E 392M • MEDIEVAL FIELD SURVEY
12:30 PM-2:00 PM
This course introduces students to a variety of current areas, topics, and methodologies in medieval English studies. Covering Old and Middle English genres, the course will include presentations from various members of the medievalist faculty on their particular areas of expertise and current research. During the semester we will focus our attention on four important texts spanning the most generous configuration of the "medieval" period and its genres-- the Consolation of Philosophy, a text translated into Anglo-Saxon and by Chaucer, Hilton and Elizabeth I; the french Roman de la Rose, the Middle English Pearl, and Walter Hilton's Scala perfectionis. These philosophical, allegorical, and devotional texts are in different ways central to medieval English literary studies but are seldom encountered in most regularly organized courses. During the semester we will also make a number of visits to the HRC to introduce codicological, paleographical, and editorial methodologies and theories to our discussion of these texts.