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Medieval Literature

Offered 2020-2021!

  • Time: Thursdays, 1:45 – 3:00 pm
  • Tuition: $50/month (10 months, August-May)
  • Location: Signal Mountain, Tennessee OR online
  • Credit: 1 English credit
  • Grades: 9-12 AND middle school strong readers
  • One-to-one Tutorials: Students will also have opportunities for one-to-one tutorials to discuss with the tutor how they can improve their written work.
  • Required Texts: (Hard copies are required; recommended editions/translations are listed below)
    • Gwynne’s Grammar (ISBN: 9781984897961)
    • Beowulf — (Recommended: Heaney translation, ISBN: 9780393320978)
    • Song of Roland — (Recommended: Sayers translation, ISBN: 9780140440751)
    • Dante — Divine Comedy — (Recommended: Esolen translation, ISBNs listed below)
      • Inferno (ISBN: 9780345483577)
      • Purgatory (ISBN: 9780812971255)
      • Paradise (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, Book 1 (Recommended: Maynard editor, ISBN: 9781885767394)
    • Shakespeare — Henry V (Recommended: Folger edition, ISBN: 9780743484879)

This course develops students’ skills in essay writing through assignments based on great works of medieval and renaissance literature.

Assessment. Each semester, students write two essays using structures from classical rhetoric and create one semester project (such as a model, costume, map, or piece of art). At the conclusion of each semester, students participate in Defense Day by giving a brief presentation on a topic of their choice from the course and responding to questions.

You can pair this course with Medieval History!

You can add Academic Writing to this course!

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Image: (c) 2019 Grace Hughbanks – San Vitale, Ravenna, Italy