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Elizabeth Cullingford, Chair CAL 226, Mailcode B5000, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-4991

Fall 2005

E 392M • Late Medieval Literary London

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
33705 MW
2:00 PM-3:30 PM
PAR 305
Scala

Course Description

This course investigates the literary productions of late medieval London (roughly, 1380-1532) and the various cultures in which such literature emerges and to which these works attest. Reading material by Chaucer, Gower, Langland, the Gawain-poet, Hoccleve, Usk, Caxton, and deWorde we will look at these London productions in relation to merchantile, courtly, bureaucratic, scribal, bookshop, and print cultures. Crucially important will be the textual forms in which these literary works survive and are disseminated. Therefore we will attend not only to the production of such material - how the conditions of production shaped the texts in this late medieval metropolis - but also the consumption of such texts in this environment. We will thus also read popular texts written earlier, like the romances, out of important manuscripts produced in this period. Instead of organizing the course exclusively around particular writers, we will instead also be oriented around different manuscripts and books: the Auchinleck MS, the Findern MS, Speght's 1532 edition of Chaucer's Works, among others.

Texts

Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales

Langland, Piers Plowman

Gower, Vox Clamantis, Confessio Amantis

Sir Gawain the Green Knight

Hoccleve, selections

Usk, Testament of Love

Caxton, Prologues and Epilogues

Lydgate, "London Lickpenny"

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