English course: Medieval Monstrosity

Registration for the Fall 2020 semester is now closed.

Due to COVID-19, this fall course will now be fully online.

The Department of English’s Medieval Monstrosity (ENL 4215) will be offered during the Fall 2020 semester.

Like the aliens of today’s fantasy and horror stories, the monster is a central figure in much medieval literature, from England to Africa, India and China. The monsters and fantastic beings that populate the pages of medieval texts provide the roots of issues with which we still struggle today, locally and globally, from racism to sexism. But what constitutes a monster? What are the consequences of their presence? What purposes did they serve? The class will examine the role of the monstrous in medieval imaginations and discuss what monstrosity reveals about cultures of the global Middle Ages and about ourselves today.

Professor Blatt — who specializes in the literature, book history and material culture of late medieval England, from the end of the fourteenth century to the opening decades of the sixteenth — will teach this fully online course in the fall. She received her Ph.D. in English from Fordham University, her M.A. from the University of Virginia and her B.A. from Cornell University.

Fulfills: Early Literature, Multicultural, and Global Learning