ENGLISH 398 - Junior Seminar in English Studies
Section: 002 New English Literature in the Age of Chaucer
Term: WN 2014
Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
ULWR
Waitlist Capacity:
unlimited
Consent:
With permission of instructor.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

We will read some of the most exciting, innovative texts written during the great transformation of the English literary scene in the late fourteenth century. During this slow revolution, new voices reached new audiences by choosing to write in the native language of most English people (as opposed to the more prestigious French or Latin) about religion, science, cultural contact, politics, and social criticism; and some of them also self-consciously linked this new English literature to classical traditions. Sampling texts from a variety of social origins — court, cloister, and city — we will start with Mandeville’s Travels, the most popular travel narrative ever written; then survey the bold new adaptations of Biblical narratives, as well as visionary and even heretical religious writings; and finally read the searing social, political, and religious critiques in some of the great long poems of Chaucer’s lifetime, selecting from among the dream vision Piers the Plowman, John Gower’s framed story collection Confessio Amantis (The Lover’s Confession — in English, despite the Latin title!), and Chaucer’s own Legend of Good Women and Canterbury Tales.

Course Requirements:

Some short writing assignments, plus three essays of graduated length (3-4 pp; 5-8 pp; and 10-12 pp), along with peer review and revision.

Intended Audience:

No data submitted

Class Format:

This will be a discussion-centered seminar, although I will supply historical and cultural backgrounds as needed.

No prior knowledge of Middle English expected or required, only a willing spirit.

ENGLISH 398 - Junior Seminar in English Studies
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
P
21948
Open
3
 
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MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
002 (SEM)
P
25216
Open
15
 
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MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
003 (SEM)
P
25217
Closed
0
 
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TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
NOTE: Data maintained by department in Wolverine Access. If no textbooks are listed below, check with the department.


ISBN: 014042234X
The Canterbury tales, Author: Geoffrey Chaucer. Ed. with an introduction and notes by Jill Mann., Publisher: Penguin Books Rev. ed. 2005
Required
ISBN: 0393975592
Piers Plowman : the Donaldson translation, Middle English text, sources and backgrounds, criticism, Author: William Langland. Ed. by Elizabeth Robertson and Stephen H.A. Shepherd., Publisher: Norton 1st ed. 2006
Required
ISBN: 1580440479
Confessio amantis., Author: John Gower. Ed. by Russell A. Peck, with Latin transl. by Andrew Galloway., Publisher: Medieval Inst. Publ., Western Michigan Univ. 2nd ed. 2003
Required
ISBN: 158044069X
The scale of perfection, Author: Walter Hilton. Ed. by Thomas H. Bestul., Publisher: TEAMS in association with the Univ. of Rochester 2000
Required
ISBN: 1580440924
Confessio amantis, Author: John Gower ; edited by Russell A. Peck ; with Latin translations by Andrew Galloway., Publisher: Medieval Institute Publications 2nd ed. 2004
Required
ISBN: 1580441025
Confessio amantis, Author: John Gower ; edited by Russell A. Peck, with Latin translations by Andrew Galloway., Publisher: Published for TEAMS (The Consortium for the Teaching of the Middle Ages) in association with the University of Rochester by Medieval Institute Publications, College of Arts and Sciences, Western Michigan University 2nd ed. 2005
Required
ISBN: 1580441130
The book of John Mandeville, Author: ed. by Tamarah Kohanski ..., Publisher: Medieval Institute Publications 2007
Required
ISBN: 1879288117
Heroic women from the Old Testament in Middle English verse : the storie of Asneth, the pistel of swete Susan, the story of Jephthah's daughter, the story of Judith, Author: ed. by Russell A. Peck., Publisher: Medieval Inst. Publ., Western Michigan Univ. [2nd pr.]. 1991
Required
ISBN: 1879288451
The shewings of Julian of Norwich, Author: edited by Georgia Ronan Crampton., Publisher: Published for TEAMS (The Consortium for the Teaching of the Middle Ages) in Association with the University of Rochester by Medieval Institute Publications 2. print. 1994
Required
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