TKUC LogoTHE KING'S UNIVERSITY

COURSE NUMBER: ENGL 319
COURSE TITLE: Exploring Medieval British Literature
NAME OF INSTRUCTOR: Brett Roscoe
CREDIT WEIGHT AND WEEKLY TIME DISTRIBUTION: credits 3 (hrs lect 3 - hrs sem 0 - hrs lab 0)
COURSE DESCRIPTION: The Middle Ages span roughly a thousand years (5th-15th centuries) and boast an exciting array of authors (Geoffrey Chaucer, John Lydgate, Margery Kempe) and genres (sagas, romances, mystery plays, allegories). This course explores a specific medieval author, genre, or theme.

Prerequisites: ENGL 214, 215
REQUIRED TEXTS: Benson, Larry D., ed. The Riverside Chaucer. 3rd ed. Houghton Mifflin, 1987. (also called The Wadsworth Chaucer)
MARK DISTRIBUTION IN PERCENT:
Participation 10%
Reading Quizzes 5%
Vocabulary Quizz 5%
Translation Test 15%
Annotated Bibliography 10%
Essay (8-10 pages) 30%
Final Exam 25%
100%
COURSE OBJECTIVES:  Students will …
  • become familiar with the Chaucerian literary corpus, thereby getting to know Chaucer as an author.
  • gain a basic knowledge of Middle English pronunciation and grammar and learn to read and translate Middle English texts.
  • be introduced to and wrestle with interpretive issues surrounding Chaucer’s texts
  • develop close reading skills by learning to appreciate the relation between the form(s) and content of literature.
  • be encouraged to read both sympathetically and critically in a Christian framework.
  • gain practice in academic essay writing and presentations.
COURSE OUTLINE: Introductory Material
  • Jan. 9 Introduction to Course
  • 11 Historical Backgrounds
  • 14 Introduction to Middle English
  • 16 Introduction to Middle English (cont.)
  • 18 Shorter Poems: “Truth,” “Gentilesse”
  • 21 Shorter Poems: “The Former Age” “Fortune”
  • 23 IS Conference (regular classes canceled)
Dream Visions
  • 25 The Parliament of Fowls
  • 28 The Book of the Duchess
  • 30 The Book of the Duchess (cont.)
  • Feb. 1 The House of Fame (book 1)
  • 4 The House of Fame (book 2)
  • 6 The House of Fame (book 3)
Introductory Material (cont.)
  • 8* Courtly love (reading TBA)
  • * Vocabulary Quiz
Canterbury Tales
  • 11 The General Prologue
  • 13 The Knight’s Prologue and Tale
  • 15 The Knight’s Prologue and Tale (cont.)
  • 18-22 Reading Week (no classes)
  • 25 The Miller’s Prologue and Tale
  • 27 The Man of Law’s Prologue and Tale
  • Mar. 1 The Wife of Bath’s Prologue
  • 4 The Wife of Bath’s Tale
  • 6 Translation Test
  • 8 The Friar’s Prologue and Tale
  • 11 The Summoner’s Prologue and Tale
  • 13 The Merchant’s Prologue and Tale
  • 15 The Merchant’s Prologue and Tale (cont.); The Clerk’s Prologue and Tale
  • 18* The Clerk’s Prologue and Tale (cont.)
  • *Annotated bibliography due
  • 20 The Franklin’s Prologue and Tale
  • 22 The Pardoner’s Prologue and Tale
  • 25* The Prioress’ Prologue and Tale
  • *Essay outlines and bibliographies due
  • 27 Sir Thopas’ Prologue and Tale; The Tale of Melibee (selections on Moodle)
  • 29 The Nun’s Priest Prologue and Tale
  • Apr. 1* Chaucer on Screen: Video (TBA)
  • *Essay due
Troilus and Criseyde
  • 3 Troilus and Criseyde (bk. 1)
  • 5 Troilus and Criseyde (bk. 2)
  • 8 Troilus and Criseyde (bk. 3)
  • 10 Troilus and Criseyde (bk. 4)
  • 12 Troilus and Criseyde (bk. 5)
Concluding the Course
  • 15 Chaucer’s Retraction
  • 17 Review


Required texts, assignments, and grade distributions may vary from one offering of this course to the next. Please consult the course instructor for up to date details.

The King's University
Maintained By Glenn J Keeler