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.