ENGLISH 450 - Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Literature
Section: 002 The Outsider
Term: FA 2014
Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
May be repeated for a maximum of 8 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
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This course will study the representation of those constructed as “other” (whether monster, sexual “other,” Jew, Muslim , or Moor) in medieval and renaissance literature from Beowulf to Shakespeare’s The Tempest. In doing so, we will read some of the most powerful works in Western Literature, among them Beowulf, Dante’s Inferno, Chaucer’s The Pardoner’s Tale, Ariosto’s Orlando Furioso, selections of Spenser’s Faerie Queene, Marlowe’s The Jew of Malta, and Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice, Othello and The Tempest. In doing so, we will be able to watch the early formation of literary stereotypes which remained powerful for a very long time and in some cases remain so. A major emphasis of the course will be a study of the literary forms in which these constructions were embedded and transmitted.

The required books for this course will be:

  • The Norton Anthology of English Literature, Vol. 1, 9th Edition (ISBN: 9780393912470).
  • Inferno, Dante (ISBN: 9780385496988)
  • Orlando Furioso, (ISBN: 9780199540389)
  • Christopher Marlowe: Four Plays : four plays : Tamburlaine, parts one and two, The Jew of Malta, Edward II and Dr Faustus, (ISBN: 9781408149492)
  • The Merchant of Venice : Authoritative text, sources and contexts, criticism, rewritings and appropriations, William Shakespeare (ISBN: 9780393925296)
  • Othello, William Shakespeare; Edited by, Edward Pechter (ISBN: 9780393976151)
  • The Tempest, William Shakespeare; Edited by, Peter Hulme, (ISBN: 9780393978193)

Course Requirements:

Consistent attendance at class; 2 essays, 6-8 pp. each, a midterm and a final examination; one extra reading of an individual student’s choice.

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ENGLISH 450 - Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Literature
Schedule Listing
001 (REC)
MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
002 (REC)
MWF 10:00AM - 11:00AM
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