Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Teaching (SMART)


Spring 2022 (Volume 29, Issue 1)

The articles in this Spring 2022 issue of SMART begin with a paper about using concepts from game theory and digital game studies to develop a new pedagogical approach to analyzing a classic medieval text. This is followed by an article showing how it is possible to study much more than medieval magic and witchcraft using the Harry Potter books by making connections to multiple medieval topics, thus providing a good introduction to medieval culture. Next is an approach to teaching the western civilization survey course and its treatment of the medieval period by focusing on the growth of polity: the historical process of nation-making, or state-building. Then Twitter is featured as a tool for helping students who often struggle to deal with medieval source and early modern materials. An article on the study of Othello in conjunction with Citizen: An American Lyric compares historical drama, making it relevant and relatable, reinforcing Shakespeare’s continuing importance in the contemporary world. What follows is an examination of ways that teaching lost plays can help students think about voices and silence within the early modern literary canon and in their own classroom dynamic. Teaching Beowulf by way of Tolkien explains a course that combines the fantasy author with the Old English poet to help students see in Beowulf something of what Professor Tolkien did, and to realize how it influenced his works of fantasy. The last paper in this issue demonstrates the intersection of the fields of linguistics and literature by teaching Chaucer to linguistics students and developing a new set of learning outcomes. Hope-fully these articles as well as numerous book reviews will provide educators with some new ideas for teaching the Middle Ages and Renaissance.

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CLARISSE BARBIER LEE Game Theories in Favor of the Ignorance of Perceval, True Winner of the Arthurian World

TERESA RUPP Teaching the Middle Ages through Harry Potter

EMILY SOHMER TAI Bringing the State Back in: Medieval History and the Western Civilization Survey

ALEXANDRA R. A. LEE Teaching Using Twitter: A Tool for Grappling with Medieval and Early Modern Sources

NICHOLAS F. RADEL Citizen Othello: Teaching Claudia Rankine as Shakespeare’s Future

LAURA SEYMOUR Lost Plays, Shrews, and (Breaking) Silence in the Classroom. Teaching Grim the Collier of Croyden

PAUL ACKER Teaching Beowulf by Way of Tolkien

CAROL JAMISON Teaching Chaucer to Linguistics Students


LESLEY COOTE Book Review: The Cartulary-Chronicle of St-Pierre of Bèze, edited by Constance Brittain Bouchard

RONALD W. BRAASCH III Book Review: Medieval Warfare: A Reader, edited by Kelly DeVries and Michael Livingston

ADAM FRANKLIN-LYONS Book Review: Medieval Iberian Crusade Fiction and the Mediterranean World, by David A. Wacks

ROBERT GRAYBILL Book Review: The Figure of Minerva in Medieval Literature, by William F. Hodapp

JOSHUA REID Book Review: Teaching Early Modern English Literature from the Archives, edited by Heidi Brayman Hackel and Ian Frederick Moulton

REGINA PSAKI Book Review: Teaching the Italian Renaissance Romance Epic, edited by JoAnn Cavallo

JESS MCCULLOUGH Book Review: Vikings and the Vikings: Essays on Television’s History Channel Services, edited by Paul Hardwick and Kate Lister

CHRISTINA FRANCIS Book Review: Experiencing Medieval Art, by Herbert L. Kessler

YVONNE BRUCE Book Review: Untimely Deaths in Renaissance Drama, by Andrew Griffin

TERESA RUPP Book Review: Approaches to Teaching Dante’s Divine Comedy, edited by Christopher Kleinhenz and Kristina Olson

BRIAN HARRIES Book Review: Bound to Read: Compilations, Collections, and the Making of Renaissance Literature, by Jeffrey Todd Knight

Fall 2022 (Volume 29, Issue 2)


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