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MEDIEVAL ENGLISH LITERATURES II: BASILISKS, DRAGONS AND THE MANTICORE: ANIMALS IN MEDIEVAL ENGLISH LITERATURE
Country - Partner Institution - Programs: Germany - Free University of Berlin - 'Free Univ. Berlin'
UC Course SubjectEnglish
Number & Suffix: 109 E
Full UC Title: MEDIEVAL ENGLISH LITERATURES II: BASILISKS, DRAGONS AND THE MANTICORE: ANIMALS IN MEDIEVAL ENGLISH LITERATURE 
Transcript Title: MEDIEVAL LIT:ANIMAL 
UC QTR Units - Division: 4.5 - Upper Division 
Course Description: This course covers the history of animal imagery which is strongly dependent on ancient and medieval animal lore. Medieval animal imagery influenced and still influences modern culture, the knowledge on animals in the Middle Ages was strongly indebted to ancient natural history, travel literature, and early Christian texts. Frequently, the faulty transfer of early animal lore was responsible for the creation of fictitious animals, such as the basilisk, dragon, manticore (‘man eater’), or unicorn. This transfer of knowledge served anthropocentric purposes which are explored in class. Furthermore, the class discusses medieval man’s attitude to and use of animals as revealed in Old English, Middle English, and Middle Scots literature. Special attention is paid to the animal as an educational tool for all levels of medieval society. Entries in John Trevisa’s natural encyclopedia ON THE PROPERTY OF THINGS are studied, along with passages from the so-called WONDERS OF THE EAST and the Old and Middle English PHYSIOLOGUS versions as well as bird debate poems, fables, and tales of the beast epic. 
Language of Instruction: English
 
Partner Title: MEDIEVAL ENGLISH LITERATURES II: BASILISKS, DRAGONS AND THE MANTICORE: ANIMALS IN MEDIEVAL ENGLISH LITERATURE 
Partner University Department: Englische Philologie 
Partner University Course Number: 17330