RLFR 310
Le Moyen Âge en images: Decoding the Middle Ages Spring 2019
Division I
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This seminar investigates questions of visual culture and textual analysis in the Middle Ages. Although different from today’s multimedia and digital environment, the Middle Ages boasted its own form of visual culture that will enable us to draw meaningful connections between medieval literature and history and modern-day debates on gender and sexuality. To explore these connections, we will study literary texts from the 12th-16th centuries in modern French translation, making comparisons to bandes dessinées that seek to visualize each text from a twenty-first-century perspective. We will investigate the points of overlap and divergence between the original texts and accompanying comics to ask why and how today’s artists are returning to the literature and culture of the Middle Ages, especially in a time of globalization and technological immersion. For example: How might our findings inform our outlook on international politics, as well as gender-based forms of activism, such as the #MeToo movement, among other forms of social and political engagement? Conducted in French
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 20
Expected: 12
Class#: 3978
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: active class participation, reading journal (with written reflections), quizzes, mid-semester project: une bande dessinée, and final paper
Prerequisites: successful performance in RLFR 106 or another RLFR 200-level course; or by placement test; or permission of the instructor
Enrollment Preferences: all are welcome, but if over-enrolled, preference will be given to French majors and certificate students; and those with compelling justification for admission
Distributions: Division I

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