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LITS 0160 Courtly Love

Courtly love was a medieval literary convention which articulated chivalrous love, yearning and desire. The course covers literature in the European courtly love tradition, from the twelfth to fourteenth centuries. It examines the genres and forms in which courtly love found expression (principally lyrics, romances and allegories), and evolution within those genres.  Texts are studied in translation from Latin, Occitan, Old French, Middle High German, and Italian.

Sample Syllabus:

  • Andreas Capellanus, On Love
  • Troubadour lyric poetry
  • Chrétien de Troyes
  • Gottfried von Strassburg
  • The Romance of the Rose
  • Dante, love poetry
  • Petrarch, Sonnets
  • Chaucer, dream visions, Troilus and Criseyde


 Introductory Reading.

  • Lewis, C.S., The Allegory of Love. Oxford: Oxford University Press, new edn, 1977
  • O’Donoghue, B., The Courtly Love Tradition. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1983
  • Schultz, James A., Courtly Love, the Love of Courtliness, and the History of Sexuality. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2006
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