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Spring 2014 English BC3158 section 001
MEDIEVAL LITERATURE

Call Number 05643
Day & Time
Location
MW 4:10pm-5:25pm
409 Barnard Hall
Points 3
Approvals Required None
Instructor Christopher C Baswell
Type LECTURE
Course Description It’s easy to forget that medieval literature wasn’t always old and (to many of us) “quaint.”  For writers and artists of that era, they were modern, too.  But they also imagined their own past – their legendary heroes and heroines, their ancient Greek and Roman predecessors – and (like many of us) they often had a nostalgic yearning for that lost time.  This course will explore a number of forms of medieval literature, mostly British but also some continental, as it explores versions of its past, and especially the tragic story of Troy.  Our reading will include romances (including Arthurian tales), dream visions, saints’ lives, and lyrics.  At the core of our reading will be Geoffrey Chaucer’s heartbreaking romance tragedy Troilus and Criseyde, set in the later days of the Trojan War.  We will also explore some of the often beautiful medieval manuscripts in which these texts were copied.  We will read some Middle English texts in the original language; we’ll study French and Latin texts in translation. 
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Department English @Barnard
Enrollment 17 students as of 11:28PM Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Subject English
Number BC3158
Section 001
Division Barnard College
Open To Barnard, Columbia College, Engineering and Applied Science: Undergraduate, General Studies, Graduate School of Arts and Science
Campus Barnard College
Section key 20141ENGL3158X001

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