HUM-H390 — Saints, Sinners and Swords: Medieval European Literature — winter 2017–2018

This table shows what you should do for each classday; all work should be completed before the start of class on the date for which it’s listed. To put it another way, tests are listed on the day they will be given and assignments on the day they are due.

Week Four
Monday, 18 December For the texts of the Breton Lais that are currently attributed to Marie de France, we will use the translation by David Slavitt. It is available as a free PDF at If you have studied French and want to look at the texts in the original language, you will find them much easier than Beowulf. One free edition is at
Read For today read the Prologue, Laüstic, Yonec, and The Two Lovers.
Assignment This week you have only one assignment: write a good discussion question about any one of the Lais that we read this week. You may turn your question in any day this week. Your question may also be about the Lais in general. Don't forget that it needs to be a good question, and a discussion question, not just a question.
Tuesday, 19 December Topic statement due today You need to turn in a one paragraph statement describing the topic of your first project.
Read For today read Le Fresne, Equitan, and Guigemar.
Thursday, 21 December Read For today read Milun, Eliduc, and Bisclavret. (Caution: if you are afraid of werewolves, well, ha! you have to read Bisclavret anyway!)
Friday, 22 December Today we will read a Lay that in the past was attributed to Marie de France, but which is currently thought to have not been written by her. It is called A Story of Beyond the Sea. Unlike the previous translations we used, this one is in prose and about a hundred years old.
Vacation! No class until January!