English 240 Analytical Themes

        Our primary focus in English 240 will be the reconstruction of a variety of medieval ways of thinking, the mentalitÚ of a character, a narrator, an author, or the entire work, that makes this era's literature both similar to and different from modern literature.  This list of issues that are likely to emerge as we read and discuss this material is intended to stimulate your thinking and to help you find points of connection for your in-class presentations.  The list is not intended to foreclose other kinds of inquiries you might pursue.