E 322 • Aspects of Love in Medieval Germany
2:00 PM-3:30 PM
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.
Four in-class examinations.
Three essays 40%
Two revisions 20%
Four examinations 20%
Class participation 20%
Gottfried von Strassburg, Tristan, Tr. Hatto, Penguin
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