MEMS 350 - Literature in English to 1660
Section: 001 English Masterworks of the Middle Ages and Renaissance
Term: FA 2009
Subject: Medieval and Early Modern Studies (MEMS)
Department: LSA History
Credits:
4
Waitlist Capacity:
unlimited
Consent:
With permission of instructor.
Class Misc Info:
This course satisfies the Pre-1600 or Pre-1830 requirement for English Concentrators.
Other Course Info:
F.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This course is an intensive study of some representative English literary works of the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Our approach to these works will be chronological, and our interests multi-layered. We will consider what the collective narrative arc of works ranging from Chaucer's Canterbury Tales to Shakespeare's Twelfth Night tells us about English culture from the late fourteenth to the early seventeenth century.

  • How did the idea of selfhood evolve during this time?
  • How were concepts such as chivalry interrogated in a literary context?
  • How do issues of gender and sexuality inflect artistic representations of love, holiness, and monarchy?
We will also concern ourselves with formal questions, including the manner in which genres such as lyric and epic remain recognizable over centuries even as their subject matter and aesthetic contours shift. Most importantly, we will develop reading and interpretive strategies that will further enhance our abilities to analyze literary and non-literary texts after this course is completed.

Requirements include two papers (each 5 pages in length), a mid-term, in-class essay, and a final exam that will require students to synthesize the material covered in class. We will use volume B of the Norton Anthology of English Literature, as well as the Norton Critical edition of the Canterbury Tales and the new, Simon Armitage translation of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.

MEMS 350 - Literature in English to 1660
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 
23241
Open
35
 
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MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
002 (DIS)
P
23243
Open
14
 
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Tu 9:00AM - 10:00AM
003 (DIS)
P
23245
Open
8
 
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Tu 10:00AM - 11:00AM
004 (DIS)
P
23247
Open
5
 
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Tu 11:00AM - 12:00PM
005 (DIS)
P
23249
Open
3
 
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Tu 12:00PM - 1:00PM
006 (DIS)
P
37503
Closed
0
 
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Tu 1:00PM - 2:00PM
007 (DIS)
P
37505
Open
7
 
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Tu 2:00PM - 3:00PM
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ISBN: 0393334155
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight : a new verse translation, Author: [translated by] Simon Armitage., Publisher: W.W. Norton & Co Inc. 1st Norton 2008
Required
ISBN: 0393925870
The Canterbury tales : fifteen tales and the general prologue ; authoritative text sources and backgrounds criticism, Author: Geoffrey Chaucer. Selected and ed. by V. A. Kolve ...., Publisher: Norton 2. ed. 2005
Required
ISBN: 0393927180
The Norton anthology of English literature, Author: Stephen Greenblatt, general editor ; M.H. Abrams, founding editor emeritus., Publisher: W.W. Norton 8th ed. 2006
Required
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