Middle High German Reading Group
German Department Library, Odette Hall 323, Mondays, 10-11am
Would you like to read medieval German literature in an informal setting?
Drop by for an hour of reading and translating short passages of Middle High German.
We will tackle small portions of Gottfried von Strassburg’s Tristan und Isold (early 13th century).
No previous knowledge of Middle High German is required (although it won’t do any harm if you have had some exposure to Middle High German before). Minimum requirement is some modern German or Yiddish reading proficiency (B1 reading level).
Tristan und Isold is the greatest love romance of medieval Germany and a key document for the establishment of new aristocratic cultural models in Germany. It tells a story of adventure and adulterous love, but also of coming-of-age, self-realization, and the legitimacy of art in an aristocratic world. As such, it is one of the most significant texts of the medieval German literary canon. Copies will be provided in the first sessions.
To register and if you have any questions, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org