The course will present a survey of major works of medieval literature from some of the principal literary traditions of the Middle Ages, with an emphasis on epic and on Arthurian romance. The epics that will be examined are the Song of Roland and Beowulf, as well as the Old Irish saga of the Táin; the romances are those of Chrétien de Troyes, along with Gottfied von Strassburg’s Tristan, Ulrich von Zatzikhoven’s Lanzelet, and the Middle English Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. Included in the survey will be the chantefable of Aucassin and Nicolette, the Arthurian section of Geoffrey of Monmouth’s History of the Kings of Britain, and several of the native tales and romances of the Middle Welsh Mabinogion. A selection of troubadour lyrics will round out the survey.
All texts will be available in English translation. Course requirements will include a midterm and a final examination.
Anon., The Song of Roland
Anon., The Táin
Anon., The Mabinogion
Anon., Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
Anon., Aucassin and Nicolette
Chrétien de Troyes, Erec and Enide
Lancelot or the Knight of the Cart
Perceval or The Story of the Grail
Geoffrey of Monmouth, History of the Kings of Britain
Gottfried von Strassburg, Tristan
Ulrich von Zatzikhoven, Lanzelet
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