Beautiful illustrations in this transcription of Week 5 lectures. Thanks!
‘The Faerie Queene’ by Edmund Spenser 1590
Week five of the Coursera on-line course Online Games: Literature, New Media, and Narrative is already upon us. For this week we are readying first Canto of Book III of Edmund Spenser’s The Faerie Queene.
The discussion for the week was very varied. We talked about Spenser and his poems, their allegory, formation and what it was to be a poet to royalty in his day. We related some of the work he did with other works we have studied on the course so far and, of course, to Lord of The Rings book and Film. We looked at art and representations of this and other works. Finally Jay showed us how his students had re-mediated some of this work into a game.
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“La Belle Dame sans Merci” by Henry Meynell Rheam, 1901 Wikimedia
It is now week three of the Coursera course that I have embarked on Online Games: Literature, New Media, and Narrative. It is such an interesting course for me and brings together a lot of the other courses that I lave taken on Literature, New Media, Greek Heroes and even a little philosophy. This week we read another wonderful work John Keats’s poem “La Belle Dame sans Merci”. Although we have finished reading the The Fellowship of the Ring our viewing for this week was Peter Jackson’s movie The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. It is many years since I read the book or watched the film. Doing both so close together highlighted the differences and also the wonderful way that Peter Jackson was able to recreated Middle Earth.
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Transcripts, Syllabus, and other information for Online Games, a MOOC on Coursera taught by Professor Jay Clayton, Vanderbilt University