GERM-025 The Virtuous Hero in Medieval Germanic Poetry (taught in English)
This course will examine Old English, Old High German, and Middle High German representative poetic texts such as Beowulf, the Hildebrandslied, and the Nibelungenlied (in translation) featuring the performance of heroic deeds and the development of individual virtues within a framework of values which the Germanic warrior strives to achieve on his way to becoming a true Christian knight. The interpretation of texts in a seminar-style classroom setting will familiarize students with numerous aspects of a bygone world which holds an abundance of features still relevant, interesting and even fascinating for modern man. This course satisfies the literature and writing requirement. Does not count toward the major.
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