Thursday, January 17, 2013

Love in Medieval Western Literature

Love in Medieval Western Literature
Designed at taught by Sergi Sancho Fibla
Denis de Rougemont once said it, and George Duby repeated it: “Europe discovered Love in the 13th century”. Such a statement might be daring to anyone not familiar with medieval literature, but here you will be able to check that it isn’t completely false. But what about Catullus or Ovid? What about Platon and Sappho? And besides, do you believe, like Rougemont, that “happy love has no history in Western Literature”? Do you think that the myth of Love in Europe is that of an unfulfilled and adulterous Passion? Do we only have stories of fatal Love? Can we find the seed of the current love stories in the so-called “birth of Love” of the 11th century?
In our course we will not only study medieval texts in historical and philosophical context, but also compare them to other works of literature, cinema, essays, music, etc.
Students are expected to read all the required texts and presentations (Powerpoint with voice comments) and take active part in all discussions on chat and forum at least twice a week (the schedule for these virtual meetings will be set by everyone once the course will be started). Every week a Powerpoint presentation will give instructions for the assignments as well as introduce all the required and optional texts for the week.
The assignments will consist of writing a classical report of at least, 600 words related to the topic dealt during the week.
Workload: max. 3-4 hours per week.
Sergi Sancho Fibla, researcher of the Department of Humanities in Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona) with a predoctoral fellowship from La Generalitat de Catalunya since 2011. He studied Humanities and graduated as MA on “Comparative Studies of Literature, Art and Thought” in UPF. Currently, Sergi is working on his doctoral thesis about the relationship between image, text, memory and meditation in medieval works, especially in Marguerite of Oingt’s works. He is a member of the Investigation Group “Bibliotheca Mystica et Philosophia Alois Maria Haas”, and coordinator of “Forma: Journal of Humanities”. Contact:: sergi.sancho(at)
We start on 18 February. This course takes 8 weeks to complete.
To enroll visit the course´s homepage: 
Tuition fee: 700 DKK / 90 EUR / 110 USD payable via PayPal or credit card.
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