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Lecture 1

ENGL 141 Lecture 1: Medieval Literature Lecture 09/28/2017

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Fall 2017

Department
English
Course Code
ENGL 141
Professor
Eric Jager
Lecture
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Deus ex machina = God out of the machine
wyrd = modern “weird”
449 A.D - 1066 A.D (Our course timeline)
Celtic original population, then came the Romans (0), and then the Germanic Tribes (449), then
the Norman Conquest (1066)
So we’re looking at literature between the Germanic Tribe Conquest and the Norman Conquest
1100-1500, we have something called Middle English Literature.
Old English (Anglo-Saxon): 450-1100 Beowulf
Middle English: 1100-1500 Chaucer
Early Modern English: 1500-1700 Shakespeare
Modern English: 1700-present Defoe, Austen
Anglo-Saxon is restricted to use to describe ethnic people.
Old English refers to the linguistics.
Medieval people had no idea that they were living in the Middle Ages. Modern people know that
they are living in the Modern Period. They assume that they are modern people. Historically
speaking, the term “modern” has older roots than “medieval”.
Abbot Suger, around 1100, refers to his time as modern compared to the ancient Greeks and
Romans. Centuries later during the Renaissance, the term “medieval” was coined.
“Medieval” was invented from the term “modern” which came from antiquity (ancient Greeks and
Romans).
“Medieval” means “a middle age”.
The age of superstition and mediocre achievements.
It is not nearly as glorious as the age of antiquity.
Renaissance was like the age of antiquity; made sculptures like the Romans.
Nothing really happened during the Middle Ages compared to the antiquity and the
Renaissance. The original moderns were the Medievals.
Enlightenment: 1800
Industrial Age: 1900
We’re looking at a world where there is hereditary monarchy, lack of women’s rights, education
system, laws and institutions, technological differences, and the outlook/mentality of the Middle
Ages.
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Deus ex machina = God out of the machine wyrd = modern weird 449 A.D - 1066 A.D (Our course timeline) Celtic original population, then came the Romans (0), and then the Germanic Tribes (449), then the Norman Conquest (1066) So were looking at literature between the Germanic Tribe Conquest and the Norman Conquest 1100-1500, we have something called Middle English Literature. Old English (Anglo-Saxon): 450-1100 Beowulf Middle English: 1100-1500 Chaucer Early Modern English: 1500-1700 Shakespeare Modern English: 1700-present Defoe, Austen Anglo-Saxon is restricted to use to describe ethnic people. Old English refers to the linguistics. Medieval people had no idea that they were living in the Middle Ages. Modern people know that they are living in the Modern Period. They assume that they are modern people. Historically speaking, the term modern has older roots than medieval. Abbot Suger, around 1100, refers to his time as modern compared to the ancient Greeks and Romans. Centuries later during the Renaissance, the term medieval was coined. Medieval was invented from the term modern which came from antiquity (ancient Greeks and Romans). Medieval means a middle age. The age of superstition and mediocre achievements. It is not nearly as glorious as the age of antiquity. Renaissance was like the age of antiquity; made sculptures like the Romans. Nothing really happened during the Middle Ages compared to the antiquity and the Renaissance. The original moderns were the Medievals. Enlightenment: 1800 Industrial Age: 1900 Were looking at a world where there is hereditary monarchy, lack of womens rights, education system, laws and institutions, technological differences, and the outlook/mentality of the Middle Ages. Mentalities differ by locations, but there was some similarities. Sun, moon, minus the stars. The earth was round and was the moving center of the world. Heaven was above and hell was below. Angels swarmed in the air to either seiz
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