ENGL 513: Medieval Courtly Love Tradition
Dr. Debora B. Schwartz

Syllabus Spring 1998

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Week 1    (March 31- April 2)
 
Topic Reading  Research Assignment 
(Traditional and Web Resources)
Day 1 Course Format and Expectations.

Backgrounds I: Medieval Textuality

Syllabus and Handouts Explore Dr. Schwartz's Home Page
(http:www.calpoly.edu/~dbschwar)
Day 2
Sign-up for Research Presentations.

Backgrounds II: "Courtly love" and "Translatio"

"Courtly Love" (handout); C. S. Lewis, "Courtly Love" (chapter 1 of The Allegory of Love); Douglas Kelly, "Allegory of Love" (Medieval Imagination, pp. 13-25).

"Translatio studii et imperii" (handout); prologue to Chretien de Troyes's Cliges (Arthurian Romances, tr. William W. Kibler, p. 123).

Explore Links on "Translatio" and "Courtly Love" pages

Week 2    (April 7 -April 9)
 
Topic Reading Research Assignment 
(Traditional and Web Resources)
Day 1 Ovid and Courtly Love Controversy Ovid: The Art of Love, bks. I and II (The Love Poems pp. 87-127); Peter L. Allen, "The Illusion of Love, the Love of Illusion: The Ars Amatoria and Remedia Amoris."

Henry Ansgar Kelly, "Gaston Paris's Courteous and Horsely Love."

On-line MLA Bibliography Exercise.

(E-mail report of MLA bibliography research results due by class time.)

Day 2 More Ovid and More Courtly Love Controversy Ovid: The Art of Love, bk. III, and The Cures for Love (The Love Poems, pp. 128-173).

D. W. Robertson, "The Concept of Courtly Love as an Impediment to the Understanding of Medieval Texts";
William Calin, "Defense and Illustration of Fin'Amor: Some Polemical Comments on the Robertsonian Approach."

On-line Abstracts Indices Exercise.

(Two e-mail reports due by Friday: Humanities Abstracts and Extended Academic Index)


 

Week 3    (April 14 - April 16)
 
Topic Reading Research Assignment 
(Traditional and Web Resources)
Day 1 Ovid, conclusion; Virgil's Aeneid and the Old French Romance of Eneas Ovid, Amores I #1-5 ; II # 1, 5, 12, 15, 17, 18; III # 14 & 15.

Selections from Virgil's Aeneid and The Romance of Eneas (photocopies).

Peter L. Allen, "From Rome to France: Under the Sign of Ovid." 

Bring print source found as part of last week's Research Assignment to class.

Begin work on a Bibliography of resources on your topic available at Cal Poly (due Tuesday of week 4). This bibliography should be as complete as possible, including journal articles, essays in collections, full-length works by one author, and relevant entries in reference works such as the Dictionary of the Middle Ages. To compile this bibliography, use the research tools you worked with last week to generate your list of relevant sources and Polycat to determine whether they are available at Kennedy Library. (Note: Polycat is NOT a research database; it is merely a catalogue of Kennedy Library's collections. You MAY find some relevant sources through Polycat by doing a subject search on your author name or title, but for the most part you will use it to determine whether sources you are already aware of are available at Cal Poly.) NOTE: you should check Polycat to see if Kennedy has relevant bibliographies on your topic, and consult them as well.

Day 2 Women's Voices: Marie de France; troubadour and trobairitz lyrics Selected troubadour and trobairitz lyrics; Don A. Monson, "The Troubadour's Lady Reconsidered Again."

Marie de France, prologue and epilogue to the Fables and selected Lais; Stephen G. Nichols, "Working Late: Marie de France and the Value of Poetry."

Continue work on Bibliography of resources on your topic available at Cal Poly (due Tuesday of week 4). In compiling your bibliography, use proper format as for a List of Works Cited entry (if necessary, consult MLA Handbook). Alphabetize entries by author.

 

Week 4    (April 21 - April 23)
 
Topic  Reading Research Assignment 
(Traditional and Web Resources)
Day 1 Tristan and Yseut Introduction, pp. 9-35, and all of Beroul's Tristan (includes episode of "Tristan's Madness," pp. 151-164). Note that text in italics is from the reconstruction by Joseph Bedier. Thomas, Tristan fragments (handout).

Denis de Rougemont, "The Tristan Myth" (part 1 of Love in the Western World.)

Bibliography of resources on your topic available at Cal Poly due. Bring hard copy to class and submit email copy to class Hypermail Archive.
Day 2 Erec and Enide Chretien de Troyes: Erec and Enide;
Lee Patterson: "Virgil and the Historical Consciousness of theTwelfth Century: The Roman d'Eneas and Erec et Enide" (chapter 5 of Negotiating the Past: The Historical Understanding of Medieval Literature.)
Use Melvyl to search the University of California Library for resources you have not yet found on your topic. Place orders through E.I.L. Keep notes of what you have ordered and send a report of your activity to Dr. Schwartz and to the class Hypermail Archive. (Review instructions in previous Web assignment before submitting reports.)

 

Week 5    (April 28 - April 30)
 
Topic Reading Research Assignment 
(Traditional and Web Resources)
Day 1 The Knight of the Cart Chretien de Troyes: The Knight of the Cart.

Debora B. Schwartz, "The Horseman Before the Cart: Intertextual Theory and the Chevalier de la Charrette"; Leslie T. Topsfield, "Fin'Amors in Marcabru, Bernart de Ventadorn and the Lancelot of Chretien de Troyes"; Joan M. Ferrante, "The Conflict of Lyric Conventions and Romance Form."

Use CSUlink to search for resources on your topic not available at Calpoly. Order as many as you find interesting. Keep notes of what you have ordered and send a report of your activity to Dr. Schwartz and to the class Hypermail Archive. (Review instructions in previous Web assignment before submitting reports.)
Day 2 Andreas Capellanus, The Art of Courtly Love Andreas Capellanus: The Art of Courtly Love, introduction (3-24) and whole text (27-212). W. T. H. Jackson, "The De Amore of Andreas Capellanus and the Practice of Love at Court." Web Sites Exercise. Click on the link and follow instructions. (You will use the Medieval Web Resources and Search Engines on Dr. Schwartz's Homepage to search for useful Web sites on your topic and send up to three separate e-mail reports to yourself, Dr. Schwartz and the class hypermail archive.) 

Week 6    (May 5 - May 7)
 
Topic Reading Research Assignment 
(Traditional and Web Resources)
Day 1 Continued discussion of Andreas Capellanus Donald A. Monson, "Auctoritas and Intertextuality in Andreas Capellanus' De Amore"; Peter L. Allen, "The Diligent Reader and the Twofold Text: Andreas Capellanus and the Rhetoric of Love"; Toril Moi, "Desire in Language: Andreas Capellanus and the Controversy of Courtly Love"; Alfred Karnein, "Amor est Passio: A Definition of Courtly Love?"; Henry Ansgar Kelly, "Gaston Paris's Courteous and Horsely Love." Use the Online Encyclopedias on Dr. Schwartz's Homepage to search for useful encyclopedia entries on your topic. Use "Quote" to send yourself, Dr. Schwartz and the Hypermail Archive the full text of the ONE encyclopedia entry you find most useful by following these instructions. Send a separate e-mail report on any other useful encylopedia entries you find to Dr. Schwartz and to the class hypermail archive. On the subject line, put the topic searched for (abbreviated title of work), a colon, and name of the Encyclopedia searched. In the body of the e-mail, provide the URL of the entry and the title of the entry, followed by a brief assessment of what the entry contains and how useful it is. Don't forget to put your name and e-mail address on the "cc:" line so that it is clear who posted the message. (Review instructions in previous Web assignment before submitting reports.)
Day 2
MIDTERM EXAM

 

Week 7    (May 12 - May 14)
 
Topic Reading Research Assignment 
(Traditional and Web Resources)
Day 1 Romance of the Rose Introduction (ix-xxii); Guillaume de Lorris's The Romance of the Rose (3-61). 

Translatio studii: from Guillaume de Lorris to Jean de Meun: the God of Love harangues his troops (154-167).

Use Project Muse, the Expanded Academic Index or one of the Medieval Web Search Engines on Dr. Schwartz's homepage to search for an on-line scholarly article (NOT just a website) on your topic. Using the directions available HERE, send a copy to the class Hypermail Archive by Friday of Week 7.
Day 2 Romance of the Rose, conclusion; Medieval Misogyny Selections, Jean de Meun's Romance of the Rose, 191-245, 252-258, 300-335. Peter L. Allen, "Through the Looking Glass: Jean de Meun's Mirror for Lovers."

Handouts: selections from medieval misogynistic texts; R. Howard Bloch, "Medieval Misogyny."

Submit copy of on-line scholarly article to Hypermail Archive by Friday of Week 7. Work on thesis statement and paper outline (due Tuesday of Week 8).

 

Week 8    (May 19- May 21)
 
Topic Reading Research Assignment 
(Traditional and Web Resources)
Day 1 Medieval Misogyny? Troilus and Cressida Troilus and Cressida, Bks. I-III Thesis statement and outline of paper due to Dr. Schwartz (bring hard copy to class) and email copy to class Hypermail Archive. On subject line, write abbreviated title of primary texts you are focussing on followed by a colon and "[Your Name]'s paper topic." 
Day 2 Troilus and Cressida, conclusion Troilus and Cressida, Bks. IV-V Work on full bibliography for research paper (due Tuesday of week 9). Be sure to include ALL required forms of resources (journal articles, essays in collections, full-length works by one author, Web site or e-journal article) and to include resources from ALL required sources for resources (Calpoly library collections; Interlibrary Loan or CSUlink; online Web resources).

 

Week 9    (May 26 - May 28)                    (Memorial Day: Monday, May 25)
 
Topic Reading  Research Assignment 
(Traditional and Web Resources)
Day 1 Chaucer's Dream Visions Chaucer, "The Legend of Good Women" and "The Parliament of Birds" Full working bibliography of Research Paper due to Dr. Schwartz (bring hard copy to class) and email copy to class Hypermail Archive. On subject line, write the abbreviated title of primary texts you are focussing on followed by a colon and "[Your Name]'s research bibliography."
Day 2 Canterbury Tales ! Chaucer, "The Wife of Bath's Prologue and Tale" and "The Franklin's Tale" Work on Research paper.

 

Week 10    (June 2 - June 4)
 
Topic Reading Research Assignment 
(Traditional and Web Resources)
Day 1 Canterbury Tales 2 Chaucer, "The Miller's Tale" and "The Nun's Priest's Tale" Work on Research paper.
Day 2 Sir Gawain and the Green Knight Sir Gawain and the Green Knight Work on Research paper.

Final Oral Exercise during scheduled Final Exam period (either Tuesday 6/9, 3-6 or Wednesday 6/10, 2-5) OR from 6-9 Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday of exam week (as agreed on by class members)