Courses available in French


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French 112A: Medieval French Literature — Continuity and Change in Thirteenth-Century French Literature


The Chanson de Roland, ed. Short (ISBN 978-2-253-05341-4); Tristan et Iseut, ed. Walter (ISBN 978-2-253-05085-7); Chretien de Troyes, Le Chevalier de la Charrette (ISBN 978-2-253-05401-6), Le Chevalier au Lion (ISBN 978-2-253-06652-1) and Kibler, Intro to Old French.

Course Description:
The subject of this course is the most creative period of medieval literature, in which the epic still flourished but courtliness and the romance were born. Among the topics will be oral tradition, the chanson de geste, the troubadours of southern France and the rise of courtliness, the women troubadours, the values of courtly society, the invention of romantic love, adultery and faithfulness, the transmission of Celtic themes in the matière de Bretagne, the legends of King Arthur, Lancelot and Guinevere, Tristan and Iseut, as well as medieval manuscripts (including a session viewing manuscripts in the Bancroft Library). Most of the texts will be read in modern French, but instruction in the Old French language will be an important component of the class and key passages will be read in their original linguistic form.

French 102 or consent of instructor.

Additional information:

Knowledge of Old French not required; readings in modern French translation. This course satisfies 1 French Major course requirement in the “Literature/Genre” category or 1 French Major course requirement in the “Elective” category.  This course also satisfies 1 Historical Period Requirement in the French major. Satisfies one course requirement in the French minor.  Priority enrollment for declared French majors and minors.

Satisfies the College of Letters and Science breadth requirement in Arts and Literature or International Studies.

Section times and locations in the Schedule of Classes