The Plague in Medieval Literature

   Wednesdays, 2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., March 31, April 7, 14, 21, 28, May 5



COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course  explores  representations  of  the  Black  Death in  medieval  literature  in  this   6-session   course.   Writers   such   as Petrarch, Boccaccio, Chaucer and  William  Langland  as  well  as  others will be at the center of the conversations about the  impact  of plague  on society, culture, and life. The class will examine both the experience of the plague as reflected in the works and the various ways people responded to it. Class  members  will  attempt  to  understand  this  while   also   shining   a   light on our own experiences with the current pandemic.

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     INSTRUCTOR:  Professor Johanna Fisher

     Adjunct Professor, Department of English

    Co-Director of Women and Gender Studies