Lais of Marie de France [S-19-33]

Presenter: Nicole Avallone
Location: SUNY: Kellas 217
Classes: 1 Session 1.5 hours
Dates: Wed 3:00 PM 03/27
Status: Course Closed

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Lais were written after the French conquered England. They are beautiful short stories from the English court of Henry II exploring magical adventure, medieval Christianity and early notions of chivalry. The stories are written in old French, and they act as a bridge between French culture and the mythology of England at the time of the conquest. The stories are attributed to a mysterious woman writer, whose identity seems quite modern to us. We will review and admire excerpts of these stories and examine their cultural and historical significance.

Nicole Avallone is a lawyer and former professor of French, and currently runs a high-tech company here in the North Country. She studied medieval French literature at Tulane University and University of Michigan (PhD). She is particularly interested in early literature arising from conquest. Nicole is fascinated by medieval history art and literature and loves traveling and visiting sites of historical interest.

Cap: 25

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