HUM-H390 — Saints, Sinners and Swords: Medieval European Literature — winter 2017–2018

This table shows what you should do for each classday; all work should be completed before the start of class on the date for which it’s listed. To put it another way, tests are listed on the day they will be given and assignments on the day they are due.

Week One
Monday, 27 November Introduction to the class. There is no assignment for today, just come to class.
Tuesday, 28 November For today, you need to read part of a text that will be handed out on Monday, watch a brief video essay, and also listen to the following two songs, paying attention to all aspects of the lyrics, musical composition and performance. In class I will ask what you notice about each piece. It is important to listen to the clips below, and not other versions or recordings of these songs.
The first is Bob Dylan’s 1965 recording of his composition Mr. Tambourine Man. Very little of his original recordings are available online. You can use this link to listen to it for free on Spotify, although if you do not have a spotify account you will be asked to supply your e-mail address and supposed birthdate. If you don’t want to do that, see the link below.
Bob Dylan, Mr. Tambourine Man, 1965, from the album Bringing It All Home.
If you don’t want to mess with Spotify, then here is Bob Dylan performing Mr. Tambourine Man at the New York Folk Festival in 1964. But, I strongly prefer that you listen to the later studio version at the first link.
The second piece for today was written and performed by Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings in 1994: Dry Town.
You should also read stanzas 44–70 of The Book of Good Love, as handed out in class on Monday.
In addition, if you will not be offended by the profanity or brief violence present in the clips of the R-rated film that is the basis of the essay then here is a link to a six minute video on YouTube that is in many ways very similar in content to what I will be looking for in the projects you will do for this class: Burn After Reading — Beyond Stupid, by Yoann Casals. If you are offended by profanity or violence, then do not watch this video.
Thursday, 30 November Read stanzas 71–188 of The Book of Good Love, as handed out in class on Monday.
Friday, 1 December Today we will finish what we started earlier in the week, or do something else if we've already finished what we started. You may wish to start reading the text for next week.