English 100

Junior Seminar: The Nineteenth-Century Middle Ages

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
6 Spring 2009 Thornbury, Emily V.
Thornbury, Emily
TTh 3:30-5 222 Wheeler

Other Readings and Media

Walpole, H., The Castle of Otranto; Scott, Walter, Ivanhoe; Tennyson, Alfred, Idylls of the King; Morris, William, A Dream of John Ball; Twain, Mark, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court; Jefferies, Richard, After London; Alexander, Michael, Medievalism: The Middle Ages in Modern England (recommended); Course reader. (Students are advised to attend the first class before purchasing books.)


The ‘Gothic’ or Medieval Revival gave life to a wide variety of literature in the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. This course will examine a number of novels and narrative poems arising from this movement, with a particular focus on the ways in which authors used the British Middle Ages as a lens to examine issues of social justice and the quality of everyday life in the nineteenth century. Requirements for the course will include a substantial term paper and research presentations.

The seminar requirement for the English major may be satisfied by any ONE of the following:  English 100, 150, 150AC, or H195A-B.
Be sure to read the paragraph on page 1 of this Announcement of Classes regarding enrollment in English 100!

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