Lais

PART ONE: MARIE DE FRANCE, LAIS

WEEKS 1-2

Week 1: 4-6 January
INTRODUCTORY WEEK

Wednesday 04/01:
→→→ course introduction

Friday 06/01:
READING FOR TODAY: Marie de France, Chievrefoil (online)
BLOG WRITING FOR TODAY: week 1 post
→→→ informal lecture: Marie de France, Chievrefoil
→→→ discussion
→ see also: Week 1: Friday supplement: intrigue & philology

Week 2: 09-13 January
Monday 09/01:
READING FOR TODAY: Lais: Prologue + 2 of Equitan, Fresne, Bisclavret 
→→→ lecture: historical & cultural background: the medieval Romance world–manuscripts (with images!) and books–ideas of “versions” and “variants”–literary and other creative sorts of intrigue

→ bonus extra material (if you’re interested in the Tristan & Yseult story and/or seeing, through this example, how versions, variants, cycles, and textual “families” work):
• Bédier’s The Romance of Tristan
• 
Tristan , Tristan and Iseult (Wikipedia) and the external links at the end of the latter page
• Marie de France, Lais (Wikipedia)

Wednesday 11/01:
READING FOR TODAY: Lais: 2 of Lanval, Yonec, Laüstic, Chaitivel
→→→ lecture: medieval European textuality (1, introduction): what counts as literature–what’s being written, by whom, for whom–textual fluidities: inclusion of other persons (patron, audience, commentators, rewriters, etc.) across time (inc. rewriting, later versions, later audience reception, later commentary, …)
What happens next: “Marie de France” between the 12th and 21st centuries; 19th-c. version/compilation/integration; brief history of modern medievalism; the intrigue of sanitization (returning to this with the Romance of the Rose)

→ bonus extra material: reconstructions, re-enactments, recordings of live performances.
Marie de France, Laüstic: two versions, from Performing Medieval Narrative: A Video Showcase (NYU: Timmie Vitz, Nancy Regolado, & Marilyn Lawrence; see also the project’s about page):
Andrew Kahrl (2003)
Ron Cook (2006)

Friday 13/01:
READING FOR TODAY: Romance of the Rose p. 3-61 (Guillaume de Lorris)
BLOG WRITING FOR TODAY: week 2 post
→→→ discussion
I am leaving you to your own devices with this first section of the Rose, to see how you deal with the text from first principles. There will be more on the Rose in lectures next week…

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