Our orientation meeting will be held Thurs., Aug. 31, 7:00-8:00 p.m. in room D-130 in the library (LRC), at the Spring Creek campus.

E-mail: mandrade@ccccd.edu

Please consult Assignments on the author -- Beowulf, Chaucer, etc. -- sites for a up-to-date, specific reading and writing assignments.

Week 1

The Anglo-Saxon period objectives


1 What is the Anglo-Saxon attitude toward wealth, treasure, money?

2 What is the purpose of fighting?

3 What is the attitude toward women?

4 How do Anglo-Saxons see themselves in relationship to the universe? Do they seem to feel that they are favored by the gods or do they feel a malign or negative response from their gods? Do they have a comfortable vision of an afterlife?

5 What is the purpose of life?

6 What are the characteristics of a good ruler? A bad ruler

Week 2


Week 3

Medieval period objectives

Primary learning objective: To show how the medieval (Middle Ages) period affects the West in the twentieth century.

Individual learning objectives. In the mid-term exam students will answer some of these questions.

1 Understand the difference between the Ptolemaic (earth-centered) vision of the universe and the Copernican (heliocentric) and how the difference between the two affects humankind's faith in God.

What is the state of Christian faith today?

2 Understand the hierarchical vision of life; cosmic, social (feudal), individual (the relationship of the soul and the body).

To what extent does this ancient concept affect us today? Do we believe in the separation of soul and body?

3 Understand St. Augustine's influence on literature.

Does his influence persist in the twentieth century?

4 Understand courtly love.

To what extent has courtly love shaped our expectations of love?

Week 4

Geoffrey Chaucer, Canterbury Tales.

Important notice: your textbook gives you the original Middle English Canterbury Tales. Feel free to use a modern English translation which you may buy in paperback or check out from your local library.

Week 5

Geoffrey Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales

Week 6

Read Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Week 7

Sir Thomas Malory's Morte Darthur

Week 8 Mid-Term Exam: Taken in the Testing Center on any campus. Bring blue book and picture ID

Week 9

Renaissance Period

Shakespeare's Sonnets

Week 10

Shakespeare, King Lear

Week 11

King Lear

Week 12

John Donne

Andrew Marvell

Week 13 Thanksgiving

John Milton, Paradise Lost

Week 14

John Milton, Paradise Lost

Week 15 Jonathan Swift, Gulliver's Travels. Part 4

Week 16 Final exam