Course Descriptions

ENG 3345

Medieval English Literature

Tom Amorose

MWF 9:00 a.m.-10:20 p.m.

This course treating the earliest period of English lit may surprise you.  In it, you’ll find out that Beowulf is really an anti-war story that questions bro culture and treats queerness with sympathy.  That a woman author is the source of what we call “English literature,” while writing in French.  That Chaucer isn’t some cheery uncle-figure but a writer who looked at human pathology the way a true-crime podcast might.  That there might be something we can call gendered faith, and that Christ might best be seen as our mother. 

All readings in modern English.  Class conducted as discussion.  Many short, informal writing activities over the quarter and one longer paper near its end. 

Writing on the window of an English classroom

How to Read a Poem

English Professor Susan Van Zanten gives you a quick guide on how to get the most out of reading poetry.

“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.”
Jane Austen
Pride & Prejudice