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.
Max Enrollment: 25
Prerequisites: Open to all students who have taken two literature courses in the department, at least one of which must be 200 level, or by permission of the instructor to other qualified students. Not open to students who have taken ENG 214/MER 214.
Distribution Requirements: LL - Language and Literature
Typical Periods Offered: Every other year
Semesters Offered this Academic Year: Not Offered
Notes: This course is also offered at the 200-level as ENG 214/MER 214.