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Mon ultime prière: Ô mon corps, fais de moi toujours un homme qui interroge!

— Fanon

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

Readings:
Chrétien de Troyes, Le Chevalier de la charette, Le Conte du Graal; La Quete du Saint Graal; Strubel (ed.), Guillaume de Lorris and Jean de Meun, Le roman de la rose; Kibler, Introduction to Old French; selected readings

Course Description:
This course provides an introduction to medieval French literature, starting with some of the most important courtly works of the late twelfth century and tracing their adapations in selected major works of the thirteenth century. Among the topics will be the nature and appearance of courtly poetry, the invention of romantic love, the transmission of Celtic themes in the matière de Bretagne, the legend of King Arthur and the myth of the Grail, the early comic traditions, and early theater. Some work will be done on medieval manuscripts and the transmission of these texts (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 included and key passages will be read in their original linguistic form.

Prerequisites:
French 102 or consent of instructor.

Additional information:
Knowledge of Old French not required; readings in modern French translation. This course satisfies 1 Historical Period Requirement in French major; satisfies 1 “Literature” course or 1 “Elective” course in French major. Satisfies Letters and Science breadth requirement in Arts and Literature; Priority enrollment for declared French majors.

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