Medieval Catalan Language and Literature
This full-year course is designed to teach the Catalan language (in both its medieval and modern forms) to students interested in reading medieval Catalan texts. The course begins with an intensive introduction to Catalan grammar and slowly introduces students to a variety of literary and historical texts written between 1200 and 1500. By late fall semester the emphasis in the course shifts away from grammar to reading literature in the spring semester. Texts to be studied include lyric poetry, historical chronicles, sermons, Arthurian romance, and allegorical dream visions by authors such as Ramon Llull, Bernat Desclot, Vicent Ferrer, Ausiàs March, Guillem de Torroella and Bernat Metge. No prior knowledge of Catalan is required although knowledge of another Romance language or Latin would be helpful.