Spring 2020 - ENGL 201 D100

Medieval Literature (3)

Class Number: 1396

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo, We 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
    BLU 10021, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 16, 2020
    8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
    TAKE HOME-EXAM, Burnaby

  • Instructor:

    Antone Lanatà Minard
    Office: AQ 6088
    Office Hours: M 10.30–11.20
  • Prerequisites:

    Two 100 division English courses.



Anglo-Saxon literature and Middle English literature, in translation when necessary. Students with credit for ENGL 204 may not take this course for further credit. Breadth-Humanities.


This course is where English literature begins. The great epic poem, Beowulf, ignored for centuries, not only has awesome monsters but also shows poetic connections to a wider Germanic world in themes, underlying mythology, and poetic form. Old English poetry shows a poignant, very human side of what it means to live in a dark and dangerous world. The English did well in this world and, as they conquered their neighbours, their literatures began to intersect. We will look at some of the Celtic and Celtic-inspired texts from Medieval Britain such as the werewolf lai of Marie de France and the earliest King Arthur material from Welsh literature. As the language grows and builds connections to French and other Continental literature, it takes on new forms and thems, culminating in one of the greatest English writers of all time, Geoffrey Chaucer, who had a masterful ability to convey vivid characters in a variety of poetic forms.


By the end of the course, you should be familiar with the core canonical texts of Old and Middle English; you will be aware of the differences between Old and Middle English and their literary conventions. You will also build a contextual understanding of how English literature fits into broader patterns within European literary trends.


  • Old English language assignment 10%
  • Middle English language assignment 10%
  • Tutorial Presentation 17%
  • Final Essay 25%
  • Tutorial Participation 13%
  • Final Exam 25%



J. B. Trapp, Douglas Gray, and Julia Boffey, eds., The Oxford Anthology of English Literature: Volume 1: Medieval English Literature
ISBN: 9780195134926

Claire M. Waters (trans.), The Lais of Marie de France
ISBN: 9781554810826

Department Undergraduate Notes:

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