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ENGL 2258 Sin and Evil in Medieval Literature (Fall: 3 )

Course Description

This course examines works of literature from the eighth to fifteenth centuries through their treatments of, and navigation through, the concepts of sin and evil. Beginning in the Anglo-Saxon period, we trace our theme through a wide array of sources (heroic, elegiac, and epic poetry, sermons, saints' lives, mystical visions, sagas, fables, biography, drama) and evaluate its functions in the interplay between literary text and historical context. Where do evil and sin lie -- in the individual, in society, or external to both? -- and in what forms?

Instructor(s): Richard Burley

Prerequisites: None

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Comments: All texts are in English translation. Fulfills the pre-1700 requirement.

Last Updated: 24-Jun-17