Last week I started a comparative essay on two works of 12th Century literature. This particular class Foundations of Literature, requires the students to pick from a list of common themes, then select two literary works to compare and contrast.
One of my choices, The Lays of Marie de France, tells a story based on the 5th Century Legends of King Arthur. The interesting twist is that some believe the Author to be an Irish women using the pen name of a Frenchman in order for her work to be published. The poem Landvil, and the Spanish short story Don Quixote, are very different in plot and character, yet they have a common theme… LOVE.
I will be back in a few days with a few thoughts on love!