This course is devoted to the study of William Langland's masterpiece, Piers Plowman, a 7,000-line alliterative dream-vision in Middle English. Experimental in form and ideologically cutting-edge, Piers Plowman captured the imagination of fourteenth- and fifteenth-century English writers. I like to think of it as the Canterbury Tales of its day. Graduate students from all disciplines and specializing in different periods are welcome to take this course, although participants should have some experience with Middle English.
Undergraduates need to fill out a permit form and receive the approval of the Graduate Chair, their advisor, and the professor for all 500-level courses.