Longing for an Audience: Medieval Troubadour Lyric (SML3037)

15 credits

The troubadours were medieval lyric poets who composed songs in Occitan over a period of about two hundred years. The body of work they created, which was read and imitated all over Europe, had a profound influence on the development of European literature and culture. This module will consider the often dazzling output of a range of troubadours, both as poetic objects in their own right and as contributions to debates on love, gender and courtliness whose effects are still felt today. We will also discuss the reception and transmission of troubadour song from the Middle Ages to the modern day. Prior knowledge of Occitan is NOT required.