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ENG 310 Medieval Literature

Faculty: Gross
Content: Study of the literature and culture of the European Middle Ages, with an emphasis on England. Topics vary, but may include romance and epic; travel, including for trade, pilgrimage, and crusade; saints, devotional life, and mysticism; Jewish/Christian/Muslim interactions; human/animal relations; chivalry and humanism; autobiography and the self; the political, social, and religious contexts that affected the emergence of English as a literary language. English readings may include “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight,” “Pearl,” William Langland’s “Piers Plowman,” Margery Kempe’s “Book,” Julian of Norwich’s “Revelations,” the “Cloud of Unknowing,” “St. Erkenwald,” “Sir Orfeo,” “Mandeville’s Travels,” the “Croxton Play of the Sacrament,” and the poetry of Robert Henryson, as well as poems and plays by anonymous writers in Old and Middle English. Readings will be in the original and translation.
Prerequisites: None.
Restrictions: Junior standing required.
Usually offered: Alternate Years, fall and spring semester.
Semester credits: 4.