ENG 311 / MED 309

The Medieval Period

Donald Vance Smith

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Who am I? Or, rather, “Who is ‘I’?” The invention of the “meta” text, the untrustworthy narrator, the intimate or embarrassing confession, even the invention of the self: these have all been used to describe what makes the modern different from the medieval. This course will read some of the most important medieval texts to explore the question of whether there was a self, an “I,” a subject, a person, or an author in the Middle Ages, and how it differs, or doesn’t, from what I am, or you are, now.

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