This course provides students an exposure to English and French literature important for the English literary tradition, in modern translations, from the very Early to Late Middle Ages. The course will include SOME Arthurian material, but will also look at examples of typical medieval literature concerned with the world and its challenges from 800 to 1500. Readings may include: fiction and historical chronicles, dream visions, poetry and drama, saints' lives, as well as some attention to medieval visual art and artifacts that can deepen our understanding of the world of early, high, and late medieval English literature. Requirements include: attendance, participation, quizzes, 2 papers, a group presentation project, final exam.
Lower-division Elective courses allow students to choose (or “elect”) courses or faculty specific to their own developing interests, enabling them thereby to shape their own educational experience.
Lower-division Elective courses allow students to choose (or “elect”) courses or faculty specific to their own developing interests, enabling them thereby to shape their own educational experience. Major II students can also use one lower-division elective to fulfill the Writing Requirement with ENG 209 The Craft of the Sentence.
Arts & Letters (A&L) courses create meaningful opportunities for students to engage actively in the modes of inquiry that define a discipline. Courses are broad in scope and demonstrably liberal in nature (that is, courses that promote open inquiry from a variety of perspectives). Though some courses may focus on specialized subjects or approaches, there will be a substantial course content locating that subject in the broader context of the major issues of the discipline. Qualifying courses will not focus on teaching basic skills but will require the application or engagement of those skills through analysis and interpretation.
English Minor courses offer students centuries of cultural experience and representation in poetry, prose, drama, film, TV, new media, and folk artifacts. The English minor can focus and extend the values of a liberal arts education, while also providing extensive training in writing, speaking, and critical thinking.