Problems in Literary Study: The Long and the Short: Romance, Sexuality and Power in Pre-Modernity

Subject associations
ENG 573 / GER 573 / COM 589
Spring 2024
Sara S. Poor
Nigel Smith
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This course offers a rare chance to study great works of medieval German Romance together with early modern English epic-romance. The two traditions do connect, not only through European-wide romance narrative culture, but also through growing Anglo-German cultural interaction. We address three major, world-class narrative poems, and also extracts from others and many far shorter works (songs, lyric poems, mystical and aesthetic treatises) in the light of historical and theoretical discussion of sexual difference, dissidence, erotic knowledge, and their religious and political indices.