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School of History

HST6118 Premodern Worlds On Screen

Credits: 15

This module will introduce you to representations of medieval and early modern history on screen. We will study films, TV series, and computer games, created in Europe, the US, Asia, and Africa, and spanning a variety of genres. We will train you to analyse these materials as historical evidence, to answer questions such as: How are premodern societies and their values represented? What links are implied between the then and the now? What techniques enhance the engagement with the premodern past? The module offers an opportunity for global comparison of how societies today use the perceived ‘premodern’ to discuss critical issues: identity, war, nation, gender, religion.

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