Schedule

François Schuiten & Benoît Peeters, “La Route d’Armilia” (Cités Obscures)

PDF of the syllabus & schedule

PART ONE: MARIE DE FRANCE, LAIS

Week 1: 4-6 January
(↑ click on the link for this week’s detailed schedule *)

INTRODUCTORY WEEK
Wednesday 04/01:

→→→ course introduction
Friday 06/01:
→→→ reading to prepare in advance for today’s class: Marie de France (1)

→→→ discussion

Week 2: 9-13 January
Monday 09/01:
→→→ reading: Marie de France (2)
→→→ lecture
Wednesday 11/01:
→→→ reading: Marie de France (3)
→→→ lecture

PART TWO: THE ROMANCE OF THE ROSE

Friday 13/01:
→→→ reading: Romance of the Rose (1): first impressions
→→→ discussion

Week 3: 16-20 January
Monday 16/01:
→→→ reading: Romance of the Rose (2)
→→→ lecture
Wednesday 18/01:
→→→ reading: Romance of the Rose (3)
→→→ lecture
Friday 20/01:
→→→ reading: Romance of the Rose (4)
→→→ discussion

Week 4: 23-27 January
Monday 23/01:
→→→ reading: Romance of the Rose (5)
→→→ lecture
Wednesday 25/01:
→→→ reading: Romance of the Rose (6)
→→→ lecture

Friday 27/01:
→→→ reading: Romance of the Rose (7)
→→→ discussion

PART THREE: THE BOOK OF THE COURTIER

Week 5: 30 January – 3 February
Monday 30/01:
→→→ reading: The Book of the Courtier (1)
→→→ lecture
Wednesday 01/02:
→→→ reading: The Book of the Courtier (2)
Friday 03/02:
→→→ reading: The Book of the Courtier (3)

Week 6: 6-10 February
Monday 06/02:

→→→ reading: The Book of the Courtier (4)
Wednesday 08/02:
→→→ reading: The Book of the Courtier (5)
→→→ lecture
Friday 10/02:
→→→ reading: The Book of the Courtier (6)
→→→ discussion

PART FOUR: THE PRINCE

Week 7: 13-17 February
Monday 13/02:
→→→ reading: The Prince (1)
→→→ lecture
Wednesday 15/02:
→→→ reading: The Prince (2)
→→→ lecture
Friday 17/02:
→→→ MID-TERM EXAM: a critical essay on ONE of the texts studied so far in this course this term; there will be a choice of four questions, one on each text.

MID-TERM BREAK: 18-26 FEBRUARY

PART FIVE: THE CELESTINA

Week 8: 27 February – 2 March
Monday 27/02:
→→→ reading: The Celestina (1)
→→→ lecture
Wednesday 29/02:
→→→ reading: The Celestina (2)
→→→ lecture
Friday 02/03:
→→→ reading: The Celestina (3)
→→→ discussion

Week 9: 5-9 March
Monday 05/03:
→→→ reading: The Celestina (4)
→→→ lecture

PART SIX: THE HEPTAMERON

Wednesday 07/03:
→→→ reading: Heptameron (1)
→→→ lecture
Friday 09/03:
→→→ reading: Heptameron (2)
→→→ discussion

Week 10: 12-16 March
Monday 12/03:
→→→ reading: Heptameron (3)
→→→ lecture
Wednesday 14/03:
→→→ reading: Heptameron (4)
→→→ lecture
Friday 16/03:
→→→ reading: Heptameron (5)
→→→ NO CLASS TODAY
Option 1: blog post on today’s reading
Option 2: attend any session of the UBC Medieval Workshop (16-18 March) and blog about your experience. Bonus: besides contributing to your portfolio, this blog post can ALSO be substituted for one quiz.
Suggestions for sessions:
Friday 12.00-1.00 keynote lecture (during our usual class time)
Saturday 12.00-1.00 keynote lecture

Week 11: 19-23 March
Monday 19/03:
→→→ reading: Heptameron (6)
→→→ lecture
Wednesday 21/03:
→→→ reading: Heptameron (7)
→→→ lecture
Friday 23/03:
→→→ discussion

PART SEVEN: LAZARILLO DE TORMES & THE SWINDLER

Week 12: 26-30 March
Monday 26/03:
→→→ introduction & bridge across books
→→→ lecture
Wednesday 28/03:
→→→ reading: Lazarillo de Tormes (1)
→→→ lecture
Friday 30/03:
→→→ reading: Lazarillo de Tormes (2) & The Swindler (1)
→→→ discussion

Week 13: 2-6 April
Monday 02/04:

→→→ reading: The Swindler (2)

THE END…

Wednesday 04/04:
→→→ POSTER SESSION
Friday 06/04:
NO CLASS (Good Friday)

Examination period

→→→ optional review sessions

Tuesday 17/04:
→→→ projects due by midnight

Thursday 19 April, 12:00 noon
FINAL EXAMINATION (place t.b.c.):
1 short question about your project (=25% of exam mark)
+ 1 comparative essay: on 2-3 of the texts studied in this course. There will be a choice of questions (=75% of exam mark)

The schedule is subject to change and revision.

* Detailed day-by-day schedules for each part of the course—Marie de France’s Lais, the Romance of the Rose, etc.—with readings for each day will be posted on the appropriate pages (in the horizontal navigation bar just above this post, under the header-image), and the current one will also appear (from week 1 onwards) at this course site’s home-page. These detailed schedules will also be linked to this page, week by week.

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