English 110ff. Medieval Fanfiction

Instructor: Anna Wilson
Terms: Spring Term

Tuesdays & Thursdays, 1-2 pm | Location: TBA

Fanfiction is a surprisingly powerful tool for examining medieval literature. It sheds light on the dynamics of rereading and reception that characterize medieval texts, which in turn deepen our own understanding of creative originality. In this class we will read some twentieth- and twenty-first century fanfiction with medievalist themes alongside medieval literary texts that rewrite, reimagine, or let their authors star in pre-existing stories. This medieval ‘fanfiction’ will include Arthurian romances, ‘sequels’ to the Aeneid and the Canterbury Tales, and Christian spiritual texts in which devout men and women imagined themselves as ‘Mary Sues’ in scenes from the Gospels.

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