ENGLISH 317 - Literature and Culture
Fall 2020, Section 006 - Beyond England: Travelers, Missionaries, and Immigrants in Early Medieval Literature
Instruction Mode: Section 006 is  Online (see other Sections below)
Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
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Requirements & Distribution:
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
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The sea was a highway as much as a barrier in the early medieval world—and early English travelers, missionaries, and immigrants used it to connect with seemingly-distant shores. In this course we will challenge definitions of where the earliest English literature begins and ends, starting with the legacy of the first men to teach writing in England: Archbishop Theodore of Tarsus, a Byzantine Greek, and the North African Abbot Hadrian, who together founded the School at Canterbury and shaped generations of English scribes and authors. We will go on to read Old English fictional travelogues like The Wonders of the East and Alexander’s Letter to Aristotle, which describe parts of the world both real and imagined; the letters of Boniface and the itinerary of Willibald, English missionaries in 8th century Germany; exile elegies including The Seafarer and The Wanderer; and the Old English Apollonius of Tyre, one of the earliest medieval romances. All readings will be in translation; no knowledge of Old English is required (but interest is welcome!). Assignments will include two shorter close-reading essays and a final research project. Required texts: Old and Middle English c.890-c.1450: An Anthology, edited by Elaine Treharne (ISBN: 978-1-405-18120-4). Additional selected readings will be provided in class and online.

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Online-only students are welcome!

Class Format:

Exams: N/A

Lectures: Synchronous and Online

Class Discussions: Synchronous and Online


ENGLISH 317 - Literature and Culture
Schedule Listing
002 (LEC)
MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
003 (LEC)
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
Note: Course instruction is remote and synchronous. Enrolled students are expected to be available remotely during scheduled class times.
004 (LEC)
MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
006 (LEC)
MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM

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