Course ObjectiveStudents acquire knowledge about: (1) masterpieces of the European
Middle Ages in the field of literature and culture; (2) their relation
to and lasting impact on (changing) structures and ideas in (medieval)
society. Students learn how to: (1) consider and compare literary,
historical, visual, and architectural sources from an interdisciplinary
perspective; (2) critically reflect on the assigned texts and critical
Course ContentIn this interdisciplinary course, we study a selection of famous
medieval narratives – stories told by jewels of architecture,
provocative satires and tales of epic heroes, lovers and saints. We will
focus on best sellers in French, English, Dutch, Italian and Latin (in
translation), such as the legends around Charlemagne, Arthurian heroes
and the Holy Grail, and controversial books like the Roman de la Rose,
Dante´s Commedia and Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. Throughout the course,
relate these artistic creations to the cultural and political European
contexts in which they were produced and debated. We will also devote
attention to material aspects, such as the transmission in manuscripts,
early printed books, visual arts and architecture. The course includes
an excursion to the manuscript department of the Koninklijke Bibliotheek
in the Hague. Lectures will be alternated with seminars in which we will
discuss issues introduced in the lectures and the literature to be
examined for the assignments and final exam.
Teaching MethodsStudents and instructor meet two times a week. First session:
introductory lecture (two hours). Second session: seminar in which
students and instructor discuss and close-read (two hours).
Method of AssessmentAssessment:
Three assignments: 3 x 10%
Written final exam: 70%
It is not possible to compensate an exam grade that is below 5.0 with
other partial grades.
LiteratureTo be announced on Canvas.
Target AudienceThird year BA students from the Faculty of Humanities interested in the
Additional InformationThis course is part of the minor ‘European History and Culture
1200-1800'. Attendance is mandatory (at least 80% of the classes).
|Language of Tuition||English|
|Faculty||Faculty of Humanities|
|Course Coordinator||dr. J.F. van der Meulen|
|Examiner||dr. J.F. van der Meulen|
dr. J.F. van der Meulen
dr. A.L. Tervoort
You need to register for this course yourself
Last-minute registration is available for this course.
|Teaching Methods||Seminar, Lecture|
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