Five College Consortium

Lit Masks of Middle Ages

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Amherst College

The rise in the rate of literacy which characterized the early French Middle Ages coincided with radical reappraisals of the nature and function of reading and poetic production. This course will investigate the ramifications of these reappraisals for the literature of the late French Middle Ages. Readings may include such major works as Guillaume de Dole by Jean Renart, the anonymous Roman de Renart, the Roman de la Rose by Guillaume de Lorris, selections from the continuation of the Roman de la Rose by Jean de Meun, anonymous Fabliaux, and poetic works by Christine de Pisan, Guillaume de Machaut, Jean Froissart, and Charles d’Orléans. Particular attention will be paid to the philosophical presuppositions surrounding the production of erotic allegorical discourse. We shall also address such topics as the relationships between lyric and narrative and among disguise, death and aging in the context of medieval discourses on love. All texts will be read in modern French. Conducted in French.

Requisite: One of the following--FREN 207, 208, 311, 312 or equivalent. Spring semester. Professor Rockwell.

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Lit Masks of Middle Ages
Sect # Credits Instructor(s) Instructor Email Meeting Times Location
01 4.0

Paul Rockwell

MWF 09:00AM-09:50AM

CHAP 203