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Ways of Living: ENGL 114 S13

In this writing seminar, we study how and why human beings come to be concerned with their own ways of living. What prompts a “way of life” to emerge as a problem for people who live in that way? In the name of what, and by … Continue reading

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alliterative verse: an approach to teaching meter

This brief essay sets out a plan for teaching the form of Middle English alliterative poetry in an advanced undergraduate seminar. The lesson is grounded in the opening lines of the B Version Prologue of William Langland’s Piers Plowman and … Continue reading

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Trilingual England: ENGL 567 F10

This course was a survey of Late Middle English literature, focalized around issues of language choice and language contact. We studied the shifting status, functions, and interactions of Latin, French, and English in fourteenth- and fifteenth-century England, and the strategies … Continue reading

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Piers Plowman: ENGL 534 F12

course description: A study of Piers Plowman, the brilliant and expansive poem probably authored by William Langland in three versions between the 1360s and about 1390. We make a sequential reading of what is called the “C version.” Simultaneously, we … Continue reading

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