EN 305 Weird Style: Greatness and Strangeness in Medieval Writers (Spring: 3)

Offered Periodically
This course examines four extraordinary late-medieval authors: the Pearl-poet, Julian of Norwich, William Langland, and Geoffrey Chaucer. We will read major works by these authors and inquire into the differences between medieval literary traditions and our own. We'll historicize what we read by examining the cultural milieu in which these writings were produced. However, we'll also try to recover some of this literature's live aesthetic energy—that is, the radically unfamiliar imaginative and stylistic possibilities of poetry written more than six hundred years before today. Course assignments will be mostly analytical but with several creative projects as well.
Julie Orlemanski

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