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Imagined Landscapes of the Middle Ages


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Our Imagined Landscapes of the Middle Ages short course sets out to explore the history of the Middle Ages through landscapes of medieval imagination. If we define ‘imagined landscapes’ as the frameworks through which people in the Middle Ages situated themselves in text, art, historical argument and built spaces, then we can trace the ways that imagined landscapes served both as the setting for medieval lives and as an agent in medieval history. In this way, we will look at epigraphy and epics, charters and poems, songs, site plans and sagas, romances and records of journeys.

Join us, as we examine questions like:

  • What happens if we let the distinctions between these forms of landscape representation blur?
  • How do we reconstruct medieval places that were read and recited, as well as walked?

Finally, as we explore the afterlives of medieval spatial imaginaries in modernity, we ask: to what extent do we continue to dwell in medieval landscapes?

This short course is ideal if you are fascinated by medieval history and archaeology, as well as intellectual history and early modern history. It will give you the opportunity to understand the construction of space and landscape in the Middle Ages. It emphasises the significance of art history, literature and landscape studies in developing an interdisciplinary history of medieval space, spatial representation and spatial imagination.

Assessment is via a 4000-word essay (80%) and 1000-word response paper (20%).

30 credits at level 7

  • Entry requirements

    Entry requirements

    This course is taught at Master's level. In order to fully engage with the class, you should have previous knowledge of history and/or literature and the demands of textual analysis, for example, by having successfully completed an intermediate class at Level 5/6 (such as an undergraduate degree) or by having significant professional experience in this area. You should also have an interest in the key themes.

    As part of the enrolment process, you may be required to submit a copy of a suitable form of ID.

    International students who wish to come to the UK to study a short course can apply for a Visitor visa. Please note that it is not possible to obtain a Student visa to study a short course.

  • How to apply

    How to apply

    You register directly onto the classes you would like to take. Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis - so apply early. If you wish to take more than one short course, you can select each one separately and then register onto them together via our online application portal. There is usually no formal selection process, although some modules may have prerequisites and/or other requirements, which will be specified where relevant.