ENGLISH 407 - Topics in English Language and Literature
Section: 003 The Sacred and the Secular in Late Medieval Literature
Term: WN 2014
Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
Credits:
3
Waitlist Capacity:
unlimited
Consent:
With permission of instructor.
Repeatability:
May be elected twice for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.
Undergrad and Grad
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This class surveys the medieval genre of romance, stories of knightly adventure and romantic love that served to explore conflicting claims of private passion and social obligation. Romances address a range of fascinating questions about gender and sexuality, the relationship between violence and the sacred, the uses of history, and the possibility of human agency in the face of social constraint, random chance, and pre-ordained fate. After a consideration of some foundational French romances, we will read the major English examples including Marie de France, Lais, Chaucer, Troilus and Criseyde (a poem which rivals the Canterbury Tales in greatness), Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Malory, Morte Darthur (from the perspectives of their formal features, their historical contexts, and their actual and imagined audiences. At the end of the term, we turn briefly to the afterlife of medieval romance in critical theory, ranging from Northop Frye’s, formalism, to Lacan’s psychoanalysis, and Fredric Jameson’s historicism.

Course Requirements:

Course requirements include: an annotated bibliography on a primary text, two short essays, one of which will be revised and extended as a final paper, and regular, informed contributions to the seminar (written and spoken).

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ENGLISH 407 - Topics in English Language and Literature
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
P
22856
Open
11
 
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MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
002 (SEM)
P
23525
Closed
0
 
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TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
003 (SEM)
P
22927
Open
Wolv. Access
 
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TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
004 (SEM)
P
26839
Open
2
 
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TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
005 (SEM)
P
30323
Closed
Wolv. Access
 
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TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
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ISBN: 9780268038106
Pearl : an edition with verse translation, Publisher: University of Notre Dame Press 1995
Required
ISBN: 9781580441254
Amis and Amiloun, Robert of Cisyle, and Sir Amadace, Author: edited by Edward E. Foster., Publisher: Medieval Institute Publications 2nd ed. 2007
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