HDS 3725

"What's Love Got to Do With It": Love Poetry of the Middle Ages and Early Modernity

Luis M. Girón Negrón


Does love have a history? The course explores the literary history of love poetry in Europe and the Middle East from the Middle Ages through the 17th century. Reading selections from Latin and Romance love lyric (Provençal, Galician-Portuguese, French, Catalan, Spanish, the 'jarchas'), Arabic and Hebrew muwashshahat, the Italian dolce stil novo, Sufi and Christian mystical poetry, the Petrarchan sonnet and its heirs (Portugal, England, Spain), Dante's Vita nuova and erotic narrative verse (Juan Ruiz, Ibn Hazm, 'Roman de la Rose'). Discussions framed by overview of premodern theories of love and recent scholarly debates on the origins of amour courtois.

Enrollment Limited: No
Open to BTI Students: No
Jointly offered as Literature 193

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0.50 credits
Spring 2015
Mon Wed 10am-11am
FAS Dana Palmer House Seminar Room

Relationship to Program Requirements

Program Requirement Area / Category / Art / Designation
MTS Area(s) of Focus
  • Religion, Literature, and Culture
MDiv Distribution Category/ies
  • Christianity
MDiv Art(s) of Ministry None
Language Course Designation(s) None