Medieval Literature 2

University of Otago

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Medieval Literature 2

  • Host University

    University of Otago

  • Location

    Dunedin, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    English, Literature

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    18 200-level ENGL points

  • Course Level Recommendations

    Upper

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

    18
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    A study of Chaucer and other Middle English authors

    This paper examines selected Tales from Chaucer's Canterbury Tales and other representative texts of the 13th to 15th centuries. It offers an introduction to medieval English literature and an insight into the culture of late medieval England. The aims of the paper are to develop your facility in reading Middle English, to introduce you to a range of genres and kinds of writing from the period, to explore the ways in which medieval literature is similar to or different from modern literature and to develop the critical skills that facilitate the reading of medieval literature in the light of the cultural and literary traditions of the period.

    Learning Outcomes
    Students will:
    -Develop facility in reading Middle English
    -Be introduced to a range of genres and kinds of writing from the period
    -Explore the ways in which medieval literature is similar to or different from modern literature
    -Develop the critical skills that facilitate the reading of medieval literature in the light of the cultural and literary traditions of the period

    Textbooks
    Course Reader: Selected Middle English Lyrics and Pearl (available at the Print Shop)
    Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, edited and translated by W.R.J. Barron (revised ed., Manchester University Press, 1998)
    Geoffrey Chaucer The Canterbury Tales: Fifteen Tales and the General Prologue, ed. V.A. Kolve (Norton Critical Edition)

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