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C LIT 360 A: Topics In Ancient And Medieval Literature

Love and Troy

Meeting Time: 
TTh 9:30am - 11:20am
Location: 
MLR 316
SLN: 
11799
Instructor:
Míċeál Vaughan

Syllabus Description:

This course aims to familiarize you with the development of a story of love and betrayal, involving Troilus and Cressida, which was told by major writers (e.g., Boccaccio, Chaucer, Shakespeare) in the later medieval and early modern periods, against the background of the ancient siege of Troy.

To set the stage for this later story, the course will examine a number of stories involving love and Troy found in important ancient classics, such as Homer’s Iliad, its sequel in Vergil’s Aeneid, and selected love letters in Ovid’s Heroides.

We will then look at the evolution of the story of Troilus in medieval writers--e.g., Benoit de Sainte-Maure’s twelfth-century French verse Romance of Troy, and Guido delle Colonne’s Latin prose History of the Destruction of Troy (1287)--that culminates in Giovanni Boccaccio’s Il Filostrato (ca. 1336-68) and its successor, Chaucer’s Troilus and Criseyde (ca. 1385-86).

After reading the Scottish Testament of Cresseid, by Robert Henryson (1475), we will conclude the course with Shakespeare’s 1601-02 play Troilus and Cressida.

Additional Details:

This course aims to familiarize you with the development of a story of love and betrayal, involving Troilus and Cressida, which was told by major writers (e.g., Boccaccio, Chaucer, Shakespeare) in the later medieval and early modern periods, against the background of the ancient siege of Troy.

To set the stage for this later story, the course will examine a number of stories involving love and Troy found in important ancient classics, such as Homer’s Iliad, its sequel in Vergil’sAeneid, and selected love letters in Ovid’s Heroides.

We will then look at the evolution of the story of Troilus in medieval writers--e.g., Benoit de Sainte-Maure’s twelfth-century French verse Romance of Troy, and Guido delle Colonne’s Latin prose History of the Destruction of Troy (1287)--that culminates in Giovanni Boccaccio’s Il Filostrato (ca. 1336-68) and its successor, Chaucer’s Troilus and Criseyde (ca. 1385-86).

After reading the Scottish Testament of Cresseid, by Robert Henryson (1475), we will conclude the course with Shakespeare’s 1601-02 play Troilus and Cressida.

Catalog Description: 
Explores topics in literature and cultures of the ancient and medieval worlds across national and regional cultures, such as particular movements, authors, genres, themes, or problems.
Department Requirements Met: 
Literature Core
GE Requirements Met: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Writing (W)
Status: 
Active
Last updated: 
April 28, 2016 - 9:20am
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