EL 201.02: Medieval English Literature

Class Times/Places: ONLINE Mon 11-13:00; Thurs 10:00

Office Hours: By Zoom appointment


Course Description

This course will introduce students to a wide range of medieval literary and natural philosophical texts, with Geoffrey Chaucer our primary focus. In addition to recognizing and appreciating medieval (Middle English) forms and genres, literary conventions and strategies, themes, plots, and characters, we will read a number of texts focused on an often-confusing medieval “style of thought.” Throughout, we will draw our attention to various aspects of English life in the Middle Ages, including feudal structures and courtly culture, the diversity of religious experience and the development of a standard English vernacular. This background information will offer students a fuller understanding of Chaucer’s legacy as well as help students recognize and appreciate medieval sensibilities, which began to change during and

Texts and Resources

The course readings will be available on Moodle. Supplemental information will be available on my website: