Medieval and Renaissance Literature
High School and Adults
Instructor: Angelina Stanford, MA
Mondays, 1:00 to 2:30 pm EST
August 2022 through May 2023
Beowulf (Burton Raffel translation)
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (Burton Raffel translation)
Sir Orfeo (Tolkien Translation)
The Canterbury Tales (World Classics edition)
The Faerie Queene Book One by Edmund Spenser
Macbeth by Shakespeare
A year-long in-depth study of Medieval and Renaissance English literature. Each work will be fully placed in its historical, philosophical, literary, and theological context. CS Lewis said that it's the duty of the reader to read the Great Books like the original audience ; otherwise we cannot understand what we are reading. This takes work because we come to these texts with modern assumptions that we are largely unaware of. Therefore our first task as readers is to learn how to read these books like a Medieval. Only then can we begin to evaluate like a Christian.
The Less is More Approach: In my classes, I prefer to teach students how to think deeply and engage thoughtfully with the ideas that have shaped us and the world. Therefore, I deliberately limit the number of works we cover. This allows students to read slowly and truly contemplate what they are reading, rather than rushing through huge reading lists with very little understanding—or enjoyment. Alexander Pope famously wrote, “A little learning is a dangerous thing. Drink deep, or taste not…” We drink very deeply.
Students (especially those who are not as Humanities oriented) respond very well to the less is more approach. It is a true delight to watch their confidence and excitement build as they begin to truly understand and enjoy intimidating old books.
This class is primarily a class in learning how to read well. Therefore, there are only two small writing assignments--a midterm and a final. These are two short essays which allow a student to express his or her experience of reading and demonstrate a close and thoughtful reading of the text
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- $705 total. Due by June 1, 2022
- $95 non-refundable deposit due upon registration.
- The Balance is due June 1, 2021.
- Payment plans (3 installments--June, July , August) are available.
- All balances must be paid before classes begin.
- Please see our Withdrawal Policy here.
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Class logins will be emailed two weeks before class. Students should not wait until the last minute to set up their student accounts.