Medievalism in the Classroom

Description

This Collection traces the development of academic medievalism in Australia’s universities, and explores the discipline’s complex ideological affiliations. In this Collection you will find items relating to: the medievalist content of educational programmes, such as examples of university unit outlines; the teaching of the medieval through processes of medievalism, such as in demonstrations of medieval cooking or fighting techniques; and references to the medieval in modern educational debates and contexts.

Items in the Medievalism in the Classroom Collection

This photograph of a replica medieval monastery was featured in Melbourne newspaper The Argus in 1937. It was constructed by student teachers at the Teachers Training College as part of an exhibition of works, and was designed as a modelling task for…

Sydney University Commemoration speech. Refers to the undergraduates' role as the terrae filius of "medieval times." With a literal meaning of 'son of the earth', terrae filius has also been used to describe a student asked to deliver a satirical…

The author of this article taken from The Sydney Morning Herald, (Friday, 12 March 1909, p. 7) examines the situation of boys' education in Australia. It describes the perspectives of the Engineers' President of Education as they were put forward at…

Newspaper article regarding a carving by the sculptor Thomas Muller. The carving is said to bear a resemblance to the economist Colin Clark. By carving the gargoyle-like creature in the image of a public figure, the journalist argues that Muller has…

A newspaper article regarding an address made by one Professor Murdoch to the Perth Literary Society in 1913. It discusses the origin and development of English drama with a particular focus on the early involvement of the church and clergy in…

The opinion piece,“Catallictics [mutatas dicere formas] An Introduction to New Speculations [In nova fert animus] takes it Latin from the first lines of Ovid’s Metamorphoses (In nova fert animus mutatas dicere formas corpora; I tell now of…

On the seven hundred and twentieth anniversary of the first issue of Magna Carta (in 1215), this article in the Western Mail outlines the charter’s significance for English history and notes that special lessons had been delivered in Australian…

Weighing in on a wider printed debate about the cost and value of university teaching, the author of this article takes issue with the prevailing focus on lectures as the principal delivery mode for teaching in universities. He associates the…

This poster advertises ‘A Day with J. R. R. Tolkien’, an upcoming event at The University of Western Australia. Hosted by the Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies and the Perth Medieval Group, ‘A Day with J. R. R. Tolkien’ is a day…

Aposter for the second and third year undergraduate course ‘Mythistory’ offered at The University of Western Australia. The course examines popular science fiction and fantasy films and literature of the twentieth and twenty-first…