10 x 1-hour lectures per semester
9 x 1-hour workshops per semester
1 9 units of first-year topics
2 Admission into BLITTCWG-Bachelor of Letters (Creative Writing) (Graduate Entry)
Must Satisfy: ((1) or (2))
Assignment(s), Analysis, Presentation
Topic description

This topic explores the origins of modern fantasy by examining the legendary narratives upon which modern writers draw, focusing on legends from across Europe which have proved popular in the English tradition. In many cases, such modern adaptations are the most recent in a long line of retellings so, in studying them, we will consider why these myths have appealed to different cultures in different historical contexts and challenge notions about the relationship between originality and creativity.

Educational aims

This topic aims to:

  • Develop students’ understanding of a range of different cultures throughout medieval Europe
  • Develop students’ research and critical thinking skills
  • Develop students’ ability to construct and express a well-reasoned argument
  • Develop students’ understanding of the form and function of a range of medieval texts
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Formulate literary analyses contextualised by an extensive knowledge of the medieval world and how it informs the way we imagine the present
  2. Analyse the way in which narratives expresses cultural values
  3. Analyse a range of different medieval texts
  4. Devise a logical, critical argument informed by detailed research