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    EH 649: Medieval Monsters (graduate)























    EH 649: Medieval Monsters aims to explore identity and monstrosity in European medieval
    literature. We will read a variety of texts spanning several centuries that explore traditional
    monsters (werewolves, etc.), as well as monstrousness and animality via race (Jews and Saracens)
    and hybridity (hybrid races, hybrid monsters, hybrid animals). 
    We will read texts in the original
    Middle English where available, and translations of Old French and Latin works.


    Syllabus

    Assignments


    Calendar

    Aug. 18 Introduction to Course, Syllabus, Documents, Texts

    HW: Read Cohen "Monster Culture (Seven Theses)" (ANGEL); Beowulf lines 1-1939

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    Aug. 23 Beowulf

    HW: Read Of Giants "introduction" and chapter 1; finish Beowulf

     

    Aug. 25 Beowulf

    HW: Read “The Kin of Cain” and “From Grettir’s Saga (Beowulf book pp. 91-93 and 200-217); Read Geoffrey of Monmouth Part One (pp. 50-74)

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    Aug. 30 Beowulf; begin Geoffrey of Monmouth

    HW: Read Of Giants chapter 2

     

    Sept. 1 Geoffrey of Monmouth

    HW: Read Geoffrey of Monmouth Part Seven (pp. 212-261)

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    Sept. 6 Arthur in Geoffrey of Monmouth

    HW: Read Of Giants chapter 6; Read Marie de France’s “Yonek” (pp. 86-93)

     

    Sept. 8 finish Geoffrey of Monmouth; Marie de France’s “Yonek”

    HW: Read Marie de France’s “Bisclavret” (pp. 68-73); Giorgio Agamben’s Homo Sacer (ANGEL)

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    Sept. 13 Marie de France’s “Bisclavret”

    HW: Read Melion (ANGEL); Wolfe “Human, All Too Human” (ANGEL)

     

    Sept. 15 Melion and the animal

    HW: Read Gerald of Wales’ Itinerariam Cambriae (Book 1 chapters 2 and 10; Book 2 chapter 11) (ANGEL) and Topographia Hibernica pages 44-52 of pdf here: http://www.yorku.ca/inpar/topography_ireland.pdf; Cohen “Hybrids, Monsters, Borderlands” (ANGEL)

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    Sept. 20 Reading Response Essay Due; Gerald of Wales

    HW: Mandeville’s Travels excerpts (ANGEL); Salih “Idols and Simulacra” (ANGEL)

     

    Sept. 22 Mandeville’s Travels

    HW: Read Guy of Warwick “introduction” and lines 1-517

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    Sept. 27 Guy of Warwick

    HW: Read Guy of Warwick lines 518-1604

     

    Sept. 29 Guy of Warwick

    HW: Read Guy of Warwick lines 1604-2784

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    Oct. 4 Guy of Warwick

    HW: complete Close Reading Essay; finish Guy; read Of Giants chapter 3

     

    Oct. 6 Fall Break

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    Oct. 11 Close Reading Essay Due; Guy of Warwick


    Oct. 13 film Black Death

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    Oct. 18 film Black Death

    HW: Read Plague material (ANGEL)

     

    Oct. 20 Black Plague; religious persecution

    HW: Read Siege of Jerusalem (linked to online introduction); Siege of Jerusalem (link to online poem); Heng “The Romance of England” (ANGEL)

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    Oct. 25 Siege of Jerusalem

    HW:

     

    Oct. 27 Siege of Jerusalem

    HW: Read Sir Gawain and the Green Knight  (linked to online version)

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    Nov. 1: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

    HW: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight; Bennett and Royle,  “The Uncanny” (ANGEL)

     

    Nov. 3 Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

    HW: finish Bibliography and Critical Review

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    Nov. 8; Annotated Bibliography and Critical Review Due; Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

    HW: complete abstracts; The Awntyrs of Arthure at Terne Wathlyn Introduction (online) and text  (online); Bennett and Royle “Ghosts” (ANGEL)

     

    Nov. 10 Seminar Paper Abstracts Due (no more than 500 words); Awntyrs of Arthure

    HW: Read Sir Gawain and the Carl of Carlisle (online) and text (online)

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    Nov. 15 Sir Gawain and the Carl of Carlisle

    HW: Read Sir Orfeo (online); Evans, “Sir Orfeo and the Bare Life” (ANGEL)

     

    Nov. 17 Sir Orfeo

    HW: work on Seminar Paper

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    Nov. 22 TBA

    HW: work on Seminar Paper

     

    Nov. 24 Thanksgiving Break

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    Nov. 29 Seminar Paper Due; Surveys, wrap-up