I conjure you all ... to believe with me, that there are many mysteries contained in poetry, which of purpose were written darkly, lest by profane wits it should be abused.
--Sidney, Defense of Poetry
Course description: This course offers a selective survey of major British authors from 700-1600. Our readings include selections from Old English, Middle English, and Renaissance literature, including Beowulf, Chaucer, Sidney, and Shakespeare. Classes will involve lectures and discussions of the texts, quizzes, a midterm, a final examination and two five-page papers (one of them quasi-creative).
Weekly Lecture Outlines:
3. The Wanderer