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Chivalry in Literature

ENG 312 (Not currently offered)

Chivalry in Literature
(Not currently offered)

  • Course ID:ENG 312
  • Semesters:1
  • Department:English
  • Teachers:Chris Breslin

Description and Objectives

Is chivalry well and truly dead? This course will forcefully assert otherwise by looking at medieval and more recent works that explore the question: “What is a good man and how must he act?”

Reading, in-class discussion, and writing both in and out of class will help each student to grow in literary acumen overall and in the specifics of the matters that the books explore.

The student will be taught how to conduct research so as to be able to write a college-level, six-page term paper on an assigned topic.




Films, poems and guest lecturers will also be part of the mix.

  • Beowulf in Iraq–T.M. Johnson
  • The Song of Roland
  • The Epic of the Cid
  • The Knights of the Round Table
  • Idylls of the King–Alfred Lord Tennyson
  • The Compleat Gentleman–Brad Miner




Course Requirements

Quarter Grade=(Quiz Average x .3) +  (Test Average x .7). Whatever resultant number is will be the grade you get( with possible  extra credit points in  one point increments as applicable).

  • Expect one quiz per week.
  • Expect a test at the completion of each book. 
  • Assigned essays(summer book report included) are weighted as test grades.
  • Extra credit opportunities, to include  “pull-ups for points,” will be made available to the needy student.
  • Due work is due at the start of class.  
  • Late work will be penalized.
  • Read with a pen in hand to mark sections that cause questions or that catch your attention.
  • Seek help if you need it.  My door is almost always open. 




Successful Students

Successful students will arrive on time and will remain attentive through our text-based classroom discussions, contributing frequently to the dialogue. They will zealously prepare themselves for scheduled assessments and essay assignments.