Western World Lit: Middle Ages
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Contact hours total
Survey of representative texts explores Middle Ages, Renaissance, up to the 18th century Enlightenment, including rise of Christianity, chivalry, and the vision quest. Need not be taken in sequence.
1. Knowledge of western world literature
a. Define and explain typical genres (such as epic poetry, lyric poetry, drama, and novels) and other significant characteristics of the Western Medieval, Renaissance and Enlightenment literary-historical periods.
b. Explain and illustrate defining cultural values and intellectual trends incorporated into and informing literature from these literary-historical periods.
c. Identify major writers and their works from Medieval, Renaissance and Enlightenment Western World literature.
d. Trace major developments in Western literature over time, by identifying elements of continuing and change in representative works from different Western literary-historical periods.
2. Literary Analysis and Interpretation
a. Develop persuasive individual interpretations of literature from the Medieval, Renaissance and Enlightenment periods based on close reading, using pertinent evidence from the literary texts.
b. Apply knowledge of Medieval, Renaissance and Enlightenment literary history and cultures—literary genres and their features, cultural values and intellectual trends typical of these periods—to literary analysis of representative individual texts.
General education/Related instruction lists
- Arts and Letters
- Cultural Literacy