ENGLISH 317 - Literature and Culture
Fall 2022, Section 001 - Death & Dying-Middle Ages
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
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Details

Credits:
3
Requirements & Distribution:
HU
Waitlist Capacity:
unlimited
Consent:
With permission of instructor.
Repeatability:
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
Primary Instructor:

Description

This course will focus on medieval texts that explore death and the process of dying from a variety of perspectives: some present and meditate on exceptional deaths like those of Jesus and Christian saints; others are morality tales that use representations of death to make a point about the benefits of living well (or the perils of living badly); still others offer suggestions for handling the process of death and include a few near-death experience stories. Of course, we’ll also study that medieval pandemic, the Black Death. The last unit of course will engage texts that involve the “afterlife” in various forms—we’ll read accounts of people who had visions of in purgatory, a narrative that is arguably a zombie story as well as some ghost stories, and also consider what medieval people thought would happen during the event they recognized as the “Final Judgment.” The texts we study were all written before 1600 and include a wide variety of genres: poems, plays, biography, autobiography, and institutional documents like wills and instructions for priests. We’ll also read and engage with scholarship written about the texts we study. You’ll leave this course thinking, “medieval death: who knew it could be so interesting?” That’s a promise.

 Major Requirement: Pre-1642 

Course Requirements:

Course work includes short low-stakes writing assignments, one exam, and three 1800-2000 word papers.

Schedule

ENGLISH 317 - Literature and Culture
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 In Person
28889
Open
5
 
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TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
002 (LEC)
 In Person
24432
Open
1
 
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MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
003 (LEC)
 In Person
28890
Open
1
 
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MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM
005 (LEC)
 In Person
30229
Open
12
 
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TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM
006 (LEC)
 In Person
32828
Open
2
 
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TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
007 (LEC)
 In Person
33676
Closed
0
 
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TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM

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