We will use the files below to research literary critical analysis, which we will use to analyze our texts for the rest of the semester.
Read the following passages from The Canterbury Tales (in your text book):
"The General Prologue to the Canterbury Tales"
pp. 138 (line 1) through p. 144 (line 120)
p. 159 (Line 735) through p. 162 (line 856)
"The Pardoner's Tale"
p. 166 (line 1) through p. 176 (line 340).
You'll find the answers to questions 1-9 of the handout in parts 1 & 2, and answers to questions 10-20 in part 3.
Read the two articles about The 13th Warrior/Eaters of the Dead, then compare the film to Beowulf.
Read the excerpts from Beowulf found in your textbook (starting on page 38).
If you need to share your book with a partner, that's fine. You can also work on the handout with a partner as well, but you each need to turn in your own handout. The handout will serve as a study guide for the test (next Friday, 10/3).
If you finish reading all the excerpts in the book and also the handout, begin working on the following Anglo-Saxon riddle exercise.
Writing Guides and Tips
Here are several guides that I have written or come across in recent years that we'll take a look at to help us craft our first essay.
How to Read Literature Like a Professor
by Thomas C. Foster
If you only ever read one book about how to read books, this is it. It's funny, it's insightful, and it will make you see pretty much any literature or media you encounter from then on in a new light (as well as the things you've already seen, read, or heard).
Commons Sources of Allusions
As we begin our study of British literature, I want to spend some time looking at some of the oldest sources of inspiration we'll encounter in our texts, myths and legends.