Wednesday, December 10, 2008

What to Read for Freaks and Monsters

I've had a couple of requests for my reading list for the medieval lit survey course in the Spring (ENG 4402 for the hometown crowd). I've decided to go with a "freaks and monsters" theme, so here are the primary texts. I've ordered the Penguin or Signet Classic version of each one from the bookstore -- 'cause I'm cheap. You can order a different version if the spirit moves you.

  • Alighieri, Dante. The Divine Comedy (though we'll only read The Inferno, I think).
  • Boccaccio, Giovanni. The Decameron.
  • Byock, Jesse L, trans. The Saga of King Hrolf Kraki.
  • Byock, Jesse L, trans. The Saga of the Volsungs.
  • Gerald of Wales, The History & Topography of Ireland.
  • Mandeville, John. The Travels of Sir John Mandeville.
  • Ovid, The Metamorphoses.

That's it. Because it's technically a survey course with a theme (rather than, say, a Selected Topics course), I've left out secondary works for the moment, and will probably handle them through handouts and directing you to them for research papers. I still have time to change my mind, though, so don't get too comfy.


  1. Anonymous9:19 PM

    I always did love a good freak LOL.--fawn

  2. hey, thanks for posting this. :)