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Postgraduate Course: Medieval Afterlives: Critical Approaches to Music and Medievalism (MUSI11069)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe Middle Ages live on today in a multitude of media, from film, television, and game, to Heavy Metal and art music. This course focuses on these afterlives of the medieval period from the Renaissance until today, and especially on the relationship between music and medievalism. It seeks to encourage critical perspectives on musical medievalism across genres, media, and time periods.
Course description Medieval Afterlives focuses on the creative re-use of the 'medieval' in later periods, stretching from the Renaissance to the present day. It necessarily crosses genres and media, exploring creative uses of the past within both the art music and popular music traditions , as well as multi-media genres such as film, television, and video game. It also delves into the rich interdisciplinary body of literature from the broader field of medievalism.

Topics may include:
Rock and Heavy Metal
Fantasy TV, Film, and Video Game Holy Minimalism
Romantic Medievalism
Medievalism and Politics: Race, Sexuality, and Gender (far-right extremism, etc.)

This course will be taught through two-hour mixed seminar/lecture, incorporating both presentation and discussion, shared with the level 10 course 'Medieval Afterlives: Music and Cultural Imagination'. PGT students will also be taught separately through three additional 2-hour workshops/roundtables, which will incorporate discussion of additional readings and guided watching/listening/play-through of more complex works. These sessions will also incorporate contact with the Representations of Early Music on Stage and Screen Study Group where possible and relevant, including participation (both as discussant and informal presenter), at the research group's regular e-roundtables. Assessment is via individual essay and group research project, culminating in a short outline presentation, designed to give a precis of - and to receive feedback on - a more detailed group blog. Students will have the opportunity to make their biogs publicly available on the REMOSS study group's academic blog.

Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Students MUST NOT also be taking Medieval Afterlives: Music and Cultural Imagination (MUSI10101)
Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  25
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 22, Summative Assessment Hours 1, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 173 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Group Outline Presentation and Blog : 25%
Assessed analysis of either a work (piece of music, film, TV programme, game, opera, etc.) or a concept, as demonstrated by a number of works in small groups, taking place within week 9-11, with an accompanying group blog submitted in week 12 (assessment weighting shared equally between the two). The presentation is designed to be an outline of the more detailed blog, allowing for feedback. Groups will consist of PGT students only, but the presentations will take place in the same sessions as those taking place in the level 10 'Medieval Afterlives: Music and Cultural Imagination' course.

Essay: 75%
An essay of 4,000 words due week 12/13 (exam weeks)
Feedback Students will get formative feedback on their presentations verbally, from peers and the course organiser, and summative feedback in line with current university regulations. Detailed feedback on the essay will be given in line with current university regulations. Students will be invited to submit an essay outline for formative feedback in week 7.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate a critical awareness of current issues in Medievalism
  2. Apply knowledge, skills, and understanding in planning and executing a significant research project on musical Medievalism.
  3. Apply critical analysis, evaluation and synthesis to recent important developments in Medievalism and music.
  4. Communicate, using appropriate methods, to a range of audiences with different levels of knowledge/expertise (i.e, UG, PGT, academic staff, and (where appropriate) external academics).
Reading List
A full reading list will be given in LEARN. A representative sample is given below:
The Oxford Handbook of Music and Medievalism, Stephen C. Meyer and Kirsten Yri, eds. Oxford University Press, 2020
John Haines, Music in Films on the Middle Ages: Authenticity Vs. Fantasy. Routledge, 2013
Recomposing the Past: Representations of Early Music on Stage and Screen, James Cook, Alexander Kolassa, and Adam Whittaker, eds. Routledge, 2019
James Cook, 'Sonic Medievalism, World Building, and Cultural Identity in Fantasy Video Games', Studies in Medievalism, 28 (2020)
James Cook and Karen Cook, 'Music and Medievalism', Oxford Bibliographies Online
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Enquiry and lifelong learning: the course will equip students to approach a number of different genres, styles, and types of media from the perspective of medievalism in a critical and engaged fashion outside the classroom.

Outlook and engagement: the course will continue to embed critical perspectives on the ways in which history is constructed and reconstructed; the course will provide
valuable grounding and experience in understanding cultural, social, political, and historical contexts for cultural and artistic products, and in exploring how these contexts can be embedded and encoded within them.

Research and enquiry: the course will require students to develop and complete their own individual and group research projects, researched and presented in a professional manner.

Personal and intellectual autonomy: students will learn how to apply knowledge/theory gained in class to their own personal life experiences and research interests.

Communication: Ability to produce essays and presentations to a professional level and to communicate with peers in informal class discussion.
Keywordsphysical models,synthesis,audio signal processing
Course organiserDr James Cook
Tel: (0131 6)50 2432
Course secretaryMiss Laura Duff
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