Course Code
LITS 0180
Course Type
Subject Credit
Course Availability

During the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, chivalry developed as a distinct set of sensibilities within the western European elite.  Chivalric values were martial, Christian, noble, and masculine.  They did not remain static, but over time became increasingly highly elaborated, more courtly, and more intensely Christian.  These social and cultural attitudes were formulated, explored and at times critiqued in the epic and romance vernacular literature of this period, in particular the Arthurian cycle, and the Matter of France.  This course explores that literature in social and cultural context.

Sample Topics

  • La Chanson de Roland
  • Marie de France, Lais
  • Chr├ętien de Troyes, Arthurian Romances
  • Raoul de Cambrai
  • Wolfran von Escehenbach, Parzival
  • Gottfried von Strassburg, Tristan
  • The Poem of The Cid
  • The Lancelot-Grail Cycle