Upper-Division Seminar: Violence in Medieval Drama and Literature

Course Number: ENGL 197
Prerequisites: Upper-division standing, English majors only
Advisory Enrollment Information: This course cannot be repeated and is limited to upper-division English majors only.
Catalog Course Entry: ENGL 197
Quarter: Fall 2011
Instructor:
Day(s): MW
Time: 3:30 PM - 4:45 PM
Location: SH 2617
Description:

This course cannot be repeated and is limited to upper-division English majors only. The medieval period has become synonymous with barbaric violence and torture--not only as portrayed on stage and in literature but also as part of the everyday medieval experience. In this class, we put this violent assumption to the test by studying portrayals of medieval violence in theatre (including Cycle and miracle plays) and in literature (including Chaucer). We will supplement the discussions with imagery from medieval art and first-hand descriptions of medieval life.