English 110

Medieval Literature: Before Chaucer - Philosophical Fictions from Vergil to Boccaccio

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
1 Spring 2009 Justice, Steven
Justice, Steven
TTh 2-3:30 Note new location: 50 Birge

Other Readings and Media

Vergil: Aeneid; Augustine: Confessions; Boethius: Consolation of Philosophy; G. de Lorris and J. de Meun: Romance of the Rose; Dante: Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso; selections from Cicero, Ovid, Macrobius, Prudentius, Petrarch, and Boccaccio.


Aeneid, Augustine’s Confessions, Boethius’ Consolation of Philosophy, the Romance of the Rose started by Guillaume de Lorris and continued by Jean de Meun, and Dante’s  Divine Comedy. These will be read alongside selections from other philosophical, exegetical, and literary authors (like Cicero, Ovid, Macrobius, Boccaccio) that will help clarify the questions that the large fictive enterprises tried to answer. We will think about these works both in themselves, in relation to practices of reading and interpretation that they shaped and were shaped by, and as part of a developing and self-defining tradition.

 This course satisfies the pre-1800 requirement for the English major. 

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