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GERMAN MEDIEVAL RELIGIOUS TEXTS
Country - Partner Institution - Programs: Germany - Free University of Berlin - 'Free Univ. Berlin'
UC Course SubjectGerman
Number & Suffix: 129
Full UC Title: GERMAN MEDIEVAL RELIGIOUS TEXTS 
Transcript Title: MEDVL RELIGS TEXT 
UC QTR Units - Division: 4.5 - Upper Division 
Course Description: The literary scene of the Middle Ages and the early modern period is also at the intersection of genres that are seemingly capricious towards all secular affairs (Tristan, love poetry, Nibelungenlied) in the context of a religious culture and society whose narratives, norms, and cultural interpretive patterns shape the texts significantly. People's religious understanding, as represented in these works, signals a level of religious experience that is no longer familiar to us, in any comparable degree. Religious experience included faith, love, hope, guilt, repentance, demons, and fear, and it characterized the protagonists of lyrics. The course argues that religious experiences themselves constitute, in the level of their rhetoric, exemplary narratives and linguistic-representational suggestions. Mysticism or religious drama are only the most obvious examples of this. This lecture is not about theological issues, but about the reconstruction of a cultural matrix, which, as many literary scholars think, has shaped German literature until at least 1945, and without which it is not understandable. Some medieval poems are therefore also treated in contrast to their modern adaptations (for example, in the Tristan novels by Gottfried von Strassburg and Raoul Schrotts and the Job allusions to Hartmann von Aue and Joseph Roth). 
Language of Instruction: German
 
Partner Title: MITTELALTERLICHE LITERATUR UND RELIGIÖSE ERFAHRUNG 
Partner University Department: Deutsche Philologie 
Partner University Course Number: 16640