ENG214 / MER214
The Global Middle Ages: Stories, Ideas, Communities

This course surveys literary artifacts from the Middle Ages, focusing primarily on case studies that exemplify how medieval men and women constructed, endorsed, or revolutionized their perception of the world. We will explore key genres such as epic poetry, history writing, religious texts, travelogues, lyric, romance, narrative fiction, and theater. For each genre, we will discuss texts written or translated in medieval England side by side with counterparts originating in Africa, and Asia, and Europe. Topics include the Song of Roland, John Mandeville’s Travels, Barlaam and Iosaphat, the Letter of Prester John, and The Thousand and One Nights.

Units: 1

Max Enrollment: 25

Crosslisted Courses:

Prerequisites: None. Not open to students who have taken ENG 314/MER 314.


Distribution Requirements: LL - Language and Literature

Semesters Offered this Academic Year: Not Offered

Notes: This course is also offered at the 300-level as ENG 314/MER 314.