French and Italian | Medieval French Literature 1
F501 | 2659 | Mickel


The purpose of F501 is to teach students to read Old French, to
prepare them to use historical and literary documents and to prepare
them for a broader study of Old French literature. We read all of
Marie de France's Lais and we read approximately 2000 lines of
the Chanson de Roland. Close attention is given to forms of
grammar and Old French syntax. Additional readings and discussion
involve texts basic to an understanding of the Middle Ages:
Prudentius' Psychomachia, Boethius' On the Consolation of
Philosophy, Einhardt's Life of Charlemagne, Augustine's
On Christian Doctrine. Each day some time is given to reading,
some to commentary, and some to lecture and discussion. Usually there
is a term paper and one exam. Cross-listed with Medieval Studies.