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Spring 2015-2016
* ENG 311 / MED 309 (LA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

The Medieval Period

Donald Vance Smith

This course will survey some of the most important medieval literature of England (partially excluding Chaucer). Violence is one of its obsessive concerns, and we will examine how its many forms--political, personal, philosophical--shape literary representations of war, insurrection, love, death, consolation, and the sacred. Readings will include many of the brilliant examples of different kinds of Middle English literature: chivalric romance, saint's life, the chanson d'aventure, mystical vision, debate, lyric, and elegy.

Sample reading list:
Anonymous, The Owl and the Nightingale
Anonymous, Sir Orfeo
The Pearl poet, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
The Pearl poet, Pearl
Anonymous, St. Erkenwald
William Langland, Selections from Piers Plowman
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
100 pages of reading per week. One ten-to twelve-page Dean's Date paper. Informal responses.

Requirements/Grading:
Take Home Mid term Exam - 15%
Papers - 40%
Class/Precept Participation - 25%
Other (See Instructor) - 20%

Other information:
No prior knowledge of the Middle Ages or of the Middle English language is expected of students enrolling in this class. Distribution Requirement: British Foundation

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
43191 S01 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm Th   McCosh Hall   26   Enrolled:7 Limit:15