21L.460 | Spring 2005 | Undergraduate

Medieval Literature: Dante, Boccaccio, Chaucer


ses # topics key dates

The Courtly Love Tradition


2 Domination and Desire  
3 Dolce Stil Nuovo First reader response due
4 Ennobling Love: Sublimation and Subjection  
5 Historical Background: Secular Politics Presentations I
6 Historical Background: Church Politics Presentations II
7 Florentine History and the The Divine Comedy  
8 Epic and Romance 5-page write-up of oral presentation due
9 Moral Perversion and Linguistic Distortion  
10 Confession and the Practice of Penitence  
11 Nature and the Power of Love  
12 Ecstatic Desire  
13 Moral Cosmology Second reader response due
14 Visions of the Ideal Society  
15 The Ends of Language  
16 The Plague of Language  
17 Comedy and Tragedy  
18 Rhetoric and Redemption  
19 Historical Background: The Fourteenth-Century Renaissance in England Presentations III
20 Britain and the Myth of Trojan Origins  
21 Ricardian Politics 5-page write-up of oral presentation due
22 Free Will and Determinism  
23 Mediators and Mediation Mandatory re-write due
24 Multiplicity and Indeterminacy  
25 Tragedy and Transcendence  

What Is This Thing Called Love?


Final paper due

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Spring 2005
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