CourseEng 211.001, Fall 2017
TitleLiterature and the Arts: Medieval to Modern
Time/PlaceM/W/F 2:00-2:50pm, Callaway S101
InstructorMs. Jenny Bledsoe
Office hoursW 3:00-4:00pm, F 12:00-1:00pm, and by appointment (Callaway N312)

London, British Library, MS Royal 19 C ii, f. 48v

Course description
We will read medieval literature within its original multimedia context, an artistic culture which includes painting, manuscript illuminations, architecture, sculpture, and more. We will extend our analysis outside the chronological bounds of the Middle Ages (500–1500), pairing medieval works with later text(s) and/or image(s) inspired by a medieval story or theme. Through our readings, we will discuss the place of medieval literature as a form of “making” within a flourishing artistic culture, the ways that different art forms allow us to tell different types of stories, and how medieval narratives and themes permeate literature and art to the present.

Note: Background image of Trinity College, Dublin, by flickr user David Iliff and header image of a manuscript in the Getty Museum by flickr user Tom Coates.