9:05 PM – 9:55 PM TR
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The “woods of this world” are full of fascinating figures who take risks and throw themselves into adventures with an uncertain outcome. Medieval tales reveal their values and motives and picture them as bright, dark or ambivalent figures:
Medieval epic and romance provide fertile ground for the development of Western concepts of risk and adventure, a field in which ideologies of adventure, fulfillment, self-realization and risk management are staked out.
In this course, students will get to know the protagonists from famous medieval and early-modern tales through texts, audio-versions and films (for example Perceval/Parzival, Lancelot, Faust, Simplicissimus). In learning about the function of medieval media (such as story-telling), we will cultivate the love of a good tale, at the same time identifying artistic, intellectual and religious themes that are closely linked to modern attempts to pursue happiness and present-day visions of individual and collective life.