Medieval and Renaissance English Literature
(A középkor és a reneszánsz angol irodalma) in spring 2015
, Tue 09:15–10:45
seminar, 30 h/term; strong prereq: BBN-ANG-112
description & set texts
The seminar offers a text-based approach to medieval and Renaissance English literature. Its aim is to provide students with basic knowledge regarding the authors/works discussed as well as to encourage individual readings/interpretations of texts and other phenomena of the period.
CLASS 1. Introduction to Anglo-Saxon (Old English) language and literature, The story of Caedmon. CLASS 2. Pagan and Christian. Beowulf and The Dream of the Rood. CLASS 3. Middle English Literature: Chaucer and The Canterbury Tales (The General Prologue, Chaucer's Retraction). CLASS 4. Chaucer: The Canterbury Tales (The Wife of Bath's Prologue and Tale, The Pardoner's Prologue and Tale). CLASS 5. Medieval drama, The Second Shepherd's Play. CLASS 6. IN-CLASS QUIZ. (45 min)Introduction: The English Renaissance Literary Scene CLASS 7. Renaissance drama: Christopher Marlowe: Doctor Faustus. CLASS 8. Introduction to Shakespeare studies (advice on doing research and avoiding plagiarism), Shakespeare: A Midsummer Night's Dream. CLASS 9. Shakespeare: Othello. CLASS 10. The sonneteering tradition – Wyatt, Surrey, Sidney, Spenser Class 11. Shakespeare’s Sonnets CLASS 12. Poems by Donne, Marvell and Milton Class 13. In-class ESSAY on Renaissance English Literature (90 min.)
requirements & assessment
Careful reading of set texts is essential, participation in discussion is strongly encouraged.Optional: short presentation on a given topic (5-10 min).
Compulsory: in-class quiz on the literature of the Middle Ages at mid-term (45 min)and final in-class essay (90 min) on a Renaissance work/aspect.