are medieval institutional inventions, for example. Our popular culture is imbued with myths bequeathed by the Middle Ages, from Robin Hood to Jedi Knights. And yet, the term 'medieval' is hurled as an insult to anyone thought to be backwards or ignorant. Following Tarantino, brutal punishment can be defined as getting medieval. This unit will look at both the real Middle Ages, as a historical period, as well as its representations in our own culture. In particular, we will look at the political history of Latin Christendom, in order to understand the rise of kingdoms and the papacy during the Middle Ages. Simultaneously, students will encounter medievalism in our own time. We will match our discussion of the 'real' Middle Ages with awareness of the 'fantasy' Middle Ages in which our imaginations so often reside.
- Ongoing Quizzes (30%)
- Short-Answer Take-Home Test (30%)
- Three Minute Presentation (10%)
- Reflective Essay (30%)
Textbook information is pending.
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