Wolfram von Eschenbach's Parzival

Albrecht Classen
Tuesdays 10 AM - 12 PM (AZ Time)
October 6, 13, 20, 27, and November 3, 2020
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Wolfram von Eschenbach's Parzival

Fall 2020
In Session
10 AM - 12 PM (AZ Time)
October 6, 13, 20, 27, and November 3, 2020





In life we search for God, spirituality, meaning, or identity. In medieval Italian literature Dante did this best in his Divina Commedia. In medieval German literature Wolfram von Eschenbach’s Parzival did the same. This course examines his monumental Grail romance and probes what Wolfram said about human existence in material and spiritual terms. Studying Parzival will help us see a central spiritual path through life, where joy and sorrow, death and new life, love and hatred are the core of the human struggle. Wolfram will be our guide, a profound voice from the Middle Ages, still relevant.

Please Note: Fall 2020 Course Registration Opens Online on Monday, August 10th at 8AM (AZ Time)



  • All Fall 2020 courses will be ONLINE ONLY.
  • Courses will be delivered online via the Zoom video conferencing platform. All courses will be password protected and only available to enrolled students.
  • All class sessions will be recorded and made available to enrolled students for a limited time to assist those who may not be able to attend the live class times.
  • The Humanities Seminars Program reserves the right to cancel any seminar that fails to meet registration minimums. If a course is canceled all students enrolled in the canceled course will receive a full refund.

Required Reading: 

Translation of the original: Wolfram von Eschenbach, Parzival and Titurel, trans. with notes by Cyril Edwards. Oxford World’s Classics (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009)

Recommended Reading: 

Secondary literature: A Companion to Wolfram’s ‘Parzival’, ed. Will Hasty (Rochester, NY: Camden House - Woodbridge, Suffolk: Boydell and Brewer, 1999)

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Meet Your Professor

University Distinguished Professor
Department of German Studies

ALBRECHT CLASSEN is University Distinguished Professor of German Studies and is the author of well over 100 scholarly books and 700 articles. He is the editor of the journals Mediaevistik and Humanities, and he has received numerous awards for teaching, research, and service. In 2017, the title of Grand Knight Commander of the Most Noble Order of the Three Lions was bestowed upon him.


This course will be offered ONLINE ONLY
Classes will be live streamed during the time and dates specified in the course details section above. Instructions about how to access the course online will be sent to all enrolled students before the course begins.

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