Minor in French Literature and Culture - Parallel Universes (Medieval Literature) FREN 3300   Parallel Universes (Medieval Literature)
CREDIT HOURS: 3
Introduction to Medieval French narrative literature (12th – 15th centuries) through the motif of the “other world”, whereby the protagonists gain access to a hidden, parallel world. Various examples and literary genres will be considered: lays (Faerie, the land of Cocaigne, etc.), Arthurian romance (the forest of Brocéliande, the island of Avalon, etc.), Alexandrian romance (the terrestrial Paradise, the enclosed land of Gog and Magog, “India” and “Ethiopia”, etc.), real and imaginary travel narratives (Saint Brendan’s Island, Cipangu [Japan], etc.), visions of the afterlife (Heaven, Hell, Purgatoire de Saint Patrice, etc.) or the Apocalypse. Texts will be studied in bilingual editions (Old or Middle French / Modern French).
FORMAT:
  • Lecture
  • Discussion

PREREQUISITES: FREN 2201.03/FREN 2202.03
EXCLUSIONS: FREN 4300.03