English | Literary Masterpieces
L213 | 2192 | Ingham
L213 2192 INGHAM
12:20p-1:10p MWF (30) 3 CR.
The course will focus close attention on texts from early literary
traditions that continue to affect us today. How do the traditions
of medieval courtly love continue to inhabit contemporary
expectations of love? Why was the history of ancient Troy recycled
and rewritten for centuries? How do tropes of those ancient battles
and journeys survive today? Why have stories of King Arthur been so
repetitively popular? Although much of the course will consist of
the reading and interpretation of individual texts, we will also
talk about how an old text influences a later text and how the later
text rereads the earlier one.
Texts we may read include selections from Homerís Odyssey, Ovid's
Metamorphoses, Vergil's Aeneid, the story of Layla and Majnun, love
poetry of the troubadours and trobaritz, Dante's La Vita Nuova,
Chretien de Troyes, Lancelot, The Lais of Marie de France, The
Mabinogi, Geoffrey Chaucerís Troilus and Criseyde and some works by
Boccaccio. Written work will include frequent short responses to
texts, quizzes or exams, and two longer written analyses. Regular
attendance and participation are expected.