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READING MEDIEVAL FRENCH LITERATURE THROUGH TRISTAN ET ISEULT

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CENTRE FOR MEDIEVAL AND RENAISSANCE STUDIES
TRINITY COLLEGE DUBLIN
HILARY AND TRINITY TERMS 2009

Part of the Centre’s Outreach Programme: opening a window on a marvellous other world…

Description
This seminar series (lectures followed by discussion) will focus on Tristan et Iseult, around and through which we wll read some of the most stirring and beautiful 12th to 14th-century French poetry, short verse narrative, and romance; and see how these forms are inter-connected. Some Occitan texts and extracts are also included. The lecture-portion of the course will situate readings in their immediate and larger-scale context, covering background history, cultural setting, literary allusions, and intersections with current questions in literary criticism.

While a sound reading knowledge of modern French will be useful, no prior knowledge of Old French is required. Indeed, the course will be accompanied by (optional) progressive weekly grammar exercises – on the readings – for those participants who wish to learn or refresh their Old French. All materials will be provided.

Some parts of this site are only accessible to participants.

Practical information
From 6 January onwards (for 16 weeks)
Room 4096, Arts Building, 7.30 p.m.-8.30 p.m
Dr Juliet O’Brien (CMRS / University College Dublin)

The group is open to all: undergraduates, postgraduates, staff of Dublin universities,  and the general public.

Cost: 8 Euro/class; 6 Euro concessions; TCD staff and students free; special rate for 16 classes: 100 Euro. Please make cheques payable to ‘TCD Account no. 1-Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies’. For further details, please contact the Director of the Centre, Dr Sarah Alyn Stacey. For further details on Reading Medieval French, please contact Dr Juliet O’Brien.