Epic, Romance, and the Love of God: Medieval France and England

Syllabus

INTRODUCTIONS

Week I
Day 1 the "Middle Ages"

Day 2 Germania

Day 3 Anglo-Saxon settlement in Britain

Day 4 "The Wanderer" and "The Seafarer"

EPIC

Week II
Day 1 Beowulf (ll. 1-188)

Day 2 Beowulf (ll. 189-836)

Day 3 Beowulf (ll. 837-1887)

Day 4 Beowulf (ll. 837-1887)

Week III
Day 1 Beowulf (ll. 1888-2537)

Day 2 Beowulf (ll. 2538-3182)

Day 3 Beowulf

Day 4 Beowulf

Week IV
Day 1 Charlemagne and Bodo

Day 2 Introduction to the Song of Roland

Day 3 Song of Roland laisses 1-135

Day 4 Song of Roland laisses 136-213

Week V
Day 1 Song of Roland laisses 214-291

Day 2 Song of Roland and Beowulf

Day 3 Epic: closing ideas

Day 4 Writing

Week VI
Day 1 "Picture-show"

Day 2 Writing workshop

Day 3 1066

Day 4 Romance: an introduction

ROMANCE

Week VII
Day 1 Yvain

Day 2 Yvain

Day 3 Erec & Enide

Day 4 Erec & Enide

Week VIII
Day 1 Lancelot

Day 2 Lancelot

Day 3 Romance

Day 4 Romance vs. Epic

Week IX
Day 1 Picture-show: aspirations in architecture

Day 2 Picture-show: aspirations in architecture

Day 3 Writing workshop

Day 4 Cathedral churches

THE LOVE OF GOD

Week X
Day 1 Mont-Saint-Michel and Chartres

Day 2 The Church and the three orders

Day 3 Monasticism: the Rule of Benedict

Day 4 Convents

Week XI
Day 1 Exegesis: the Song of Songs

Day 2 Caritas vs. cupiditas: psychomachia

Day 3 Romance of the Rose

Day 4 Romance of the Rose

Week XII
Day 1 Romance of the Rose

Day 2 Book of the Duke

Day 3 Book of the Duke

Day 4 Lay Piety

Week XIII
Day 1 Commerce and urbanization

Day 2 Pilgrimages

Day 3 General Prologue

Day 4 Prioress's Prologue and Tale

Week XIV
Day 1 Scholar's Guide and Three Medieval Views of Women

Day 2 Wife of Bath's Prologue

Day 3 Wife of Bath's Tale

Day 4 Writing

LOVE OF EVALUATION

Week XV
Day 1 Writing

Day 2 TBA

Day 3 TBA

Day 4 Potential conclusions

Week XVI
Day 1 TBA

Day 2 Exam review

Day 3 EXAM

Day 4 EXAM


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