Malter
Medieval and Early Modern Studies
at the English Department of the University of Oklahoma

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Undergraduate Courses

ENGL 3513     Medieval English Literature
Intensive study of some of the major literary works of medieval England with attention to the relation between the literature and its social, intellectual, and cultura contexts. Readings in various genres will include such works as Gawain and the Green Knight, Everyman, Piers Plowman, Morte d'Arthur, and The Canterbury Tales.  (Irreg.)

ENGL 3523      Sixteenth-Century English Literature
Intensive study of some of the major literary works of sixteenth-century England with attention to the relation between the literature and its social, intellectual, and cultural contexts. Readings will include works in various genres by such writers as Spenser, Sidney, Shakespeare, Marlowe, and More. (Irreg.)

ENGL 3533      Seventeenth-Century English Literature
Intensive study of some of the major literary works of seventeenth-century England with attention to the relation between the
literature and its social, intellectual, and cultural contexts. Readings will include works in various genres by such writers as Donne, Herbert, Milton, Marvell, Bacon, Jonson, and Webster. (Irreg.)

ENGL 3573    Arthurian Legend and Literature (crosslisted with MLL 3573)
Examination of the legend of King Arthur in European literature. Concentrate on the historical Arthur, followed by major portion of semester on medieval and modern literary texts concerning Arthur and the Round Table. All texts read in English. (Irreg.)

ENGL 4503    Backgrounds of the Renaissance
Prerequisite: 1213. A study of classical and continental authors esteemed in the English Renaissance. Focus on Homer, Virgil, Ovid, Petrarch, Erasmus, and Machiavelli in the contexts of their cultures as well as their contributions to culture.

ENGL 4513    Chaucer
Examines the poetry of The Canterbury Tales and one or two of Chaucer's earlier narrative poems. Special emphasis will be given to the social, literary and cultural backgrounds to Chaucer's work. (Irreg.)

ENGL 4523    Shakespeare Comedies
Prerequisite: junior or senior standing. Close reading and analysis of Shakespeare's comedies and histories. Selected criticism, 1600 to the present. Historical background and Shakespeare's theatre. Dramatic traditions, movie interpretations, performance theory and acting. Emphases and reading lists vary from year to year. (Irreg.)

ENGL 4533    Shakespeare Tragedies
Prerequisite: junior or senior standing. Close reading and analysis of Shakespeare's tradegies and lyric poetry. Selected criticism, 1600 to the present. Historical background and Shakespeare's theatre. Dramatic traditions, movie interpretations, performance theory and acting. Emphases and reading lists vary from year to year. (Irreg.)

ENGL 4543    Tudor and Stuart Drama
Intensive study of the drama of Shakespeare's contemporaries, with emphasis on the plays of Christopher Marlowe and Ben Jonson. Attention to dramatic forms, social issues, cultural context, language and performance. Readings will include plays by Marlowe, Jonson, Webster, Heywood, Fletcher, Ford. (Irreg.)

ENGL 4553    Milton
Close reading and analysis of selected poetry and prose, with emphasis on Paradise Lost. Study of literary forms, cultural myths, theology, ethics. Themes of loss, guilt, free will, male-female relationships. (Irreg.)

ENGL 4593   Topics in Medieval Literature and Culture
Prerequisite:  Engl 1213. May be repeated with change of content; maximum credit six hours. Specialized study in selected topics in medieval literary culture. Students will be expected to be able to read Middle English (or to learn quickly). (Irreg.)

ENGL 4603   Topics in Early Modern Literature and Culture



Graduate Courses

ENGL 5513   Major Medieval Author
 Prerequisite:  Graduate standing. May be repeated twice with a change of subject matter; maximum credit nine hours.  Topics vary.  Focus on an outstanding medieval author such as Geoffrey Chaucer, Margery Kempe, or Thomas Malory, read in his or her literary, historical, and social context.  (Irreg.)

ENGL 5523   Topics in Medieval Literature and Culture
Prerequisite:  Graduate standing. May be repeated twice with a change of content; maximum credit nine hours.  Topics vary.  Special studies in major figures, genres, themes, and movements of the Middle Ages.  (Irreg.)

ENGL 5533   Major Early Modern Author
Prerequisite:  Graduate standing. May be repeated twice with change of content; maximum credit nine hours.  Topics vary.  Focus on a significant early modern author such as William Shakespeare, John Milton, or Margaret Cavendish, read in his or her literary, historical, and social context.  (Irreg.)

ENGL 5543   Topics in Early Modern Literature and Culture
Prerequisite:  Graduate standing. May be repeated twice with change of content; maximum credit nine hours.  Topics vary.  Special studies in major figures, genres, themes, and movements of the early modern period.  (Irreg.) 

ENGL 6503    Research Seminar in Early English Studies
Prerequisite:  Graduate standing. May be repeated twice with a change of content; maximum credit of nine hours.  Involves detailed research in early English, early modern or medieval literature.  (Irreg.)