MEDVL 2100

MEDVL 2100

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2023-2024.

Romances were, essentially, medieval science fiction and fantasy writing. They were how authors in the Middle Ages imagined things beyond rational understanding that, at the same time, greatly extended the possibilities of the world around them.  The course will survey some medieval narratives concerned with representative voyages to the otherworld or with the impinging of the otherworld upon ordinary experience. The syllabus will normally include some representative Old Irish otherworld literature:  selections from The Mabinogion; selections from the Lays of Marie de France; Chretian de Troye's Erec, Yvain, and Lancelot; and the Middle English Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.  We will finish by looking at a few contemporary otherworld romances, such as selections from J.R.R. Tolkein. All readings will be in modern English. This class counts toward the pre-1800 requirement for English majors.

When Offered Spring.

Breadth Requirement (HB)
Distribution Category (ALC-AS, HST-AS, LA-AS)

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: ENGL 2100

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 17199 MEDVL 2100   LEC 001

  • Instruction Mode: In Person