Outline & syllabus

RMST 221: LITERATURES AND CULTURES OF THE ROMANCE WORLD I: MEDIEVAL TO EARLY MODERN –
ADVENTURES

Monday 11.00 – 12.00 noon Buchanan B141
Wednesday 11.00 – 12.00 noon Maths 204
Friday 11.00 – 12.00 noon Neville Scarfe 206

grammatica-3INSTRUCTOR

Juliet O’Brien
Assistant Professor
Department of French, Hispanic and Italian Studies
Office: Buchanan Tower 728
Office hours: Tuesdays & Thursdays 10.00 a.m. – 12.00 noon and by email appointment
Email: julietob(at)interchange(dot)ubc(dot)ca

ASSIGNMENTS

  • Weekly course blog entries, responses to readings, and comments
  • 5 short quizzes (22 January, 1 February, 10 March, 22 March, 12 April): questions based on course blog entries
  • Group project and presentation (12-16 April)
  • Midterm (12 February): short critical essay
  • Final examination (22 April, 12:00 noon – 2:30 p.m. CHEM 200): passages for rapid identification + short commentary + essay

The class will be conducted in English.

Weekly advance preparation and passages for close reading will be posted on this present UBC Blogs site in advance of each class, as will be assignments: in the “Course” menu on your right – ex. “Chrétien de Troyes“. Outlines for each class will appear after the event. (There will also be a link to this site from the WebCT Vista one.)

GRADING

Weekly blog entries

15%

Quizzes (in class)

20%

Group project and presentation

20%

Midterm (in class)

20%

Final examination

25%

READING LIST

Required

  • Chrétien de Troyes, Arthurian Romances. Trans. Carleton W. Carroll (Penguin)
  • Marco Polo, The Travels. Trans. Ronald Latham (Penguin)
  • Giovanni Boccaccio, The Decameron. Trans. G. H. McWilliam (Penguin)
  • François Rabelais, Gargantua and Pantagruel. Trans. M. A. Screech (Penguin)
  • Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Don Quixote. Trans. John Rutherford (Penguin)

All are available from the UBC Bookstore. Being standard editions, they will also be obtainable elsewhere.

Supplementary

  • Further online resources will be provided on this site: Medieval, Renaissance, and Early Modern sites and metasites; suggested reference works and style guides; and links to electronic projects, museum websites, and virtual galleries.

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WEEKLY SYLLABUS

Monday Wednesday Friday
Week 1 4 January

Introduction

6 January

Chrétien de Troyes: Cligès


8 January

C de T: Erec and Enid

Week 2 11 January

C de T: Lancelot


13 January

C de T: Lancelot & Yvain

15 January

C de T: Yvain

Week 3 18 January

C de T: Perceval

20 January

C de T: Perceval

22 January

C de T: discussion & review

Week 4 25 January

QUIZ 1: CHRÉTIEN DE TROYES

Marco Polo

27 January

Marco Polo

29 January

Marco Polo: discussion & review

Week 5 1 February

QUIZ 2: MARCO POLO

Boccaccio: Decameron


3 February

Boccaccio

5 February

Boccaccio

Week 6 8 February

Boccaccio

10 February

Boccaccio

12 February

MIDTERM


15 – 26 FEBRUARY: BREAK: OLYMPIC GAMES
Week 7 1 March

Boccaccio

3 March

Boccaccio

5 March

Boccaccio

Week 8 8 March

Boccaccio: discussion & review

10 March


QUIZ 3: BOCCACCIO

Rabelais (lecture)


12 March

Rabelais, Pantagruel

Week 9 15 March

Rabelais, Pantagruel

17 March

Rabelais, Gargantua


19 March

Rabelais: Gargantua

Week 10 22 March

Rabelais: discussion and review


24 March

QUIZ 4: RABELAIS

Cervantes, Don Quixote

26 March

Cervantes

Week 11 29 March

Cervantes

31 March

Cervantes

2 April

HOLIDAY


Week 12 5 April

HOLIDAY

7 April

Cervantes



9 April

Cervantes: discussion & review

Week 13 12 April

QUIZ 5: CERVANTES

PRESENTATIONS


14 April

PRESENTATIONS

REVISION

16 April

PROJECTS DUE
(midnight)

[Outline and syllabus subject to change.]