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Martin Warren

Associate Professor of English
Degree
Ph.D., University of Minnesota
M.A., St. John's University (Minnesota)
At St. Thomas since 1998
Office
JRC 307
Phone
(651) 962-5665

I am a medievalist whose main area of concentration is the 14th and 15th centuries. Besides teaching Chaucer, I teach the literature of King Arthur from its beginnings to the present day. Tolkien is a favorite of mine, especially since he was a medievalist. When I teach Tolkien, I teach about the medieval background to his major literary works such as The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. Other areas that I work in are literary theory and science fiction. What fascinates me about science fiction is how it helps us to ask all kinds of great questions about how life and the universe works, whether it’s religious, political, or philosophical questions. At present, I am working on a project to do with the Gawain-poet who wrote the excellent poem, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.

Summer 2016 Courses

Summer 2016 Courses
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GENG 698 - 01 Independent Reading - - - - - - - -
CRN: 30549 3 Credit Hours Instructor: Martin L. Warren

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GENG 698 - 03 Independent Reading - - - - - - - -
CRN: 30621 3 Credit Hours Instructor: Martin L. Warren

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Fall 2016 Courses

Fall 2016 Courses
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ENGL 211 - L01 British Authors I M - W - F - - 1055 - 1200 JRC 301
CRN: 41610 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Martin L. Warren How have heroic ideals changed from Beowulf to the 18th century? How did marriage evolve from an arrangement between tribes and families to love between two people? Such questions will be explored in a chronological framework through extensive readings in the British literary tradition in the period from approximately 900-1780. Threaded throughout the literature are themes such as war and conflict, the history of love, humor and satire, social reform, religious reform and the rights of the individual. This course fulfills the Historical Perspectives requirement in the English major. Prerequisites: ENGL 201, 202, 203, or 204.

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GENG 521 - 01 Medieval Lit in Context M - - - - - - 1800 - 2100 JRC 481
CRN: 42436 3 Credit Hours Instructor: Martin L. Warren This course will introduce you to the vernacular-language literature of the British Middle Ages–the foundation upon which modern English literature stands. In addition to presenting a number of important medieval authors and works, this course will familiarize you with medieval attitudes toward authorship and textuality, with medieval modes of textual production, transmission and reception, and with specific textual practices relevant to the interpretation of medieval literature. Readings have been chosen as examples of the major literary genres practiced in the Middle Ages, genres such as epic, elegy, lyric, dream vision, romance, Breton lai, autobiography and drama. All readings except materials from the "Canterbury Tales" will be read in modern translations. By the end of the semester, you will be familiar with the significant English-language authors and works of the 8th to 15th centuries and have an understanding of the historical development of vernacular English literature during that period. In all of this, the course will offer, just as the medieval arts themselves were supposed to, the ideal union of “sentence and solas”—instruction and entertainment. This course satisfies the pre-1830 British Literature distribution requirement.

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GENG 698 - 02 Independent Reading - - - - - - - -
CRN: 42274 3 Credit Hours Instructor: Martin L. Warren

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J-Term 2017 Courses

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