Medievalism and Literary Representations of the Past
September 7th, 2018
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English teachers at secondary I and secondary II-levels
Imagining and revisiting the medieval past has been an ongoing concern through the ages. In the early modern period already, medieval culture was read and shaped according to new paradigms, some of them in drastic contrast to prevailing medieval ones, thus revealing anxiety and fascination for the medieval past that are still ongoing. Indeed, while ‘medieval’ is often used as synonym for ‘barbaric’, ‘primitive’, ‘unsophisticated’, and ‘narrow-minded’, modern culture finds its ‘otherness’ very compelling. Thus, despite these negative connotations and stereotypes, the medieval is witnessing a popular resurgence through films, television series, video games and the new media.
The first aim of this one-day course is to explore the ways in which the medieval has appealed to generations of poets, novelists, filmmakers and computer buffs. We are also interested in the way medieval writings are appropriated, reconfigured and re-interpreted today according to new tastes and readers’ expectations.
The second aim is to explore ways by which medieval texts and culture can be offered in the classroom in exciting and convincing ways, via the use of adaptations in particular. Television series such as Vikings, The Canterbury Tales, or Game of Thrones offer points of access to medieval material to address questions such as exile, migration, gender relations, and myth-making that are still relevant today.
- Presenting material originating from cultural practices linked to the medieval;
- Defining various ways by which the medieval is appropriated through the ages and situating these practices historically;
- Providing supporting evidence to think critically about the medieval;
- Acquiring pedagogical tools and references relevant to the transmission of medieval material in the classroom.
A certificate of participation will be delivered at the end of the course.
Morning lectures :
(8.45 a.m.-12.00 p.m.)
- Welcome (Boris Vejdovsky, co-director of the programme for English, UNIL)
- Medieval Medievalism in the Old English Ruin
- The Persistence of the Arthurian Legend in Twentieth-Century Literature
- Forward into the Past: The Medieval/Modern and Pedagogy
Afternoon lectures and activities :
(2.00 p.m.-5.30 p.m.)
- Victorian Medievalism: The Tower, or Coming to an Anti-Climax
- Workshop: Teaching Beowulf via Popular Culture
- Workshop: Chaucer and the Screen: The Wife of Bath
(5.30 p.m.-6.30 p.m.)
- Book exhibition and networking
Through lectures, discussions and practical elements, the course will introduce participants to a range of perspectives that can be taken on the topic of the representations of the medieval past in literature and other media.
Participants are encouraged to do the preparatory reading.
- English Department, Faculté des lettres, Université de Lausanne
Head of training
- Prof. Martine Hennard Dutheil de la Rochère, Head of Continuing Education, Modern and Comparative Literature, UNIL
- Boris Vejdovsky, Prof. of American Literature and Culture, English Department, UNIL
assisted by Marie Emilie Walz
University of Lausanne (UNIL), English Department :
- Dr Rory Critten, MER2 in Medieval English Literature
- Christiania Whitehead, Professor of Medieval English Literature, FNS Researcher
- Dr Enit Steiner, MER1 in Modern English Literature
- Denis Renevey, Professor of Medieval English Language and Literature
- Dr Juliette Vuille, MA in Medieval English Literature
University of Manchester, Department of English and American Studies :
- David Matthews, Professor of Medieval and Medievalism Studies
Date and schedule
September 7th, 2018, 8.45 a.m. – 5.30 p.m.
UNIL-EPFL Campus, Lausanne
Course fee * :
Including coffee breaks.
* based on the price of the last edition
Registration is closed.
Places are limited.