ENG 340: ENGLISH LITERATURE I, MEDIEVAL & EARLY RENAISSANCE
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A survey of English and related literature from its beginnings in the Anglo-Saxon
(Old English) period through the early Renaissance (c. 1603). Texts studied
include Beowulf, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, The Romance
of Tristan and Iseult, Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, Malory's
Morte d'Arthur, Sir Thomas More's Utopia, Shakespeare's King
Lear and others.
TEXTBOOKS (available at Creighton Bookstore):
Desiderius Erasmus, The Praise of Folly, trans. Robert M. Adams, (Norton Critical Edition, W. W. Norton, 1989), ISBN: 0393957497 (this volume should be packaged together with the anthology at no extra cost)
Sir Thomas Malory, Le Morte d'Arthur, (Modern Library, 1999), ISBN: 0375753222
Joseph Bédier, The Romance of Tristan and Iseult,
(Vintage, 1994) ISBN: 0679750169
1) Two Exams (50%)
The exams will feature objective questions as well as short essay exercises.
Exams will engage historical and cultural information, events, dates, authors,
texts, forms, plots, and interpretation. The objective portion of the examinations
will include multiple choice, short answer and other questions covering the
information in the course's outlines (available through the links in the online
syllabus) and/or featured in lectures. Objective questions will also test students
comprehension of the assigned reading. Essay portions of the exam will ask students
to analyze and comment on a given issue or textual passage related to the course's
materials and concerns.
2) Term Project and Presentation (25%)
Students will design and pursue a project (paper, art, creative writing, music,
film, web site, etc.) related to any aspect of the course materials. All projects
must be original and will be presented to the class at the end of the term.
Projects may be analytical or research papers (5-10 pp., MLA format) on any
subject relevant to medieval or Renaissance literature. In general, students
are encouraged to choose material and media which are interesting and stimulating
and should not feel limited to traditional academic topics or techniques. All
projects however must demonstrate substantial effort, thought, and understanding/incorporation
of the course's ideas and materials. All projects must be approved by the instructor
in advance (see deadline for project proposal in the schedule below).
3) Participation, Involvement, and Other Performance (25%)
Students will also be graded according to preparation, effort, participation,
development, and involvement in the course.
4) Other Policies
Deadlines: Make-ups/extensions for a missed deadline will only be given in cases of documented serious illness or other valid, non-frivolous excuse such as documented participation in official University academic, service or sports events (it will be up to the instructor to determine and decide on the acceptability of an excuse). Otherwise, students must meet all deadlines specified in the syllabus.
Academic Honesty and Class Conduct Policy: All students in the class are expected to observe the University's guidelines on student conduct as described in the Code of Conduct and Creighton University's Student Handbook (especially the section on "Academic Honesty Policy" dealing with problems of plagiarism, cheating, etc.). All work turned in for credit in this course must be personal and original, produced during the course of the semester and for the specific purposes and according to the guidelines of the given assignments. Any misrepresentations, concealments, or distortions of source, origin, collaboration or authorship of such materials will be considered forms of academic dishonesty and will result in failing the given assignment or, at the discretion of the instructor, the entire course. Problems such as repeated lateness arriving to class (or departing early), inatentiveness, or disruptive behavior may adversely affect attendance and/or the class participation grade. Seriously disruptive behavior can also result, at the discretion of the instructor, in more severe penalties, including failing the entire course.
Attendance Policy: An attendance measurement will be calculated equal to the percentage of total class time attended. The course grade may not exceed that percentage (i.e. if a student attended only 75% of the total class time, the course grade may not be higher than 75 or C). Notice also that, at the discretion of the instructor, any student missing more than 30% of the total class time may fail the course.
Email Communication: The University considers a student's Creighton
email address the official means of communication with faculty and administrators.
All students are responsible for checking their email messages as they might
contain important and time-sensitive information relevant to the course, including
notifications on changes to reading and other assignments, deadlines, class
cancellations or reschedulings, etc. A student who prefers to receive email
at a different address must inform the instructor.
Grading: All aspects of the course will be graded on a 100-point scale where 90-100 = A, 87-89 = B+, 80-86 = B, 77-79 = C+, 70-76 = C, 60-69 = D, and 0-59 = F. At the discretion of the instructor, a normative curve may be applied to the grades at the end of the term. The course grade will be calculated according to the following formula:
Participation and other
Students must complete the reading by the date indicated. Read both the text and any introductions provided in the textbooks.
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