EN 821 Violence in Medieval Literature (Spring: 3)
Does violence destroy human relationships, or does it help to create them?
In this course, we'll investigate both socially constructive and destructive
aspects of violence in the Middle Ages, as represented in imaginative writings
ranging from cannibalistic Crusader epics to comic tales of domestic mayhem,
from Arthurian romance to meditations on Christ's Passion. In exploring
the social value of violence as well as its harm, we'll better understand
why violence was central to medieval society and what viable alternatives
literature proposed issues still relevant to the critique of violence
today. Medieval readings accompanied by modern theorizations of violence.
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