COMPLIT 750 - Seminar: Topics in Comparative Literature
Section: 001 Sovereignty, Animality, and Intimacy in Medieval French Romance
Term: FA 2013
Subject: Comparative Literature (COMPLIT)
Department: LSA Comparative Literature
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of department.
Advisory Prerequisites:
Graduate standing.
May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
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In this seminar we will explore the relationship between animality and sovereignty as posited in theoretical texts and as represented in selected medieval French narratives. We will ask how representations of animal-human relationships speak about sovereignty and the human, about agency and animality, and about embodiment and intimacy.

The seminar offers the opportunity to develop a theoretical toolkit drawn from some fundamental works in animal studies as they address questions of sovereignty and intimacy, and to use those theoretical tools to explore representations of animal-human relationships in literary works; it also offers an introduction to medieval French literature and in particular, to romance narratives.

Course Requirements:

Students will complete a research project that engages with the theoretical paradigms offered in the course. Requirements include an annotated bibliography, a final paper, and an oral research presentation.

Intended Audience:

Prior knowledge of animal studies or of medieval literature is not required, and the seminar should be useful to any student interested in gaining a broader understanding of contemporary theory and developing a methodological toolkit for engaging with both literary texts in any period.

Class Format:


All texts will be available in modern French and English translations, and the seminar will be conducted in English.

COMPLIT 750 - Seminar: Topics in Comparative Literature
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
M 2:00PM - 5:00PM
NOTE: Data maintained by department in Wolverine Access. If no textbooks are listed below, check with the department.

ISBN: 9780140447590
The lais of Marie de France, Publisher: Penguin 2003
ISBN: 9780786419647
Guillaume de Palerne : an English translation of the 12th century French verse romance, Publisher: McFarland 2004
ISBN: 9780804734059
Of hospitality : Anne Dufourmantelle invites Jacques Derrida to respond, Publisher: Stanford University Press 2000
ISBN: 9780804747370
The open : man and animal, Author: Agamben, Giorgio, 1942-, Publisher: Stanford University Press 2004
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