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Medieval and Renaissance Literature

Offered 2019-2020!

This two-semester, one-credit course gives high school students greater skill in essay writing. All writing assignments are based on great works of literature. Students should expect to plan, draft, or revise part of an essay each week in addition to reading. At the conclusion of each semester, students give a brief presentation on one of their essays for Defense Day.

You can pair this course with Medieval and Renaissance History!

REQUIRED TEXTS – Any edition/translation may be used, but hard copies are required.

  • Beowulf — (Recommended: Heaney translation, ISBN: 9780393320978)
  • Dante — Divine Comedy: Inferno (Recommended: Esolen translation, ISBN: 9780345483577)
  • Dante — Divine Comedy: Purgatory (Recommended: Esolen translation, ISBN: 9780812971255)
  • Dante — Divine Comedy: Paradise (Recommended: Esolen translation, ISBN: 9780812977264)
  • Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (Recommended: Stone translation, ISBN: 9780140440928)
  • Chaucer — Canterbury Tales (Recommended: Coghill translation, ISBN: 9780140424386)
  • Spenser — The Faerie Queene (Recommended: Maynard editor, ISBN: 9781885767394)
  • Shakespeare — Henry V (Recommended: Folger edition, ISBN: 9780743484879)
  • Shakespeare — As You Like It (Recommended: Folger edition, ISBN: 9780743484862)

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Image: (c) 2015 Grace Hughbanks – Renaissance map of Italy, Vatican City