You must attend at least 8 chatroom meetings, otherwise loss of points.
Week one (starts on Dec. 17): historical background: Chatroom meeting 1, 8 p.m.
Read the article by Emily Amt and A. Classen (online); focus only on the section written by Amt, i.e., the first 5 pp.
Chatroom meeting 1: Dec. 17, 8 p.m.
Chatroom meeting 2: Dec. 19, 8 p.m.
Read Beowulf: first third up to Dec. 19: Hrothgar's plight, Grendel, B. vs. Grendel
Chatroom meeting 3: Dec. 21, 8 p.m. Finish reading of Beowulf, including the killing of Grendel's mother and the dragon. The hero and memory/mourning
Sun., Dec. 23: 1st paper is due, 5 p.m.: I'll provide you with questions reg. the early, high, and late Middle Ages, based on the article, and reg. Beowulf (early part only (including the death of Grendel's mother)
Chatroom meeting 4: Dec. 24, 8 p.m.: We continue with Beowulf: battle against the dragon
Chatroom meeting 5: Dec. 27, 8 p.m.: We conclude with Beowulf (summary evaluation) and begin with the Nibelungenlied (we read only excerpts: chapters 1-20, 25, 27, 37-39: we'll begin with 1-20 today)
Chatroom meeting 6: Dec. 29, 8 p.m.: Nibelungenlied (25, 27)
Chatroom meeting 7: Dec. 31, 8 p.m.: Concluding the Nibelungenlied (37-39); I'll provide questions for your 2nd paper
2nd paper is due Jan. 1, 5 p.m.: Beowulf and NL
Chatroom meeting 8: Jan. 2, 8 p.m.: El Poema de Mio Cid (we read the first half, until Valencia has been conquered)
Chatroom meeting 9: Jan. 4, 8 p.m., El Poema (second half; focus on the Infantes, their performance, their violent treatment of their wives, the appeal to the king, the fight, restoration of Cid's honor)
Chatroom meeting 10: Jan. 6, 8 p.m.: Chanson de Roland (first half): death of most men, only R and Olivier have survived)
Chatroom meeting 11: Jan. 7, 12 p.m. (in preparation for the exam); second half of Roland: Roland's death, return of Charlemagne, victory
Final exam due, Jan. 8, at 5 p.m. (essay questions; I'll post them a few days early)
Last day of class: Jan. 8