Comparative Literature | Literary Traditions in Medieval Europe
C523 | 25199 | Prof. McGerr

MW 1:00-2:15   SY 001

This course introduces students to the beauty, humor, and
intellectual sophistication of texts written in Europe between the
sixth and fifteenth centuries, in order to help students learn more
about medieval European cultures and allow students to compare early
literary traditions in Europe with literatures from other times and
other areas of the world.  Another course goal is to help students
enhance their general ability to read and write about texts
analytically.  We will study representative medieval works from a
variety of genres and modes (including epic, romance, lyric, drama,
allegorical narrative, and satire).  We will explore such issues as
the emergence of vernacular literature in the Middle Ages, the
relationship of oral and written presentation of medieval texts, the
influence of classical and Christian traditions on medieval texts,
the relationship of medieval literature to music and the visual
arts, and the social forces that shaped European literature during
this time.

Our texts will include a selection of lyric poems from the Latin and
vernacular traditions, the Song of Roland, the Song of the Cid,
Chrétien Troyes's  Yvain, Marie de France's Lais, Wolfram von
Eschenbach's Parzival, Guillaume de Lorris and Jean de Meun's
Romance of the Rose, Dante's Divine Comedy,  The Second Shepherd's
Play, and Everyman.

Students in C 321 will take a mid-term and final exam and write one
critical essay of six to eight pages.  The class will also examine
medieval manuscripts at the Lilly Library.  Students in C 523 will
write a response paper (2-3 pp.), a project proposal (3-5 pp.), and
a research project paper (20-25 pp.)

C321 satisfies  COAS Cultural Studies List A & AHLA requirements.