ENGLISH 450 - Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Literature
Winter 2022, Section 001 - Medieval Rebels
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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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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Start/End Date:
Full Term 1/5/22 - 4/19/22 (see other Sections below)
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Across England in 1381, workers came together to demand more respect and better working conditions. It was a forceful, impressive, and coordinated uprising that made an impression on many of the era’s writers. But the story of the Great Rising of 1381 isn’t as well-known as you’d think: those in power after the revolt was quieted wished the rebels to be forgotten or remembered badly, and, to a great extent, that’s what happened. This course aims to remember them well, and especially to acknowledge and pay heed to the texts they produced themselves, the texts that inspired them, and the texts that they inspired.

The rebels circulated news among themselves by means of several remarkable letters, some of them in verse, which we’ll study, along with the great Middle English poem Piers Plowman, which appears to have been a source of great inspiration to them. We will also read medieval historical chroniclers’ accounts of the revolt, which take considerable creative license to tell the “official” history of the revolt a certain way, and poems based on the revolt written by Geoffrey Chaucer and his lesser-known contemporary John Gower. Additionally, the revolt stimulated a number of anonymous poems of social critique and bears connections to poems and other creative texts associated with the religious heresy known as Lollardy — we will study a range of these works as well. Sign up for this course to learn about some early heroes of the labor movement!

Work for the course includes one exam, two major papers of 6 or so pages in length, and short, weekly low-stakes assignments. 


ENGLISH 450 - Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Literature
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001 (REC)
 In Person
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
1/5/22 - 4/19/22

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