ENGLISH 450 - Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Literature
Fall 2020, Section 001 - Self and Society in Earlier English Literature
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  Online (see other Sections below)
Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature

Details

Credits:
3
Waitlist Capacity:
unlimited
Consent:
With permission of instructor.
Repeatability:
May be repeated for a maximum of 8 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
Primary Instructor:

Description

Some of the most fascinating and challenging works in earlier English literature worry at the problems that arise when people seek to find and understand themselves, both as inwardly defined individuals and as socially defined members of various groups: a marriage, a friendship, a noble court, or a nation, for instance. Do self-discovery and social identity confirm and support one another? Do they undermine or even endanger one another? How does literature contribute to the quest for a self, whether in or out of society? We will read a variety of literary versions of the relation of self and society, including Beowulf; works by Marie de France, Chaucer, the Gawain-poet, and Malory; and selections from the prolific Middle English writer Anonymous. We will also consider key critical approaches to discern how current debates can open our eyes to new questions and insights. Old English and Old French works will be read in translation; those in Middle English will be read in the original language, aided by editions designed to make them accessible.

Course Requirements:

Work for the course will include (almost) weekly short responses and close readings, one critical essay (5 pages), and a “Choose Your Own Adventure” final assignment, in which you may choose to write a second, longer critical essay (10 pages) or submit a portfolio of shorter pieces from those you have written throughout the term . This course meets the pre-1642 and poetry requirements for the English concentration.

Intended Audience:

No prior knowledge of Middle English is expected or required.

Intended audience: Online-only students are welcome!

Class Format:

Exams: Asynchronous and Online

Lectures: Synchronous/Asynchronous and Online

Class Discussions: Synchronous/Asynchronous and Online

Schedule

ENGLISH 450 - Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Literature
Schedule Listing
001 (REC)
 Online
33698
Open
19
 
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MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM

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