Medieval

Weeks 2-5 of Class

Week 2

Monday, August 31: Beowulf, Fitts 0-14 (roughly the first third of the poem); “The Wanderer” and “The Wife’s Lament.” [Content Notice (hereafter CN): graphic violence] “What’s a Fitt?” you ask? It’s a stanza or chapter in Old English verse narrative.

Wednesday, September 2: Beowulf, Fitts 15-29 (roughly the middle third of the poem); Kim’s ‘The Question of Race in Beowulf.” [CN: graphic violence]

Week 3

Monday, September 7: Beowulf, Fitts 30-43 (roughly the last third of the poem); Cohen’s “Monster Culture (Seven Theses)” [CN: ableism, graphic violence]

Wednesday, September 9: Marie de France’s “Bisclavret“; Medieval Disability Glossary entry on “Lycanthropy“; Hodes’s “Orcs, Britons, and the Martial Race Myth, Part I: A Species Built for Racial Terror” [CN: ableism, graphic violence, racist stereotypes]

Week 4

Monday, September 14: Marie de France’s “Lanval“; Hoccleve’s “Complaint.” [CN: ableism, depression, suicidal ideation]

Wednesday, September 16: Marie de France’s “Chevrefoil“; Rambaran-Olm’s “‘Black Death’ Matters: A Modern Take on a Medieval Pandemic.” [CN: pandemic, police brutality, systemic anti-black racism]

Week 5

Monday-Wednesday, September 21-23: No synchronous class meetings! Instead, book and attend a one-on-one Teams Conferences and a small group Peer Review for our First Projects.

First Projects due by the end of the day on Sunday, September 27.