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Spring 2020

45A/1

Literature in English: Through Milton

Lectures MW 2-3 in 180 Tan (note new location) + one hour of discussion section per week in 301 Wheeler (sec. 101: F 2-3; sec. 102: F 3-4; sec. 103: Thurs. 10-11; sec. 104: Thurs. 11-12)

This is a story of discovering, then forgetting, then discovering again the fact that a particular language can be used not only for communication but also for creation. At the beginning of our story Caedmon, a shepherd, is called upon in his dream...(read more)

Marno, David
Spring 2020

166/7

Special Topics:
Arthurian Romance

TTh 2-3:30

King Arthur and his Round Table together constitute one of the most enduring imaginative inventions in the European literary tradition. In the modern era, writers and artists have created Arthurian plays, films, poems, novels, cartoons, paintings, ...(read more)

Nolan, Maura
Fall 2019

111/1

Chaucer

MWF 2-3

For more information on this course, please contact Professor Miller at j_miller@berkeley.edu.

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

...(read more)
Miller, Jennifer
Fall 2019

165/2

Special Topics:
The Pleasures of Allegory

MWF 12-1

If you want to understand both how stories are put together and how we experience stories, allegory is not a bad place to start. Broadly speaking, an allegory is a story that demands to be read on more than one level. One version of this&mdash...(read more)

Wilson, Evan
Spring 2019

111/1

Chaucer:
Canterbury Tales

MW 5-6:30

In the late fourteenth century, Geoffrey Chaucer created a fictional pilgrimage in which travelers competed with one another to tell a tale “of best sentence and moost solaas”—meaning, a tale that best combines moral seriousness w...(read more)

Nolan, Maura
Spring 2019

190/6

Research Seminar:
Carnal Knowledge in Medieval and Early Modern Literature

TTh 9:30-11

Medieval feminist scholar Carolyn Dinshaw has argued that the body is "a field on which issues of representation and interpretation are literally and metaphorically played out" ("Eunuch Hermeneutics," 27). This re...(read more)

Miller, Jasmin
Summer 2019

111/1

Chaucer

TuWTh 9:30-12

In this course we will study The Canterbury Tales and its continuations, paying special attention to the topics of imitation, innovation, and literary influence. As we learn about the literary traditions Chaucer so deftly passes over and t...(read more)

Ripplinger, Michelle
Fall 2018

110/1

Medieval Literature

MWF 2-3

For more information on this course, please contact Professor Miller at j_miller@berkeley.edu.

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

...(read more)
Miller, Jennifer
Fall 2018

166/3

Special Topics:
Journeys: British World-Building, c. 700-1700

TTh 11-12:30

"Britain, formerly known as Albion, is an island in the ocean, lying towards the north west at a considerable distance from the coasts of Germany, Gaul, and Spain, which together form the greater part of Europe." (Bede, Ecclesias...(read more)

Miller, Jasmin
Fall 2018

180E/1

The Epic

TTh 12:30-2

Homer’s Iliad was composed in the eighth century BCE. Both the story that it narrated (the conflict between the Greeks and the Trojans) and the particular form that the story took (the genre of the epic) would become foundational bui...(read more)

Nolan, Maura
Fall 2018

211/1

Chaucer:
Early Chaucer

M 3-6

Please note that this course description was revised on April 30.

This course focuses on the works that Chaucer wrote prior to the Canterbury Tales: the Book of the Duchess, Parliament of Fowls, House ...(read more)

Nolan, Maura
Spring 2018

112/1

Middle English Literature

TTh 2-3:30

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

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Hobson, Jacob
Spring 2018

174/2

Literature and History:
History as Literature

TTh 3:30-5

Are the events of the world and human lives meaningful? And if they are, how do we discern the meaning?

History, as a form of narrative literature, seeks to answer these questions. In this class we will read a range of historical texts, w...(read more)

Thornbury, Emily V.
Spring 2018

190/10

Research Seminar:
Pagan Fictions in Christian Literature

TTh 5-6:30

Although late antique and medieval Christian authors routinely decried the falsehood of pagan literature, they could hardly get enough of it. Pagan mythology became not only a major inspiration of medieval poetry and philosophy but even a part of e...(read more)

Hobson, Jacob
Fall 2017

110/1

Medieval Literature

MWF 12-1

For more information about this course, please contact Professor Miller at j_miller@berkeley.edu.

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

...(read more)
Miller, Jennifer
Fall 2017

180L/1

Lyric Verse

TTh 5-6:30 PM

This course will examine the historical trajectory of a very fuzzy category, “lyric,” from its identified origins and early practice in English (anonymous medieval lyrics) to its 20th- and 21st- cent...(read more)

O'Brien, Geoffrey G.
Fall 2017

190/7

Research Seminar:
Monsters, Exiles, and Outlaws in Medieval Literature

TTh 9:30-11

This course focuses on murderers, monsters, and thieves. Zombies, although not our main focus, also arise. Such figures are excluded from society and cut off from their fellow human beings, whether because they have committed an unpardonable crime ...(read more)

Hobson, Jacob
Fall 2017

211/1

Chaucer

This course was canceled (on August 1).

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Justice, Steven
Spring 2017

111/1

Chaucer

TTh 3:30-5

The course will read Chaucer's two greatest works--the Canterbury Tales (easily one of the most entertaining works and one of the most compelling works in English) and the Troilus and Criseyde (perhaps less entertaining, but ...(read more)

Justice, Steven
Spring 2017

190/5

Research Seminar:
Writing a World in Crisis: Medieval and Modern

MWF 1-2

Please note the changes in the topic, book list, and courses description of this class (as of November 22).

This course looks at two distinct moments in which individual authors attempted to create encyclopedic visions in an attemp...(read more)

Perry, R. D.
Fall 2016

110/1

Medieval Literature:
Heaven, Hell, and Fairyland: Visions of Other Worlds in Medieval British Literature

MWF 9-10

This course provides a tour of otherworld visions and journeys in the literature of medieval Britain. After looking at some foundational texts from antiquity that influenced writers up to the present day, we’ll examine the geography of the a...(read more)

Thornbury, Emily V.
Fall 2016

170/1

Literature and the Arts:
The Deaths and Lives of Saints

MWF 11-12

The paradox of Western sainthood is summed up by a phrase from Latin calendars: dies natalis, “birthday.” Marking a saint’s chief feast, the dies natalis celebrates the day of his or her death: death as birth wi...(read more)

Thornbury, Emily V.
Fall 2016

190/6

Research Seminar:
The Medium Is the Message: Reading Poetry in Manuscript & Print, 1300-1600

TTh 9:30-11

Modern readers almost exclusively encounter medieval and Renaissance literature in highly mediated anthologies and scholarly editions, far removed from the manuscripts and early print books in which they first circulated. In this course, we will p...(read more)

Bahr, Stephanie M
Fall 2016

190/7

Research Seminar:
Note new topic: Troy and Tragedy

TTh 11-12:30

Note the new topic (and book list and instructor):

From the earliest moments of the western literary tradition, the story of the fall of Troy has been associated with the genre of tragedy. This course charts that association from Ancient Ro...(read more)

Perry, R. D.
Spring 2016

111/1

Chaucer

This course has been canceled.

...(read more)
No instructor assigned yet.
Spring 2016

180E/1

The Epic: Legends of Troy

TTh 2-3:30

Homer’s Iliad was composed in the eighth century BCE. Both the story that it narrated (the conflict between the Greeks and the Trojans) and the particular form that the story took (the genre of the epic) would become foundational bu...(read more)

Nolan, Maura
Spring 2016

190/9

Research Seminar:
Medieval and Renaissance Lyric

TTh 2-3:30

From drinking songs and poems of seduction to works of religious meditation and devotion, the lyric reflects a variety of subjects and concerns.  This course serves as an extensive introduction to lyric poetry from the twelfth to the sixteent...(read more)

Crosson, Chad Gregory
Fall 2015

190/11

Research Seminar:
Poetry and Poetics in the Middle Ages

TTh 2-3:30

This class will explore early England's shifting literary landscape in order to better understand what poetry was and what it was for in the Middle Ages. Juxtaposing our close analyses of individual poems and groups of poems with medieval theo...(read more)

T. B. A.
Spring 2015

112/1

Middle English Literature

TTh 11-12:30

For more information on this course, please contact Professor Miller at j_miller@berkeley.edu.

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

...(read more)
Miller, Jennifer
Fall 2014

45A/1

Literature in English: Through Milton

MW 12-1 + discussion sections F 12-1

This course will focus on three extraordinary works of late medieval and early modern English literature:  Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, Spenser's Faerie Queene, and Milton's Paradise Lost.  We'll...(read more)

Knapp, Jeffrey
Fall 2014

45A/2

Literature in English: Through Milton

MW 2-3 + discussion sections F 2-3

In this course you will explore some of the great foundational works of English literature, ranging from the very earliest period up to Milton's Paradise Lost. In the process, you will learn to understand--and even speak!--the forms o...(read more)

Thornbury, Emily V.
Spring 2014

110/1

Medieval Literature:
Heaven, Hell, and Fairyland - Visions of Other Worlds

MWF 2-3

This course provides a tour of otherworld visions and journeys in the literature of medieval Britain. After looking at some foundational texts from antiquity that influenced writers up to the present day, we’ll examine the geography of the a...(read more)

Thornbury, Emily V.
Spring 2014

111/1

Chaucer

TTh 11-12:30

For more information on this course, please contact Professor Miller at j_miller@berkeley.edu.

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

...(read more)
Miller, Jennifer
Fall 2012

45A/1

Literature in English: Through Milton

MW 2-3 + discussion sections F 2-3

This class introduces students to the production of poetic narrative in English through the close study of major works in that tradition: the Canterbury Tales, The Faerie Queene, Doctor Faustus, Donne's lyrics, and Paradise Lost.(read more)

Landreth, David
Fall 2012

45A/2

Literature in English: Through Milton

MW 3-4 + discussion sections F 3-4

An introduction to English literary history from the fourteenth through the seventeent...(read more)

Justice, Steven
Spring 2012

45A/1

Literature in English: Through Milton

MW 11-12, + discussion sections F 11-12

This course will introduce students to Chaucer, Spenser, Donne, and Milton; to literary history as a mode of inquiry; and to the analysis of the way literature makes meaning, produces emotional experience, and shapes the way human beings think abo...(read more)

Arnold, Oliver
Arnold, Oliver
Spring 2012

45A/2

Literature in English: Through Milton

MW 1-2, + discussion sections F 1-2

In this course you will explore some of the great foundational works of English literature, ranging from the very earliest period up to Milton's Paradise Lost. In the process, you will learn to understand--and even speak!--the forms o...(read more)

Thornbury, Emily V.
Thornbury, Emily
Spring 2012

190/8

Research Seminar:
Medieval English Poetry

TTh 12:30-2

The poetry of medieval England, often witty, sometimes moving, occasionally shocking, and frequently creative in form, style and use of language, has inspired poets including Seamus Heaney, Gerard Manley Hopkins and Geoffrey Hill. We will be explo...(read more)

Lankin, Andrea
Spring 2012

212/1

Readings in Middle English:
The Auchinleck Manuscript

W 3-6

This course will consider a wide range of Middle English writing through examination of a single manuscript book surviving to us from the early fourteenth-century:  Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, Advocates' MS 19.2.1, now known ...(read more)

Miller, Jennifer
Miller, Jennifer
Fall 2011

110/1

Medieval Literature

TTh 3:30-5

For more information on this course, please contact Professor Miller at j_miller@berkeley.edu.

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

...(read more)
Miller, Jennifer
Fall 2010

110/1

Medieval Literature

TTh 2-3:30

This course provides a tour of otherworld visions and journeys in the literature of medieval Britain. After looking at some foundational texts from antiquity that influenced writers up to the present day, we’ll examine the geography of the a...(read more)

Thornbury, Emily V.
Thornbury, Emily
Spring 2010

111/1

Chaucer

MWF 2-3

Please contact Jennifer Miller at j_miller@berkeley.edu for more information about this course.

This course satisfies the pre-1800 requirement for the English major....(read more)
Miller, Jennifer
Miller, Jennifer
Fall 2009

110/1

Medieval Literature: The Alliterative Line, Tradition and Innovation

TTh 11-12:30

This course will explore the poetic, political, and cultural significance of writing in, adapting, or alluding to the alliterative tradition. We will trace the ancestry of the alliterative line through Old, Middle, and Modern English, challenging the...(read more) Ecke, Jeremy S
Ecke, Jeremy
Spring 2009

110/1

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

TTh 2-3:30

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....(read more) Justice, Steven
Justice, Steven
Spring 2009

112/1

Middle English Literature

MWF 1-2

Please email j_miller@berkeley.edu for information regarding this course.

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

...(read more)
Miller, Jennifer
Miller, Jennifer
Fall 2008

110/1

Upper Division Coursework:
Medieval Literature

TTh 9:30-11

Please email j_miller@berkeley.edu for information regarding this course....(read more) Miller, Jennifer
Miller, Jennifer
Fall 2008

111/1

Upper Division Coursework:
Chaucer

MW 5-6:30

This course will concentrate on Chaucer?s two greatest works, the Troilus and Criseyde and the Canterbury Tales, glancing more quickly at other bits of his oeuvre and at pieces of the literary tradition he assembled from Latin, French, and Italian sou...(read more) Justice, Steven
Justice, Steven
Spring 2008

112/1

:
Middle English Literature

MWF 2-3

This course will survey Middle English literature, excluding Chaucer, beginning with the earliest Middle English texts and ending with Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. We will focus on language, translation, and close reading to start, leading up to a...(read more) Nolan, Maura
Nolan, Maura
Spring 2007

111/1

Junior Coursework:
Chaucer

MWF 1-2

For more information on this course, please email the professor at j_miller@berkeley.edu. ...(read more) Miller, Jennifer
Miller, Jennifer
Fall 2006

110/1

Upper Division Coursework:
Medieval Literature: Love in the Middle Ages

TTh 11-12:30

This course will focus on the literature of love in the medieval period, beginning with St. Paul �s Letters to the Corinthians and culminating in Chaucer�s Troilus and Criseyde. In between, we will address a wide variety of questions about love and se...(read more) Nolan, Maura
Nolan, Maura
Fall 2006

112/1

Upper Division Coursework:
Middle English Literature

TTh 12:30-2

For more information on this class, please email the professor at j_miller@berkeley.edu ...(read more) Miller, Jennifer
Miller, Jennifer
Spring 2006

110/1

Upper Division Coursework:
Medieval Literature

TTh 9:30-11

For more information on this class, please email the professor at j_miller@berkeley.edu. ...(read more) Miller, Jennifer
Miller, Jennifer
Spring 2005

111/1

Upper Division Coursework:
Chaucer

TTh 9:30-11

"In this lecture course on Chaucer's major works, we will read some short poems and prose selections, including Hous of Fame, Troilus, and possibly Parlement of Foules, then turn to a selection of Canterbury Tales, emphasizing portions of this work no...(read more) Middleton, Anne
Middleton, Anne
Spring 2005

112/1

Upper Division Coursework:
Middle English Literature

TTh 11-12:30

For more information on this class, please email the professor at j_miller@berkeley.edu . ...(read more) Miller, Jennifer
Miller, Jennifer