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David Birdsong, Chair 201 W 21St Street, B7600, HRH 2.114A, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-5531

Spring 2009

FR 355 • LOVE AND SEXUALITY IN MEDIEVAL LITERATURE

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
36080 TTh
3:30 PM-5:00 PM
HRH 2.112
JOHNSON, M

Course Description

Many institutions and discourses that shape our understanding and experience of sexuality today were formed during the Middle Ages. This course looks at a variety of literary works that reflect medieval conceptions of sex, love and sexual difference. Some themes considered include: marriage, sodomy, clerical sexuality, virginity, sexual violence, and female sexuality. A wide range of literary genres will be represented including: lyric poetry, sirventes, pastourelles, fabliaux, romance, bestiaries, lais, and saints' lives.

Grading Policy

short papers: 30% final paper: 30% presentation: 20% class participation: 20%

Texts

Le Roman de Renart Fabliaux érotiques Tristan et Yseut Traité de l'amour courtois (André Chapelain) Erec et Enide (or another from Chrétien) Photocopy packet

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