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Martin Kevorkian, Chair CAL 226, Mailcode B5000, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-4991

Spring 2006

E 395N • Middle English

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
34065 TTh
12:30 PM-2:00 PM

Course Description

The first part of the course will be a straightforward description of the phonological, morphological, and syntactic features of the dialects of Middle English. Then we will consider several problems that have stirred recent scholarly debate, including the borderline between poetry and prose, Middle English poetics, and the fourteenth-century roots of the rise of Standard English. A packet of classic and recent articles about the language will guide us in thinking about the Middle English texts and in finding projects for future research.


Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales (The Pardoner's Tale)

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

William Langland, Piers Plowman

The alliterative Morte Arthure

John Barbour, The Bruce

The Travels of Sir John Mandeville

Lawman, The Brut

Nun's Guide (Ancrene Wisse)

The Owl and the Nightingale

King Horn

Lyrics: "Sing, cuckoo," "Sunset on Calvary," "When the nightingale sings," etc.

Text: F. Mossé, A Handbook of Middle English


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