Course Code
LITS 0160
Course Type
Subject Credit
Course Availability

This course delves into the Medieval European convention of courtly love, or amour courtois, as it was first labelled by Gaston Paris in the nineteenth century.

Sample Syllabus

  • Andreas Capellanus, On Love
  • The Romance of the Rose
  • Geoffrey Chaucer, dream visions:  Book of the Duchess; Parliament of Fowls
  • Giovanni Boccaccio, Il Filostrato (translated approximately as “laid prostrate by love”).
  • Geoffrey Chaucer, Troilus and Criseyde
  • Christine de Pizan, The Letter of the God of Love.
  • Chrétien de Troyes, Yvain, the Knight of the Lion; Lancelot, the Knight of the Cart.
  • Gottfried von Strassburg, Tristan and Isolt
  • Petrarch (Francesco Petrarca), Il Canzoniere (The Song Book)
  • Modern construction of medieval Courtly Love tropes: C. S. Lewis, The Allegory of Love