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English Literature 1: Medieval

Class at Faculty of Arts |


1 Literature of the Middle Ages. Through a series of miniature textual analyses, this survey course seeks to explore the literature as a product of the medieval mind. The selected texts will be distributed in original with a glossary and, especially in case of Old English literature, in translation. During the reading, we will focus on the central issues of medieval literature:

1. the status of a (literary) text in Early and High Middle Ages;

2. the interaction of oral (native) and learned (Latinate) traditions;

3. the concept of genre; the developments of and interactions between genres;

4. the European context of medieval English literature.