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GERM 2239 Knights, Castles, and Dragons (Spring: 3 )


Course Description

A study of the masterpieces of the first great blossoming in German literature including The Nibelungenlied, Tristan, and Hartmann von Aue's Erec. Central to the works of this age are (1) the rise of knighthood and (2) the spreading to Germany of the legend of King Arthur and the knights of the Round Table. In addition, older Germanic-heroic influences will be examined in certain of the works. The literature will be discussed in the larger context of its sociological and historical background. The literary traditions of France will be systematically linked to contemporary developments in Germany.


Schedule: Biennially

Instructor(s): Michael Resler

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with: ENGL2282

Comments: Conducted in English with all texts in English translation.
No knowledge of German is required.
Counts toward German major, German minor, and German Studies minor.


Last Updated: 15-Jan-14