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

Summer 2007

E s326K • Literature of the Middle Ages in Translation

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
84505 MTWThF
11:30 AM-1:00 PM
PAR 303

Course Description

A course formed around a thirteenth-century map ("Mappa Mundi") and two travelogues, one from the West and one from the Orient. You will learn a new language ("Middle English"), something about other medieval languages (e.g., Arabic, Indian, Chinese), about commerce, about commerce routes, about courtesies in foreign courts, and about important personages, e.g., Prester John, Genghis Khan, and Suleiman the Magnificent. We will use the map to locate places; we will use the travelogues to contrast treatments of the same places, geographical features and personages.

Grading Policy

Paper 60%
Attendance 15%
Presentation 15%
Quizzes 10%


Mandeville, Travels
Ibn Battuta, Travels
A. Ghosh, In an Antique Land


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