CLASS SCHEDULE (dates for exams and papers are tentative, and if a change of dates will be necessary, it will be announced in class and on the listserv). The suggested readings, all available in the library, are not required but can provide you with additional viewpoints and information. They are not necessary for the quizzes or for the papers, but can prove to be highly useful and hence are recommended for the inquisitive mind. You also can find a vast amount of very useful information on my homepage (see above). For more specialized research, consult the SABIO website (Library Catalogue:http://www.library.arizona.edu).
See also D2L for announcements, news, and answers to frequently raised questions.
Specific assignments: always come to class having read those specific texts or pages assigned for that day! When only a text's title is mentioned, calculate on your own how much you must have read to follow the class discussion for that day.
Aug. 22: Introduction: syllabus, library resources, research methods, study ethics, time management. Homework assignment; Tophat.com, etc.
Aug. 24: Historical and social-literary survey of the Middle Ages, read the article by Emily Amt/Classen (online).
Consult also my own article (Classen) published in The Literary Encyclopedia (normally accessible only through subscription; but I have made it available for you free of charge).
Aug. 29: 1st exam (a one page written exam, with essay questions, as in all other exams). Continue with Amt/Classen. You need to know the major stages in the history of the Middle Ages, the social structure, the major external threats, the history of the crusades (in very general terms), the concept of the court. The focus will rest on the early and the high Middle Ages.
Aug. 31: Gottfried von Strassburg, Tristan: I will provide a lecture; but I recommend that you read the text on your own. For a quick introduction, see this link.
Sept. 05: Cont.: Tristan; please read online the plot summary; I will highlight some of the key issues and test you quickly.
Sept. 07: The tradition of late antiquity: Apollonius of Tyre (contained in the big textbook, same title as this course, same for all other texts until the Maeren), read the entire story in one sitting
Sept. 12: 2nd exam on the late Middle Ages, on Tristan, and on Apollonius of Tyre. Continuation of our discussion of Apollonius.
Sept. 14: Conclusion of our discussion of Apollonius, introduction to Carmina Burana, 33-41
Sept. 19: The Church and the learned tradition: Carmina Burana, pp. 43-44, 48, 58-63, 65-67, 73. Please make sure you have read those poems for class.
See, e.g.: rap performance of a song in the Carmina Burana by one of my former students, "Harley" (Dec. 2014)
Sept. 21: 1st paper due today in class, either on Apollonius or on some poems in the Carmina Burana; we read: Hartmann von Aue: Lord Henry
Alert: Sept. 22, deadline to submit a paper propsal for an undergraduate student conference on the Middle Ages at NAU: https://acmrs.org/studentconference
Sept. 26: We continue with Hartmann von Aue; if time permits, we also begin with Marie de France, but postpone most of it to Thu. Anglo-Norman (British) Culture: Marie de France (Section 11): Prologue, and Guigemar
Sept. 28: Marie de France: Equitan and Eliduc
Oct. 3: Marie de France: Bisclavret
Oct. 5: 3rd exam (on Hartmann and Marie); and Le Fresne and Laval
Oct. 10: Walther von der Vogelweide (Sect. 7): pp. 164-68 (intro.) and 168-172
Oct. 12: Walther von der Vogelweide (pp. 172-76), esp. "Under the Linden"
Oct. 17: Mauritius von Craun (Section 10)
Oct. 19: Mauritius von Craun
Undergraduate Conference on Medieval Studies, at NAU: https://acmrs.org/studentconference
Oct. 24: 4th exam. Mauritius von Craun; we also beginwith Aucassin and Nicolette (Section 14)
Oct. 26: Aucassin and Nicolette;
2nd paper (write on 2 texts by Marie de France, or on 2 poems by Walther von der Vogelweide, or on Mauritius von Craun, or create a combination); due in class as a paper copy and in electronic form in dropbox (both are required!)
Ex. for a thesis: The Ideals of courtly love find powerful expression in Walther's poems, but they are also undermined in Mauritius, hence: The rise and fall of courtly love
Gender Struggles in Marie de France and Mauritius
Or: Walther von der V. as a Medieval Feminist
Or: Mauritius as a Rapist
Oct. 31: Fabliaux (Section 9) from now on we turn to our second textbook
Nov. 02: The German tradition: Erotic Tales: "The Monk with the Goose" and "The Little Bunny Rabbit" (this is the other textbook, the small-sized one, which I translated)
Nov. 07:5th exam; Dietrich of the Gletze
Nov. 9: Erotic Tales: Dietrich of the Gletze,The Belt; 2nd paper will be returned, if possible
EXTRA CREDIT: If you want to earn extra credit (up to 30 points), please visit the UoA Museum of Art, go to the Retablo Room, examine the marvelous art work from 15th-c. Spain and write a short paper about it (ca. 500 words).
Nov. 14: Continue: The Belt; Erotic Tales: Ruprecht von Wurzburg, Two Merchants; and Warm Donation. Today we also return to the overview of the Middle Ages, focusing on the late Middle Ages and the transition to the Renaissance (this will be tested in the 6th exam).
Nov. 16: The Hazelnut Mountain; Woman's Constancy; rewrite is due in class! No exceptions. You must follow the model outlined above.
Nov. 21: 6th exam. Aristotle and Phyllis
Possibly granted: extra credit work is due in class on 11-21. Late submissions not accepted.
Nov. 23: Thanksgiving holiday
Nov. 28: Erotic Tales: Heinrich Kaufringer: "The Search" and "The Innocent Murderess."
Nov. 30: Cont. with "The Innocent Murderess," and "The Disappointed Lover".
Please do the Teaching Evaluation!
3rd paper is due (on one of the maeren we have read so far), due in class as a paper copy and in electronic form in dropbox, now called "Assignments." You could also compare two of the stories since that would be easier altogether. For the bibliography, do not use the references contained in our book, but search in the catalogue for relevant studies that more globally address the issue forming the basis of your thesis, always focusing on the Middle Ages. For instance, if you work on Dietrich von der Gletze, where there is an allusion to homosexuality, even though only assumed, you would need to put together a bibliography (3 monographs, 3 scholarly articles) on homosexuality in the Middle Ages.
Dec. 05: 7th exam; Final discussion, the meaning of courtly love, of eroticism and sexuality in human life.