This course explores a wide range of medieval literature (all in modern English translation) from
around the world. The focus will be “global” in two senses: our texts take readers on journeys
with medieval heroes, merchants, exiles, pilgrims, and other travelers to far-reaching locations;
even more importantly, these works are cross-cultural in form and content, created within global
contexts and reflecting a vast array of influences from diverse oral and literary traditions. While
all of the stories we will read have origins in the Middle Ages, some continue to be told and
performed in parts of the world even today.