Read centuries-old stories that offer modern insights.
Explore the timeless wisdom of old stories.
When people think of Literature – in all its important weightiness – they often think of the Renaissance stories by Shakespeare and Milton or older Classical tales like the Odyssey or the Aeneid. The Classical, Medieval & Renaissance concentration at Signum University gives students an opportunity to examine these popular tales from long ago and decipher why they stand the test of time.
Why Study Classical, Medieval & Renaissance Literature?
More than perhaps any other activity, the telling of stories are what make humans unique from other forms of life. Language allows communication, but stories give us the ability to ruminate on why we’re here, what our purpose is, and how we can improve not only our own lives, but the lives of those around us as well.
Studying stories from long ago gives us the opportunity to see how our forebears lived, thought, and approached the problems in their day. Although we have made many technological changes – some call them advances – since their time, the basic questions of life, relationship, and society have not changed all that much. The answers available to us to meet those questions are, in many cases, the same answers that the storytellers of old had available to them.
At Signum, we do not believe that the stories of one era are inherently better than the stories of another; that said, the passage of time tends to work as a filter by allowing the finest stories to sift down to us. Focusing on the Classical works of Homer or Virgil, the Medieval works of Chaucer or Malory, and the Renaissance works of Shakespeare, among others, allows us to engage with some of the best and brightest minds and consider the ideas those minds produced.
Bringing Classic Literature to Online Education
Signum University provides a fresh way of reading and studying the old stories that have become a staple of literature programs the world around. As part of our premier degree program, the M.A. in Language & Literature, this concentration in Classical, Medieval & Renaissance Literature breathes new life into a centuries-old discipline.
Classical, Medieval & Renaissance Literature Lecturers
Dr. Corey Olsen
Dr. Tom Shippey
Dr. Faith Acker
Dr. Verlyn Flieger
Dr. Dimitra Fimi
Classical, Medieval & Renaissance Literature Classes
Below is a list of all the courses Signum offers on classic, medieval and renaissance literature. Students seeking a M.A. or Certificate with a concentration in Classical, Medieval & Renaissance Literature must take at least five of these courses.
|ID||Course Name||Duration||Start Date|
|LNGC 5302||Beowulf in Old English||12 weeks||May 6, 2019|
|LITD 5304||Beowulf Through Tolkien||12 Weeks||January 15, 2018|
|LITC 5302||C.S. Lewis and Mythologies of Love and Sex||12 weeks||May 2, 2016|
|LITA 5308||Celtic Myth in Children’s Fantasy||12 Weeks||May 8, 2017|
|LITD 5301||Chaucer I: Visions of Love||12 Weeks||August 28, 2017|
|LITD 5302||Chaucer II: The Canterbury Tales||12 Weeks||January 15, 2018|
|LNGC 5311||Eddic Poetry in Old Norse||12 weeks||August 27, 2018|
|LITC 5304||Norse Myths and Sagas||12 weeks||January 14, 2019|
|LITD 5305||Shakespeare and the Middle Ages||12 Weeks||January 16, 2017|
|LITD 5303||The Arthur Story||12 Weeks||May 21, 2012|
|LITD 5307||The Inklings and King Arthur||12 Weeks||May 6, 2019|
|LITD 5306||The Life and Times of the English Epic||12 Weeks||January 14, 2019|
At least one Classical, Medieval & Renaissance Literature course will be offered each semester. Courses will be offered on a rotating basis every 2 – 3 years. Course order, frequency, and availability may change without notice. Links to course descriptions above may go to an older version of the course. For current course offerings, visit the Signum course catalog.