Many of the medieval works we read silently in books would have been presented orally during the Middle Ages. As such, their performances would have served a communal role that may not be readily apparent on the page. Plays such as those in this course clearly construct communities and individuals in careful ways; poems such as Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde inscribe an audience of listeners and their potential responses to the material; one component often overlooked when reading the lais of Marie de France is the music that would have accompanied the text. Performances of these texts on film will inform our discussions. In addition, we will look at some modern representations of the Middle Ages on film. The course will end with a few early modern texts in order to highlight the continuity of this tradition as well as its ruptures.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Chaucer┐s Troilus and Criseyde, Marie de France┐s lais, Dr. Faustus, selections from various Corpus Christi cycles, Mankind, Castle of Perseverance
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This course fulfills the pre-1800 requirement for the English major.
|Instructor(s): Eggers,Will Times: ..T.R.. 02:40PM-04:00PM; Location: FISK101; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 19||SR major: 7||JR major: 5|| || |
|Seats Available: 3||GRAD: 0||SR non-major: 4||JR non-major: 3||SO: 0||FR: X|
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