SCHEDULE TOPICS / READ DUE
WEEK 1

Monday, August 28

Introductions:  Syllabus, Course, Professor, Students

 

Website sign-up and bio pages

Read the syllabus thoroughly

WEEK 2

Monday, September 4

 

No classes: Labor Day

 
WEEK 3

Monday, September 11

Old English FTW/Introduction to Commonplace Book Assignment

  • Beowulf
  • “How to Read like a Renaissance Reader” (in class)
Online class discussion (HYB)

 Last day to sign up for Group Presentations

WEEK 4

Monday, September 18

Medieval Legends

  • Marie de France, Lanval and Chevrefoil

 

 

Digital Lecture/Reading Quiz (HYB) (Wednesday 11:59pm)

 

Critical Writeup: “GoT, is that you? On the Enduring Power of the Medieval Period” (Sunday 11:59pm)
WEEK 5

Monday, September 25

 

Devotion and Gender I / Intro to Project 1

 

 

Online class discussion (HYB)

 

Commonplace Book Checkpoint

WEEK 6

Monday, October 2

Serialized Storytelling

  • Chaucer, Canterbury Tales, “General Prologue”
  • Chaucer, Canterbury Tales, “Wife of Bath’s Prologue and Tale”

Presenters: Romea, Tashana, Sidney, and Shanice

Online class discussion (HYB)

 

Critical Writeup: “Not Yet Woke: Reconciling Gender Politics in the Medieval Period”

WEEK 7

Monday, October 9

 

College is Closed: No Classes

 
WEEK 8

Monday, October 16

Gender and Devotion II / Intro to Project 2

  • Julian of Norwich, from A Book of Showings
  • The Book of Margery Kempe

Presenters: Destiny, Alisia, and Deyanira

Online class discussion (HYB)

 

Project 1 due by 12am

WEEK 9

Monday, October 23

Travel Narratives

  • More, from Utopia
  • Utopia paratexts (online)

In Class: The Travels of Marco Polo (handout)

In Class: Vespucci: diaries and letters

Presenters: Paris, Barrington, Cindy, and Shivanie

Online class discussion (HYB)

 

Commonplace Book Checkpoint

WEEK 10

Monday, October 30

Political Writing

  • Lady Jane Grey, letters and Foxe’s Reception
  • Elizabeth I, “On Monsieur’s Departure,” “Speech at Tilburn,” and “The Golden Speech”

Presenters: Zebin, Sadia, Arggelys, Gina

Online class discussion (HYB)

 

 

WEEK 11

Monday, November 6

 Library Visit (Date TBA) Digital Lecture/Reading Quiz (HYB)

 Critical Writeup: “Textual Materiality”

WEEK 12

Monday, November 13

Epic Poetry

·         Edmund Spenser, “A Letter of the Authors”

  • Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, Book 1: Proem,and Cantos 1-6

Presenters: Tasnia, Ashley, Abiola

Online class discussion (HYB)

 

 Commonplace Book Exchange Day

WEEK 13

Monday, November 20

Sonnets

  • Sir Thomas Wyatt, “The long love that in my thought doth harbor,” “Whoso List to Hunt,” “They Flee from Me”

·         Sir Philip Sidney, from Astrophil and Stella, sonnets 1, 34, 108

·         Lady Mary Wroth, from Pamphilia to Amphilanthus, sonnets 1 and  77

Presenters: Anna, Jennita, and Vishal

Online class discussion (HYB)

 

Commonplace Book Checkpoint (in-person appointments between week 11 and 13)

WEEK 14

Monday, November 27

Drama

  • John Webster, The Duchess of Malfi

 

Digital Lecture/Reading Quiz (HYB)

 

Critical Writeup: “Identity and Interiority”

WEEK 15

Monday, December 4

Renaissance Lyric

  • Christopher Marlowe, “The Passionate Shepherd to his Love”
  • Sir Walter Raleigh, “The Nymph’s Reply to the Shepherd”
  • John Donne, “The Flea,” “The Canonization,”
  • Michael Drayton, Idea “To the reader of these sonnets,” “How Many paltry, foolish, painted things,”

Ben Jonson, “To My Book,” “To Penshurst,” “Ode to Himself”

Presenters: Brianna, Jamaar, Marc, and Rona

 

 Online class discussion (HYB)

 

WEEK 16

Monday, December 11

Ending with Eve

  • Amelia Lanyer, “Eve’s Apology in defense of Women”
  • John Milton, Paradise Lost Book 1; Book 9

Presenters: Isa, Grace, and Diana

Online class discussion (HYB)

 

Commonplace Book due by 5pm

WEEK 17

Monday December 18

 

Final Exam  

 

 

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