GERM-201 Love and/versus Warfare in Three Medieval Epics
Spring for 2015-2016
The purpose of this course is to study the changing dynamic between human love and conflict as presented in three of the world's greatest epics: the Nibelungenlied, Wolfram's Parzival, and Gottfried's Tristan and Isolde. The focus in the Nibelungenlied will be on the pivotal role of Kriemhild her love of Sigfried and her vengeance on Hagen, in Parzival on the role of Condwiramurs and the Grail mystery versus the anti-Muslim crusades, and in Tristan on the ambiguous nature of the Hero's knightly combat versus his and his ambiguous love for the two Isoldes.
The text versions to be used are: Nibelungenlied trans. Hatto (Penguin); Parzival trans. Mustard; Tristan trans. Hatto."
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