Teaching literary responses to the Black Death during the COVID-19 pandemic

Brendan O'Connell


In this paper, I provide a case study about the experience of teaching literary responses to the Black Death online during the recent closure of universities in Ireland. I outline the rationale for teaching the module, discussing some of the obstacles and opportunities presented by the sudden switch to online teaching. I provide some practical details and include reflections on the experience of the class.


Medieval literature; Black Death; Pandemic; COVID-19; Online teaching.

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