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David Birdsong, Chair 201 W 21ST STREET STOP B7600, HRH 2.114A, AUSTIN, TX 78712 • 512-471-5531

Spring 2010


Unique Days Time Location Instructor
36670 MWF
10:00 AM-11:00 AM
PAR 310

Course Description

Storytelling in the Middle Ages & the Renaissance The desire to tell a story is a fundamental human impulse. Storytellers in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance in France show us just how broad a range of subjects and styles the genre can accommodate. In this course we will read some fabliaux, tales from the anonymous fifteenth-century Cent Nouvelles Nouvelles (both in modernized French), Philippe de Vigneulles, Rabelais, Marguerite de Navarre, Bonaventure des Périers, and Montaigne. We will look at such aspects of story-telling as the handling of time and speech representation. Additionally, we will consider the fictional representation of men and women and the culture they live in, as well as devices used to induce others (both inside and outside a narrative) to adopt a particular point of view or to follow a certain course of action, Students will be asked to write some short narratives of their own.

Grading Policy

Class participation: 30% Written work: 40% Tests (no final): 30%


Marguerite de Navarre, l'Heptaméron, livre de poche classique (Introduction et notes par Gisèle Mathieu-Castellani) Course packet.


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