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Martin Kevorkian, Chair CAL 226, Mailcode B5000, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-4991

Fall 2006

E 322 • Aspects of Love in Medieval Germany

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
35155 TTh
2:00 PM-3:30 PM

Course Description

This course will endeavor to present the wide spectre of what we would call love relationships today: From the platonic, self-deprecating worship of the minnesaenger in their love poetry to the bawdy sex of the maeren. The selection of texts will include passages from a handbook on how to make love properly (Andreas Capellanus), on how a mother teaches her daughter to become a whore (Hans Sachs), and on what medieval authors thought about homosexual sex, cross-dressing, incest or chastity. Moreover, the language of love has been allegorized by the mystics to describe their relationship to God or by learned scholars to express their affection for each other. In order to approach all these facets of love in Medieval German literature, we will study them in their cultural and literary setting. All texts will be taught in translation; no previous knowledge of Medieval literature is required.

Grading Policy

Four in-class examinations.
Three essays 40%
Two revisions 20%
Four examinations 20%
Class participation 20%


Gottfried von Strassburg, Tristan, Tr. Hatto, Penguin
Course reader
Excerpts from the letters of Abaelard and Heloise
Andreas Capellanus, De Amore
Heinrich von Veldeke, Eneasroman
Hartmann von Aue, Iwein
der Stricker, Von den maennelaeren
Hans Sachs and Hans Folz, maeren
Constantinus Africanus, De coitu and Viaticum


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