College of Arts and Sciences | Adventure and Risk: Medieval Knights and the Battle between Good and Evil
E103 | 11657 | Keller


1:25 PM - 2:15 PM TR
See the Schedule of Classes for discussion section times.

The "woods of this world" are full of fascinating figures-men and
women who take risks and throw themselves into adventures with an
uncertain outcome. Medieval novels reveal their upbringing, their
values and motivations and picture them as bright, dark or
ambivalent figures. In this course, we will read some of the most
famous novels of the Middle Ages. Hence, students will get to know,
for example, Tristan, Isolde, Siegfried, and Parzival.

These texts 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. This will also be the field covered by our discussions.

In this course, students will learn to read and interpret a medieval
tale through texts and films. In learning about the function of
medieval media (such as story-telling), we will also 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.