From History to Fantasy: Medieval Religions in Film & Fiction


Explores the intersection of modern popular culture and medieval religious culture. Deep dive into how modern creators of mass entertainment use common notions of medieval faith, power, race, sexualities and violence to capture and hold our interest, teach us lessons about ourselves, and sell products. How do our ideas of faith, sexuality, race and power inspire or constrain the fiction we create about the past? What impact does this have on consumers? Monks, nuns, knights, crusades, secret societies, suffragists, alt-right, plague. Modern novels, commentaries, history, medieval texts, neurobiology, TV, films, ads, games, memes, clubs. Read, discuss, write, research.
Curriculum Codes
  • CCI
  • EI
  • ALP
  • CZ
Cross-Listed As
  • ENGLISH 254
  • GSF 261
  • HISTORY 244
  • MEDREN 354
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