This module, yet another entry in Signum’s SPACE Middle High German curriculum developed by Dr. Schendel, is dedicated to the most complex and possibly best romance of the High Middle Ages: Wolfram von Eschenbach’s Parzival, a retelling of the Grail story. With this text, which reaches nearly 25,000 lines, Wolfram von Eschenbach completes the legend originally brought to life by Chrétien de Troyes. Parzival succeeds in the Grail Quest, heals the Fisher King, and fathers the famous Swan Knight, Lohengrin. Simultaneously, Parzival’s cousin Gawan (=Gawain) succeeds in a number of quests in defense of the honor of secular knighthood. Join us for a journey through the vibrant storytelling of the Middle Ages and meet a number of fascinating characters, like Parzival’s father Gachmuret, the noble Muslim knight Feirefiz, the African Queen Belakane, and Parzival’s wife, Condwiramurs. Well-known figures like King Arthur, Kay, and the infamous Red Knight also make an appearance.
This module is dedicated to the unique language of Wolfram von Eschenbach, but we will study it by reading excerpts of Parzival. We will begin with a short overview of the life of Gachmuret, Parzival’s father. We will then continue at the pace at which the group feels most comfortable, with occasion excursions into different elements of Medieval Culture when appropriate.
We will focus on the Middle High German text, and a lovely dual-language edition, based on the editing work of Karl Lachmann, has been published with the Reclam Verlag (ISBN 978-3-15-003681-5 and 3-15-003682-8; it is two volumes). We will focus on the MHG.
This is a candidate for January 2024 which means it will only run if there is enough interest.
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Meeting Tuesdays & Thursdays at 10:00 PM Eastern for eight 1-hour sessions on January 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25