Introduction to Medieval Literature|
This course covers a selection of French, Italian, and English literature from around 1200 to 1400, with an emphasis on the popular genre of romance and the works of Dante and Chaucer. We will consider various elements of medieval writing--including allegory and satire--within their social and cultural contexts. Some of the topics that we will examine are the politics of chivalry and crusading, medieval views of gender and sexuality, theology and religious controversies, and exploration of the world beyond Europe.
Students will work on their close reading skills through weekly writing assignments in addition to formal essays.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ENGL)(ENGL-Brit Lit)(MDST-MN)(MDST)(MDST-Art/Arch)(MDST-History)(MDST-Lang/Lit)(MDST-Phil/Reli)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Andreas Capellanus, THE ART OF COURTLY LOVE
Chrétien de Troyes, ARTHURIAN ROMANCES; THE SONG OF ROLAND
Dante, THE DIVINE COMEDY
Chaucer, CANTERBURY TALES
|Examination and Assignments: |
Weekly response papers; 2 formal essays (one 5-6pp, one 8-10pp)
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This course meets the Literary History I requirement of the English major.
|Instructor(s): Nisse,Ruth Times: ..T.R.. 09:00AM-10:20AM; Location: TBA|
|Total Enrollment Limit: 40||SR major: 5||JR major: 5|| || |
|Seats Available: 19||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 5||JR non-major: 5||SO: 10||FR: 10|