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FRENCH 411 A: Topics In The Middle Ages

Magical Beasts, Giants, and Wizards in French Medieval Literature

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Meeting Time: 
TTh 3:30pm - 5:20pm
LOW 101
Denyse Delcourt

Syllabus Description:

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Magical Beasts, Giants, and Wizards in French Medieval Literature

The class will focus on animals with extraordinary powers, werewolves, giants, and magicians in French medieval romances. These types of characters still play an important role in modern literature and film. The Chronicles of NarniaLord of the Ring, and Harry Potter  are part of a long literary tradition starting in the Middle Ages, in which a young hero is identified right from the start as being special, and sent on a quest fraught with danger often of supernatural origins. Together, we will try to understand why this type of stories persisted as a mode of expression across many historical periods, and why it still has relevance for 21st  century readers.

Class conducted in French.

Readings are mostly in French, with some exceptions.

Required texts: Available at UW Bookstore. Feel free to buy required books elsewhere, preferably the same edition.

Robert de Boron, Merlin. (Flammarion)

Chrétien de Troyes, Les Romans de la Table Ronde. (Gallimard/Folio)

Joseph Bédier, ed. Tristan et Iseut. (10/18)

Additional readings on Canvas.


SYLLABUS (peut varier)

Semaine 1 :

27-29 mars – Introduction

 Robert de Boron, Merlin 

Semaine 2 :

3-5 avril – Merlin 

 Semaine 3 :

10-12 avril – Marie de France, Bisclavret

1er compte-rendu

Semaine 4 :

17-19 avril – Marie de France, Guigemer

 Chrétien de Troyes, Erec et Enide (extraits)

1er essai dû

Semaine 5 :

24-26  avril – Tristan et Iseut

2e compte-rendu 

Semaine 6 :

1er-3 mai – Tristan…

Semaine 7 :

8-10 mai – Chrétien de Troyes, Yvain ou le Chevalier au Lion Yvain…

3e compte-rendu

Semaine 8:

15-17 mai – Chrétien de Troyes, Perceval (extraits)

Semaine 9:

22-24 mai – TBA

4e compte-rendu

Semaine 10 :

29 mai - TBA

31 mai – Examen final

6 juin: 2e essai dû


Distribution des notes:

Participation: 15%

4 compte-rendus: 40%

1er essai: 10%

2e essai: 20%

Examen final: 15%







Additional Details:

Prerequisite FRENCH 304, FRENCH 305 or FRENCH 306.
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Catalog Description: 
Sixteenth-century literature with emphasis on poetry and the general artistic ambiance. Prerequisite: FRENCH 304, FRENCH 305 or FRENCH 306.
GE Requirements: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Last updated: 
February 7, 2018 - 10:09am