Pace University

Pace University New York
INT 296b CRN 49698
Spring 2003

From Beowulf to King Lear: Medieval/Renaissance Literature and Multimedia

Instructor: Dr M Driver (

Office:41 Park Row, Rm 1509 (346-1414)

Office Hours: Monday (2-4 pm), Tuesday (9-10), Thurs (2-4 pm), and by appointment or e-mail

Techno-Prof: Dr J Thomas (

Office:163 William Street, 2nd floor (212) 346-1569 fax: (212) 346-1863

Office Hours: Monday 3:30-5:00 pm [NY] Wednesday 3:00-6:00 pm [NY] Wednesday 8:50-9:20 pm [NY]

Meetings: Monday & Wednesday 4 - 6 [Mondays in Birnbaum Library lab E101] [Wednesdays in W325]

Course Objectives:


Abrams, et al., The Norton Anthology of English Literature, vol. 1, 7th ed.
Tuso, ed., Beowulf, The Donaldson Translation (Norton)

Required readings on reserve in the library. Students are expected to read all assignments carefully and on time. Some material is difficult and will require extra time and attention. A reading schedule is attached.


Weekly e-mail dialogues with students and professors: these may be sent by e-mail not later than Monday morning. Four graded projects, including research project, + final project developed out of earlier assignments (5-7 pp essay with MLA-style citations, bibliography). Discussion on Web board. Final project: to build a virtual museum or recreate a scene from a play or literary work. Proposals for these are to be sent via e-mail to the professors. In-class writing assignments and tests on literature. Rules of grammar and spelling must be applied in all essays. Incorrect grammar and spelling will lower your grade. (It is helpful to consult a dictionary and to bring one with you to class.) Papers receiving less than a C may be re-written and re-submitted with the original draft for consideration at the discretion of the professor. All projects, written and spoken assignments, and tests must be completed. Projects receiving a B+ or better will be posted on the grendel site. Bring an extra disk with you to each class. Projects are submitted in both
hard and HTML (disk) formats. Be sure your disks are labelled with project title, your name, and the date.

Essays that have been plagiarized, whether in whole or in part, will receive an F.

Internet 2 Project

Pace University has received a grant from the National Science Foundation to support the development of humanities uses of Internet 2. In this class, expect to do one or more of the following: develop an e-mail friendship with a student in a similar class at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo; respond to a film in an e-mail seminar; attend one lecture on the medieval or Renaissance literature in a virtual classroom or in realtime in the video-conference room. Keith Kelly at Western and Dr D at Pace have also developed a short Anglo-Saxon test based on materials presented on the Western and grendel sites that may be given at some point during this class. We will try to schedule the majority of these activities during our class time.


Oral reports as well as group analysis and presentations on the readings are required. The student should be prepared to participate intelligentlyin each class discussion. Absence without medical excuse will be weighed heavily against you. If you must be absent, contact the professors by e-mail, and get the notes from a classmate. Check Web board for lecture postings. If you still have questions after studying the notes and the reading assignment for the week, please make an appointment with Dr D.

E-mail and Internet Access

Each student in the class should have a working e-mail account through Pace or another source as well as access to the Internet, which may be obtained through computers in Birnbaum Library. Be sure you have given a working copy of your e-mail address to Dr D.



Anglo-Saxon and Arthurian Period
Geoffrey Ashe, The Discovery of King Arthur (1985)
Richard Barber, The Arthurian Legends: An Illustrated Anthology (1992)
Marion Z. Bradley, Mists of Avalon (1980)
Derek Brewer, English Gothic Literature (1983)
John Gardner, Grendel (1963)
Edward Irving, Introduction to Beowulf (1969)
__________,  A Reading of Beowulf (1969)

Middle English Period
Emilie Amt, Women's Lives in Medieval Europe: A Sourcebook (1993)
Anonymous, The Cloud of Unknowing (many editions)
Richard Barber, A Penguin Guide to Medieval Europe (1984)
Larry Benson, Art & Tradition in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
Morris Bishop, The Middle Ages (1968)
Alcuin Blamires, Woman Defamed and Woman Defended: An Anthology of  Medieval
                Texts (1992)
____________, The Case for Women in Medieval Culture (1997)
Meg Bogin, The Women Troubadours (1980)
Diane Bornstein,  The Lady in the Tower: Medieval Courtesy Literature for Women
David Burnley, Courtliness and Literature in Medieval England (1998)
Andreas Capellanus, The Art of Courtly Love (many editions)
Neville Coghill, The Poet Chaucer (1949)
Helen Cooper, Oxford Guides to Chaucer: The Canterbury Tales (repr 1991)
E. Talbot Donaldson, Speaking of Chaucer (1970)
Peter Dronke, Women Writers of the Middle Ages (1984)
Umberto Eco, Name of the Rose
Donald Howard, The Idea of the Canterbury Tales (1965)
Terry Jones, The Knight's Tale (1970)
Richard Kieckhefer, Magic in the Middle Ages  (1989)
V.A. Kolve,  Chaucer and the Imagery of Narrative (1984)
Margaret Wade Labarge, A Small Sound of the Trumpet: Women in Medieval Life (1986)
C.S. Lewis, The Allegory of Love (1958)
R.S. Loomis, A Mirror of Chaucer's World (1965)
Jill Mann, Geoffrey Chaucer (1991)
_______, Chaucer and Medieval Estates Satire (1973)
Derek Pearsall, The Canterbury Tales (1985)
___________, The Life of Geoffrey Chaucer (1992)
Christine de Pizan, The Book of the City of Ladies (1982)
Eileen Power, Medieval Women (1975)
Gustave Reese, Music in the Middle Ages (1940)
Jane H.M. Taylor and Lesley Smith, Women and the Book: Assessing the Visual Evidence
Barbara Tuchman, A Distant Mirror (1978)

The Renaissance
Margaret Aston, The Fifteenth Century (1968)
C.C. Brown and A.F. Marotti, Texts and Cultural Change in Early Modern England
Sem Dresden, Humanism in the Renaissance (1968)
Margaret Ferguson, et al., Rewriting the Renaissance (1986)
B. Ford, The Age of Shakespeare (repr 1986)
______, From Donne to Marvell (repr 1986)
Marilyn French, Shakespeare's Division of Experience (1981)
Carlos Ginsberg, The Cheese and the Worms  (1982)
Stephen Greenblatt, Renaissance Self-Fashioning (1980)
G. Holmes, The Florentine Enlightenment
J. Huizinga, The Waning of the Middle Ages (1954)
C.S. Lewis, The Discarded Image (1971)
H.A. Mason, Humanism and Poetry in the Early Tudor Period (repr 1980)
Murray Roston, Sixteenth-Century English Literature (1982)
K. Simon, A Renaissance Tapestry: The Gonzaga of Mantua (1988)
G. Waller, English Poetry of the Sixteenth Century (1986)
G.W.O. Woodward, A Short History of 16th Century England (1963)
E.M.W. Tillyard, The Elizabethan World Picture
James G Turner, Sexuality & gender in early modern Europe (repr 1995)

MS and Printing History
H.J. Chaytor, From Manuscript to Print (1945)
Elizabeth L. Eisenstein, The Printing Press as an Agent of Change (1982)
Sandra Hindman, D. Farquhar, Pen to Press: Illuminated Manuscripts and Printed Books
        in the First Century of Printing  (1977)
Marshall McLuhan, The Gutenberg Galaxy (1962)

Useful Sites
[all sites consulted in October, 1998]

Images of Medieval MSS on the Internet [link not working]

Electronic Texts/Journals
gopher:// [link not working]

Labyrinth:Resources for Medieval Studies

ORB, Online Reference for Medieval Studies (Art)

UCalifornia, Riverside Medieval History

UEvansville, Argos Limited Area Search of Ancient and Medieval Internet
Women in the Middle Ages [link not working][link not working]

Arthurian Legend in Comics