Medieval Supernatural Course Notes

I came across the curriculum for a course on the Medieval Supernatural which I wanted to capture on my blog. I won’t regurgitate the notes here, but I have copied the suggested reading list as its a great resource. The course is run by Eileen Joy and she has posted the details on her In the Middle blog.

Core Texts for the Course

GRETTIR’S SAGA. Trans. Jesse Byock. Oxford World’s Classics, 2009. ISBN# 978-0192801524.

THE LAIS OF MARIE DE FRANCE. Trans. Glyn S. Burgess and Keith Busby. Penguin Classics, 2nd edition, 1999. ISBN# 978-0140447590.

Burton Raffel. SIR GAWAIN AND THE GREEN KNIGHT. Signet Classics, 2009. ISBN# 978-0451531193.

John Mandeville. THE TRAVELS OF SIR JOHN MANDEVILLE. Penguin Classics, revised edition, 2005. ISBN# 978-0141441436.

Neil Gaiman. NEVERWHERE: A NOVEL. William Morrow, 2003. ISBN# 978-0060557812.

Other Texts


Jacobus de Voraigne. The Golden Legend, trans. Christopher Stace. Penguin Classics. Penguin Classics, 1998.

Julian of Norwich. Revelations of Divine Love, trans. Clifton Wolters. Penguin Classics, 1966.


Robert Bartlett. The Natural and the Supernatural in the Middle Ages. Cambridge University Press, 2008.

Bruno Bettelheim. The Uses of Enchantment: The Meaning and Importance of Fairy Tales. Vintage Books, 1975.

Caroline Walker Bynum. “Why All the Fuss about the Body? A Medievalist’s Perspective.” Critical Inquiry 22.1 (1995): 1-33.

Sigmund Freud. Totem and Taboo, in The Basic Writings of Sigmund Freud, ed. and trans. A.A. Brill. The Modern Library, 1995.

Sigmund Freud. The Uncanny, trans. David McLintock. Penguin Classics, 2003.

W. Scott Poole. Monsters in America: Our Historical Obsession with the Hideous and Haunting. Baylor University Press, 2011.

Tzvetan Todorov. The Fantastic: A Structural Approach to a Literary Genre, trans. Richard Howard. Cornell University Press, 1975.

Maria Warner. Monsters of Our Own Making: The Peculiar Pleasures of Fear. University Press of Kentucky, 1998.

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