Comparative Literature | Medieval Literature: Literary Traditions in Medieval Europe
C321 | 13538 | Prof. R. McGerr

Meets with MEST M390
TR 1:00-2:15
Satisfies  COLL Cultural Studies List A & AHLA requirements

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.

READINGS: 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 de 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.

REQUIREMENTS: Students in C 321 will answer study questions, take
mid-term and final exams, and write one critical essay of six to
eight pages.