Medieval Literature

Offered 2022-2023!

  • Time: Thursdays, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
  • Tuition: $60/month (10 months, August-May)
  • Location: Signal Mountain, Tennessee
  • Credit: 1 English credit
  • Grades: 9-12 AND middle school strong readers
  • Prerequisites: Writing II or equivalent writing skills OR take Writing II in addition to this course
  • Pairing: You can pair this course with Medieval History!
  • Books Needed: (Hard copies are required; recommended editions/translations are listed below)
    • Gwynne’s Grammar (ISBN: 9781984897961)
    • Beowulf — (Recommended: Heaney translation, ISBN: 9780393320978)
    • Song of Roland — (Recommended: Sayers translation, ISBN: 9780140440751)
    • Dante — Divine Comedy — (Recommended: Esolen translation, ISBNs listed below)
      • Inferno (ISBN: 9780345483577)
      • Purgatory (ISBN: 9780812971255)
      • Paradise (ISBN: 9780812977264)
    • Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (Recommended: Stone translation, ISBN: 9780140440928)
    • Chaucer — Canterbury Tales (Recommended: Coghill translation, ISBN: 9780140424386)
    • Spenser — The Faerie Queene, Book 1 (Recommended: Maynard editor, ISBN: 9781885767394)
    • Shakespeare — Henry V (Recommended: Folger edition, ISBN: 9780743484879)
    • Optional, but highly recommended: Green, King Arthur and His Knights of the Round Table – Puffin Classics, ISBN: ‎ 9780141321011 – We will not be reading this formally, but we will go through a unit on Arthurian legend at the start of class; if you would like to follow along, this is the book I will be using. It will also be handy for reference for both Medieval Literature and Medieval History. (As an added bonus, Green was an Inkling, along with Lewis and Tolkien.)

This course develops students’ skills in essay writing through assignments based on great works of medieval and renaissance literature.

Assessment. Each semester, students write two essays using structures from classical rhetoric and create two projects related to the literature. At the conclusion of each semester, students participate in Defense Day by giving a brief presentation on one of their essays and responding to questions.