Spring 2023

Studies in Medieval Romance Literature and Culture

Listed in: European Studies, as EUST-324  |  French, as FREN-324


Paul V. Rockwell (Section 01.)


(Offered as FREN-324 and EUST-324) The study of a major author, literary problem, or question from the medieval period with a particular focus announced each time the course is offered. The topic for Spring 2023 is: "The Grail, the Rose, and Dante." We will study the social, philosophical, poetic and institutional currents that contribute to the emergence of allegorical texts in the period between the twelfth and the late-fourteenth centuries. Readings include the Quest for the Holy Grail and works by Chrétien de Troyes, Guillaume de Lorris, Jean de Meung, Dante Alighieri, and Marie de France. All readings will be done in English translation. Conducted in English.

Spring semester: Professor Rockwell.

How to handle overenrollment:

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: Readings, Textual Analysis, Independent Research, Oral Presentations, In-class Discussions, In-class Exams.

EUST 324 - LEC

Section 01.
M 10:00 AM - 10:50 AM SCCE C101
W 10:00 AM - 10:50 AM SCCE C101
F 10:00 AM - 10:50 AM SCCE C101

ISBN Title Publisher Author(s) Comment Book Store Price
The Quest of the Holy Grail Penguin Classics Anonymous (trans. Matarasso ) Amherst Books TBD
The Romance of the Rose Oxford University Press trans. Frances Horgan Amherst Books TBD
La Vita Nuova Penguin Classics Dante (trans. Barbara Reynolds) Amherst Books TBD
Inferno Bantam Classics Dante (trans. Allen Mandelbaum) Amherst Books TBD
Purgatorio Bantam Classics Dante (trans. Allen Mandelbaum) Amherst Books TBD
Paradiso Bantam Classics Dante (trans. Allen Mandelbaum) Amherst Books TBD
Marie de France, Lais Penguin Classics Marie de France (trans. Burgess & Busby) Amherst Books TBD
Arthurian Romances (Penguin Classics) Penguin Classics Chr├ęten de Troyes (trans. Kibler) Comment: Amherst Books TBD

These books are available locally at Amherst Books.


2023-24: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2014, Spring 2017, Spring 2020, Spring 2023