Learning objectives

By the end of the course, students will be able to …

  • interpret the visual and material—in addition to the textual—as components of meaning, both in literature and other artistic media
  • analyze medieval literature within its historical context as part of a cultural matrix of “making” in multiple media
  • recognize medieval themes in post-medieval literature and art
  • assess the role of the physical manuscript, the digital facsimile, the critical edition, and the modern English translation in our reception of medieval texts
  • compose writing assignments which evaluate texts and images from interdisciplinary and comparative perspectives
  • understand and practice writing as a recursive process, involving research, drafting, revision, and reflection
  • evaluate the ways in which their own writing, literature, and other art-making are mediated by the physical environment