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Spring 2016-2017
* ENG 311 / MED 309 (LA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

The Medieval Period

Donald Vance Smith

If Game of Thrones has taught us anything, it's that fantasy is not escapist. It gives us a way to examine--and experience--what's already there, but not always as visibly or easily acknowledged. We'll read a wide range of medieval romances that use the genre to work out, and to stage, real-life political conflicts.

Sample reading list:
Anon., The Alliterative Morte Arthure
Geoffrey Chaucer, The Knight's Tale, The Wife of Bath's Tale
Anon., The Erle of Tolous
Anon., Havelok the Dane
John Lydgate, The Troy Book
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
2-3 romances per week; midterm paper; final paper

Requirements/Grading:
Paper in lieu of Final - 30%
Take Home Mid term Exam - 20%
Papers - 30%
Class/Precept Participation - 10%
Other (See Instructor) - 10%

Other information:
The romance's fascination with spectacle, luxury, love, myth, death, and rule, and consider the ways in which the recurrent subjects of identity, mourning, economics, and religious devotion subvert or reinforce structures of authority and belief.Distribution Requirement: British Foundation

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
43432 L01 2:30 pm - 3:20 pm T Th   Jones Hall   307   Enrolled:7 Limit:10
44147 P01 3:30 pm - 4:20 pm Th   Jones Hall   307   Enrolled:7 Limit:13
43433 P99 TBA        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled