Unit 3. Manuscripts and Woodcuts: Books, Everyday Life, and Social Class
MONDAY, OCTOBER 2
For fun: Medieval scribes’ complaints
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 4
- Class visit to Pitts Theology Library’s Special Collections to view their medieval manuscripts and fragments. No additional reading; we will likely discuss Monday’s readings during Wednesday’s session as well.
- We will meet at the entrance to the Pitts Theology Library. If you haven’t been before, here are some directions that explain the library’s location in the new Pitts building. We’ll all gather at the main entrance to the library, and then we’ll make our way up to Special Collections as a group.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 6
- William Langland’s Piers Plowman, prologue & pass. I–II (2–37, focus on translation, which appears on odd-numbered pages) (R) — Note: shorter reading than originally assigned (see updates to course schedule)
- Image of a Piers Plowman manuscript: read brief intro and take a look at the page from the manuscript at the bottom. How is the text is laid out? How is decoration used?
In class today:
Reading schedule updated 9/13/17.
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 11
- Classes cancelled for Hurricane Irma.
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13
- The Voyage of St Brendan (211–45) (R)
From class today:
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 15
- Mandeville, The Book of Marvels and Travels, excerpts from Chs 3, 13, 14, & 15 (14–16, 62–79) (R) – Note: Skip the Middle English prologue originally assigned. The Mandeville files on course reserves are now combined into one PDF with all four chapters. We may not have time to discuss this entire reading because of the presentations today, but we will continue our discussion of Mandeville next week as well.
- Browse digital facsimile of Mandeville manuscript; see also this illumination from another Mandeville manuscript
- 3 individual presentations: Jessica, Stuart, and Firat
Unit 2. Art and the Other: Monsters, Amazons, and Travelogues
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 4
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6
- Jeffrey Jerome Cohen, “Monster Theory, Seven Theses” (3–20) (R)
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 8
From class today:
At the end of this week (in class on Friday, September 1), I will pass around a sign-up sheet for individual presentations. I am waiting until the end of Add/Drop/Swap to solidify our presentation schedule. If, however, you know that you would like to present on a certain day, you can email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) before September 1 to reserve a spot (first come, first serve basis). As noted on the syllabus, for the presentation, you will choose one primary source from the week’s assigned readings, so you may want to select your presentation based on the primary sources, the unit’s themes, or your schedule for the semester. Visit the assignment page for a list of dates and primary source options.
MONDAY, AUGUST 28
- Geoffrey of Monmouth, History of the Kings of Britain, chs 1–4 & 16–18 (2–6, 20–22) (R)
- Treharne, Ch 1: “Literary Origins” (12–22) & Ch 3: “Literary Spaces, Literary Identities” (36–54) (T)
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 30
- Geoffrey Chaucer, “The Former Age” (read Middle English alongside the translation)
- Chazelle, Doubleday, Lifshitz, & Remensnyder, “Introduction,” Why the Middle Ages Matter (1–14) (R)
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 1