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Student Expectations:

  • Attend a one-hour, weekly, live course session

  • Complete each week’s assigned reading

  • Take a short, online comprehension quiz

  • Answer a weekly, online discussion question

  • Submit two literary analysis papers and one creative project

Wasko Lit 2: The Middle Ages

This course starts with a book written at the end of the Roman Empire, St. Augustine's Confessions--part biography and part theology. We then read a brilliant Seamus Heaney translation of the Anglo-Saxon classic, Beowulf.  We cover the medieval masterpiece, The Inferno, and selections from the Canterbury Tales. We spend lots of time in the legends of King Arthur, throwing in a 20th century novel on the topic, T.H. White's The Once and Future King. We read the influential Utopia and Doctor Faustus and the first book of Spencer's amazing epic The Faerie Queen. Then we take our time and soak in the English language's greatest and most important writer, William Shakespeare, sampling his poetry, comedies, tragedies, and histories. The course concludes with a quick look at the metaphysical poets of the 17th century. 

For 2018-19, this class meets live on Tuesdays from 11:00 AM-12:00 PM, Eastern Time. All sessions will be recorded and made available to enrolled students. 

The Lit 2 Syllabus includes (Click for official book list):

  • Confessions, Augustine

  • Beowulf, Anonymous

  • The Inferno, Dante

  • Selections from the Canterbury Tales, Chaucer

  • “Gawain and the Green Knight,” Anonymous

  • The Once and Future King, T.S. White

  • Excerpts from Le Morte D’Arthur, Mallory

  • Utopia, More

  • Fierce Wars and Faithful Loves (The Faerie Queen, Book I) Spencer

  • Doctor Faustus, Marlowe

  • Hamlet, Shakespeare

  • Henry IV, Part 1, Shakespeare

  • Henry IV, Part 2, Shakespeare

  • Henry V, Shakespeare

  • Macbeth, Shakespeare

  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Shakespeare

  • Miscellaneous Sonnets, Shakespeare

  • Selected Poems, Metaphysical Poets