ENG 549 Medieval and Renaissance ( Graduate Class)

This course invites students to explore the highly rich and exquisite periods in the history and development of English literature: the medieval and the Renaissance. It examines the impact of Medieval literature on the formation of Renaissance culture that produced prominent authors and thinkers. It does so through the study of major works of poetry, prose, and drama from both ages and by prominent authors and will pay special attention to their social, religious, and political contexts through the selected works.

Week Topic  
1 Registration  Sept. 2  – Sept.6        
Sept. 9  – Sept.13
Yonge Folks' History Of England Chapters 1-18LMS (Pages 2-32)
The Norton Anthology (TNA)10th Edition: Volume A   Intro pages (3-29)
3 Sept. 16 – Sept.20
The Norton Anthology (TNA)10th Edition:: Volume A
Beowulf ( 42-125)
The 13th Warrior (1999)-Movie
4 Sept. 23 – Sept. 27
The Norton Anthology (TNA)10th Edition:: Volume A
Marie De France “Milun,” Lanval,” & “ Chevrefoil.”  ( 159-187)
 “Sir Gawain And The Green Knight” (201-256)
Chaucer: Selections from The Canterbury Tales (256-360)
5  Sept. 30 – Oct. 4
The Norton Anthology (TNA)10th Edition:: Volume A
Margery Kempe: The Book of Margery Kempe (442-456)
Sir Thomas Malory: Morte Darthur or Le Morte D’Arthur ( 534-554)
Everyman (558-580)
6  Oct. 14 – Oct. 18
 Yonge Folks' History Of England Chapters 18-37LMS (Pages 32-66)
The Norton Anthology (TNA)10th Edition:
Volume B Intro pages (3-35)
Turks, Moors, and Englishmen in the Age of Discovery by Matar
7 Christopher Marlowe: Tamburlaine the Great ((Part One & Part Two)
William Shakespeare: Othello & Shakespeare in Love (1998)-Movie
8 Oct. 21 – Oct. 25
William Shakespeare: The Tempest
Ben Jonson: Volpone, or The Fox (991-1089)
Thomas Middleton and Thomas Dekker: The Roaring Girl
9 Oct. 28 – Nov. 1
Three Turk Plays: From Early Modern England Edited by Daniel J. Vitkus
10 Nov. 4 – Nov. 8
The Norton Anthology (TNA)10th Edition:: Volume B
Sir Thomas More: Utopia (41-118)
THE WIDER WORLD: excerpts from the following: (609-657)
Hakluyt’s Dedicatory Epistle to The Principal Navigations,
Leo Africanus on the North Africans,
An English Traveler’s Guide to the North Africans
A Voyage to Equatorial Africa,
A Voyage to the Arctic with Reflections on Racial Difference
Witherington and Lister’s Voyage to West Africa and South America,
Amadas and Barlowe’s Voyage to Virginia,
Hariot’s Report on Virginia,
A Gift for the Sultan
The General History of the Turks
Sir Francis Bacon: The New Atlantis
Thomas Hobbes: From Leviathan (1405-1417)
11 Nov. 11 – Nov. 15
Annotated bibliographies are due on Nov. 13th on LMS.
Aemilia Lanyer: From Salve Deus Rex Judaeorum& The Description of Cookham (980-990)
Elizabeth Cary: The Tragedy of Mariam, the Fair Queen of Jewry
Mary Wroth: from The Countess of Montgomery’s Urania: The First Book (1112-1115)
                       Song (“Love what art thou? A vain thought”) (1115-1116)
                       From Pamphilia to Amphilanthus (1116-1121)
Margaret Cavendish: from Poems and Fancies (1434-1447)
                        From A True Relation of My Birth, Breeding, and Life
                       From The Description of a New World, Called The Blazing World
Katherine Philips: Selected poems (1333-1339)
12 Nov. 18 – Nov. 22
The Norton Anthology (TNA)10th Edition:: Volume B
Sir Walter Ralegh: Selected poems (526-532)
Edmund Spenser: about the author (238-24) & The Faerie Queene (249-456)
Sir Philip Sidney: The Defense of Poesy (547-585) & Astrophil and Stella (586-603)
John Donne: from Songs and Sonnets (920-249) & “Death be Not Proud.”
George Herbert: from The Temple (1255-1276)
Andrew Marvell: from Poems ( 1339-1383)
13 Nov. 25 – Nov. 29
The Norton Anthology (TNA)10th Edition:: Volume B
John Milton: about the author (1447-1451) & Paradise Lost (1495-1768)
14 Dec. 2 – Dec. 6
 Final Exam
15 NA  
16 Dec. 16:  Final paper presentations & Final paper is due on LMS by 11:59 P.M.  
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