Medieval and Renaissance English Literature
(A középkor és a reneszánsz angol irodalma) in spring 2015
, Tue 10:00–11:30
seminar, 30 h/term; strong prereq: BBN-ANG-112
description & set texts
This is a practical class accompanying the lecture about Medieval and Renaissance English literature. It roughly follows the lectures, giving slightly more emphasis to Medieval topics.
February 11 Introduction, Caedmon's Hymn
February 18 The Seafarer, The Dream of the Rood
February 25 Beowulf (selection), The Battle of Brunanburh
March 4 Chaucer: The Canterbury Tales: General Prologue
March 11 Chaucer: The Canterbury Tales: The Miller’s Tale
Chaucer: The Canterbury Tales: The Nun’s Priest’
March 18 The York Play of the Crucifixion
March 25 Christopher Marlowe: Doctor Faustus
April 1 Wyatt: Whoso list to hunt, W. Shakespeare: Sonnets 15, 55, 71, 138
April 8 W. Shakespeare: The Tempest
April 15 John Donne: Holy Sonnet XIV, Milton: On his blindness
April 29 W. Shakespeare: A Midsummer Night's Dream
May 6 Open book written exam
May 13 Discussion of papers, closing the term.
Beowulf selection (by line numbers): 1-498, 607-661, 710-876, 925-956, 1383-1650, 1700-1887, 1986-2019, 2510-2821, 3136-end. Use a verse translation!
York Play of the Crucifixion: www.reed.utoronto.ca/yorkplays/York35.html
requirements & assessment
Oral and written work: participation in class discussions is essential together with the quizzes written every time about the longer readings. Quizzes missed for whatever reason are 1. The worst one does not count, all the rest do. Students are also required to write a 3-page typewritten essay about one of the topics suggested by the teacher during the class and hand it in by April 29th-30th. There is also an end-of-term open-book in-class written exam (May 6th), which cannot be missed.
Grading: Oral and written work both contribute to the grade in an equal measure. The course cannot be completed without both the essay and the test reaching the pass mark of 2. No more than three absences are tolerated.