PREREQUISITE: SPAN-UA 811 OR SPAN-UA 815 OR PERMISSION
SAME AS ENGL-UA 950-002.
Text and Image in Medieval English Literature” The intermingling of texts and images in the artistic production of the Middle Ages is one of its most pervasive and fascinating aspects. On the pages of medieval books, individual letters could frame or even become imageswhile clergy opined that pictures of biblical stories in stained glass windows could serve as “books” for the illiterate. In this seminar, we will explore the ways medieval written texts can be seen as images and the ways medieval images can be read as texts. We will also explore the interactions and overlaps between text and imagein such medieval literary forms as dream vision, ekphrasis, and allegory. Our study will begin with the highly influential French dream vision The Romance of the Rose(read in a modern English translation) and go on to focus primarily on works by Chaucer (his dream visions and a selection of the Canterbury Tales, read in Middle English),making reference at all times to the books in which these works are preserved and to the aspects of medieval visual and material culture they depict.
SAME AS ENGL-UA 950