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MEDVL 1101 : FWS: Aspects of Medieval Culture
Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Sophia D'Ignazio
Ryan Lawrence
Abigail Sprenkle
Alice Wolff
Tyler Wolford
Thari Zweers
Anna Waymack
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MEDVL 1101 : FWS: Aspects of Medieval Culture
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Patrick Naeve
Paul Vinhage
Anna Waymack
Tyler Wolford
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MEDVL 1103 : FWS: Legends, Fantasy & Vision
Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Thomas Hill
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MEDVL 1660 : The Vikings and their World
Crosslisted as: HIST 1660, NES 1660 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Oren Falk
Globalization may seem like a recent hot topic, but it was already very much in vogue 1000 years ago when Norse explorers burst out of Scandinavia to journey as far as North America, Azerbaijan, the Mediterranean and the White Sea. This course will introduce students to the Norsemen and women of the Viking Age and the centuries following it, weaving together literary, chronicle, archaeological and other sources to tell the remarkable stories of these medieval entrepreneurs and of the many people and places they encountered. Along the way, students will also pick up crucial historical thinking skills: assessing change and continuity over time, learning the basics of source criticism, and gaining an appreciation for interdisciplinary research. This course qualifies for credit towards the undergraduate minor in Viking Studies. 
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MEDVL 2082 : Of Ice and Men: Masculinities in the Medieval North
Crosslisted as: FGSS 2082, HIST 2082 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Oren Falk
The Middle Ages are usually imagined as a time of manly men and feminine women: no room for gender ambiguity in Conan the Barbarian! Yet gender, then as now, was in fact unstable, multiple, and above all, constructed. This course explores the different ways masculinity was understood, manufactured, and manipulated in northern Europe – primarily early Ireland, England, and Scandinavia – using a variety of literary, legal, historical, archaeological, and artistic sources. Students will gain new perspectives on both gender and sex, on the one hand, and the history of medieval Europe, on the other.
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MEDVL 2100 : Medieval Romance: Voyage to the Otherworld
Crosslisted as: ENGL 2100 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Masha Raskolnikov
Romances were, essentially, medieval science fiction and fantasy writing. They were how authors in the Middle Ages imagined things beyond rational understanding that, at the same time, greatly extended the possibilities of the world around them.  The course will survey some medieval narratives concerned with representative voyages to the otherworld or with the impinging of the otherworld upon ordinary experience. The syllabus will normally include some representative Old Irish otherworld literature:  selections from The Mabinogion; selections from the Lays of Marie de France; Chretian de Troye's Erec, Yvain, and Lancelot; and the Middle English Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.  We will finish by looking at a few contemporary otherworld romances, such as selections from J.R.R. Tolkein. All readings will be in modern English.
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MEDVL 2130 : Cultures of the Middle Ages
Crosslisted as: HIST 2742 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Oren Falk
It's bad enough to run up against a border: at least you know where you stand. The frontier, however -- that fuzzy, murky zone that envelops the border while making its precise contours invisible -- is far more ambiguous, dangerous ground to tread. People, ideas, and other contraband criss-cross it; men (and sometimes women) make their own law; cultures clash and conspire together. At the margins of Europe -- Ireland, Wales, Scandinavia, Poland, Germany, the Low Countries, Spain, Sicily, the Levant -- medieval people discovered what every Trekkie knows: final frontiers, spaces of both oppression and opportunity. This course will explore some of the exchanges, friendly and otherwise, that took place at the edges of the medieval world, seeding many of the most radical developments which shaped the modern world.
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MEDVL 2170 : Early Modern Iberian Survey
Crosslisted as: LATA 2170, SPAN 2170 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Alvaro Garrote Pascual
This course explores major texts and themes of the Hispanic tradition from the 11th to the 17th centuries. We will examine general questions on literary analysis and the relationship between literature and history around certain events, such as medieval multicultural Iberia, the creation of the Spanish Inquisition in the 15th century and the expulsion of the Jews in 1492; the encounter between the Old and the New Worlds; the 'opposition' of high and low in popular culture, and of the secular and the sacred in poetry and prose. Readings may be drawn from medieval short stories and miracle collections; chivalric romances, Columbus, Lazarillo de Tormes, Cervantes, Lope de Vega, Calderón, and Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, among others.
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MEDVL 2170 : Early Modern Iberian Survey
Crosslisted as: LATA 2170, SPAN 2170 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Ebtisam Mursi
This course explores major texts and themes of the Hispanic tradition from the 11th to the 17th centuries. We will examine general questions on literary analysis and the relationship between literature and history around certain events, such as medieval multicultural Iberia, the creation of the Spanish Inquisition in the 15th century and the expulsion of the Jews in 1492; the encounter between the Old and the New Worlds; the 'opposition' of high and low in popular culture, and of the secular and the sacred in poetry and prose. Readings may be drawn from medieval short stories and miracle collections; chivalric romances, Columbus, Lazarillo de Tormes, Cervantes, Lope de Vega, Calderón, and Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, among others.
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MEDVL 2350 : The Medieval Book: Objects and Texts
Crosslisted as: COML 2350, FREN 2350, ITAL 2350 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Laurent Ferri
The course provides a survey of the book from ca. 1100 to 1500, with emphasis on the development of the book in Western Europe, especially France, Germany, Italy, the Low Countries, and Spain.  It focuses on the many roles of the book in medieval societies, with special attention paid to production, dissemination, and reading practices. The collection of manuscripts and incunabula in Kroch Library allows a "hands-on" approach to learning.  Along the way, we will read excerpts from some of the most influential texts of the Middle Ages, such as the Song of the Nibelungs: The Romance of Alexander; the Scvias of St. Hildegard of Bingen: Dante's Divine Comedy; Jacobus de Varagine's Golden Legend; and the travel narratives of Marco Polo or Bernhard von Breydenbach.
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MEDVL 2642 : The Art of Math: Mathematical Traditions of Symmetry and Harmony
Crosslisted as: CLASS 2642, MUSIC 2642 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Andrew Hicks
Courtney Roby
Symmetry and harmony are central aesthetic concepts built on a long history of mathematical exploration, not just in the European mathematical tradition but also in mathematical texts from China, India, and the Islamic world. This course will cover theoretical proofs and practical applications from geometrical, harmonic, and astronomical traditions ranging from ancient Greek geometry to early modern science. Topics include geometrical proofs, calculating systems, astronomical models, ratios and proportions, and scales and temperaments.
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MEDVL 2655 : Introduction to Islamic Civilization
Crosslisted as: HIST 2530, NES 2655, NES 6555, RELST 2655 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
David Powers
At the beginning of the 7th century, a new religion, Islam, appeared in Arabia and by the end of the century, Muslims had defeated the Byzantines and Persians and created an empire that stretched from Spain to India. For the next millennium, Islam glittered. Its caliphs, courts, and capitals were grander, more powerful, and more sophisticated than those of any medieval king, duke or prince. In this course, we will trace the emergence and development of Islamic civilization from the birth of Muhammad ca. 570 to the Mongol sack of Baghdad in 1258. We will read the Qur'an and listen to its recitation; examine the career of the Prophet Muhammad; follow the course of the Arab conquests; explore the nature of the conflict between Sunnis and Shi'is; learn about the five pillars of Islam, sharia law, theology, and Sufism; and assess the achievements of Muslim intellectuals in literature, art, architecture, science, and philosophy.
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MEDVL 2695 : Introduction to Christian History
Crosslisted as: CLASS 2636, NES 2695, RELST 2695 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
This course offers an introduction to the history of Christianity from the first century through the seventeenth and perhaps a bit beyond. Our emphasis will be on the diversity of Christian traditions, beliefs, and practices throughout history. We will explore the origins of Christianity within the eastern Mediterranean world, the spread of Christianity, the development of ecclesiastical institutions, the rise and establishment of monasticism, and the various controversies that occupied the church throughout its history. Throughout the course, we will supplement our reading of primary texts with art, archaeology, music, and manuscripts.
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MEDVL 2770 : Islam and Gender
Crosslisted as: ANTHR 2470, FGSS 2770, LGBT 2770, NES 2770, RELST 2770 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Seema Golestaneh
This course explores the role of gender and sexuality in shaping the lives of Muslims past and present. Through a close examination of ethnographies, intellectual histories, and religious treatises, we will analyze the key debates and discourses surrounding the intersection of gender and Islam. We begin by investigating Quranic revelations and hadith concerning gender and sexual ethics, female figures of emulation in early Islam, and feminist exegeses of the Quran. Continuing onward, we focus upon the everyday lives of Muslim women and non-binary individuals in medieval, colonial, and post-colonial contexts, highlighting the ways in which people negotiate and respond to the sexual politics of the times in which they live as we ask what, if anything, is specifically "Islamic" about the situations under discussion? Following this, we embark upon a history of sexuality within Islam, tracing the ways in which the categories of "homosexuality" and "heterosexuality" came to exist in the Muslim world, as well as the history and positionality of trans communities past and present. We then continue with an exploration of Islamic feminism as it exists today, looking to the ways in which Muslim feminists have critically engaged both religious texts as well as Western feminist theory. Finally, the course concludes by analyzing the relationship between the study of Islam, gender, and empire.
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MEDVL 3080 : Icelandic Family Sagas
Crosslisted as: ENGL 3080 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Thomas Hill
An introduction to Old Norse-Icelandic mythology and the Icelandic family saga-the "native" heroic literary genre of Icelandic tradition. Texts will vary but will normally include the Prose Edda, the Poetic Edda, Hrafnkels Saga, Njals Saga, Laxdaela Saga, and Grettirs Saga. All readings will be in translation. The class counts toward the pre-1800 requirement for English majors.
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MEDVL 3110 : Old English
Crosslisted as: ENGL 3110, ENGL 6110, MEDVL 6110 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Samantha Zacher
In this course, we will read and discuss some of the earliest surviving English poetry and prose. Attention will be paid to (1) learning to read the language in which this literature is written, (2) evaluating the poetry as poetry: its form, structure, style, and varieties of meaning, and (3) seeing what can be learned about the culture of Anglo-Saxon England and about the early Germanic world in general, from an examination of the Old English literary records. We will begin by reading some easy prose and will go on to consider some more challenging heroic, elegiac, and devotional poetry, including an excerpt from the masterpiece Beowulf. The course may also be used as preparation for the sequence ENGL 3120/ENGL 6120. The class counts toward the pre-1800 requirement for English majors.
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MEDVL 3120 : Beowulf
Crosslisted as: ENGL 3120, ENGL 6120, MEDVL 6120 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Samantha Zacher
In recent years, Beowulf has received renewed attention in popular culture, thanks to the production of two recent Beowulf movies and riveting new translations (eg. Seamus Heaney). The poem's appeal lies in the complex depictions of its monsters, accounts of heroic bravery, and lavish portrayals of life in the Meadhall. Through close readings we will also explore the "dark side" of the poem: its punishing depictions of loss and exile, despairing meditations on unstable kingship and dynastic failure, and harrowing depictions of heroic defeat and the vanities of existence on the Middle-Earth. Attention to the poem's literary heritage (in Latin and Norse) and its layered pagan and Christian perspectives reveals an amalgamated Christian heroic ethos. [Readings in Old or Modern English]
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MEDVL 3210 : Medieval Philosophy
Crosslisted as: PHIL 3210, RELST 3150 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Scott MacDonald
A selective survey of Western philosophical thought from the fourth to the 14th century. Topics include the problem of universals, the theory of knowledge and truth, the nature of free choice and practical reasoning, and philosophical theology. Readings (in translation) include Augustine, Boethius, Anselm, Abelard, Aquinas, Scotus, and Ockham. Some attention will be given to the development of ideas across the period and the influence of non-Western traditions on the West.
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MEDVL 3315 : Old Norse I
Crosslisted as: LING 3315 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Brynhildur Stefansdottir
Old Norse is a collective term for the earliest North Germanic literary languages: Old Icelandic, Old Norwegian, Old Danish, and Old Swedish. The richly documented Old Icelandic is the center of attention, and the purpose is twofold: the students gain knowledge of an ancient North Germanic language, important from a linguistic point of view, and gain access to the medieval Icelandic (and Scandinavian) literature. The structure of Old Norse (Old Icelandic), phonology, and morphology, with reading of selections from the Prose-Edda, a 13th-century narrative based on the Eddaic poetry. 
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MEDVL 3316 : Old Norse II
Crosslisted as: LING 3316 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Brynhildur Stefansdottir
Old Norse is a collective term for the earliest North Germanic literary languages: Old Icelandic, Old Norwegian, Old Danish, and Old Swedish. The richly documented Old Icelandic is the center of attention, and the purpose is twofold: the students gain knowledge of an ancient North Germanic language, important from a linguistic point of view, and gain access to the medieval Icelandic (and Scandinavian) literature.  Extensive reading of Old Norse texts, among them selections from some of the major Icelandic family sagas: Njals saga, Grettis saga, and Egils saga, as well as the whole Hrafnkels saga.
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MEDVL 3639 : Cultural History of the Jews of Spain
Crosslisted as: JWST 3639, NES 3639, RELST 3639, SPAN 3639 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Ross Brann
This course is intended to provide a survey of the cultural history of the Jews in Spain from the late Visigothic period until the converso crisis of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries and the expulsion. It will focus on the interaction of Jewish with Muslim and Christian cultures and the stable yet evolving sense of a Sephardic identity. The course will establish historical and literary-critical frames for reading primary sources in translation, including secular and synagogal poetry, philosophy and kabbalah, biblical hermeneutics, historiography and polemics.
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MEDVL 3750 : Introduction to Dendrochronology
Crosslisted as: ARKEO 3090, ARKEO 6755, ARTH 3250, CLASS 3750, CLASS 6755 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Carol Griggs
Brita Lorentzen
Introduction and training in dendrochronology (tree-ring dating) and its applications in archaeology, art history, climate and environment through lab work and participation in ongoing research projects using ancient to modern wood samples from around the world. Supervised reading and laboratory/project work. Possibilities exists for summer fieldwork in the Mediterranean, Mexico, and New York State.
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MEDVL 3760 : On Practice and Perfection
Crosslisted as: FREN 3770, RELST 3770 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Cary Howie
Practice makes perfect, the old saying goes, but the nature of that connection remains opaque.  This course, conducted in English and intended as a sequel to FREN 3540 - On Paying Attention, gives students the opportunity to engage with everyday material and spiritual practices, and to reflect upon the kids of things these practices "make."  What is the place of routine and repetition in our lives?  How can we open a conversation about our habits?  We'll look for models to the long history of writing on the subject, largely but not exclusively by Christian thinkers (e.g. Augustine, Benedict, Aelred, Francis, Ignatius), even as we develop new ways of accounting for, and developing, the practices that make our lives meaningful.  Artists, athletes, and introverts especially welcome.
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MEDVL 4002 : Latin Philosophical Texts
Crosslisted as: LATIN 7262, MEDVL 6020, PHIL 4002, PHIL 6020, RELST 4100, RELST 6020 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Scott MacDonald
Reading and translation of Latin philosophical texts.
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MEDVL 4002 : Latin Philosophical Texts
Crosslisted as: LATIN 7262, MEDVL 6020, PHIL 4002, PHIL 6020, RELST 4100, RELST 6020 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Scott MacDonald
Reading and translation of Latin philosophical texts.
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MEDVL 4145 : Race and Gender in the Middle Ages
Crosslisted as: ENGL 4145, ENGL 6145, FGSS 4145, MEDVL 6145 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Masha Raskolnikov
If "the past is a foreign country," is it a country full of oppressed women? We can, with some smugness, agree that it may have been dreadful to be a woman or sexual minority in the Middle Ages, but it's nowhere near that simple. Also un-simple are medieval notions of race. Scholars long assumed that the European Middle Ages were entirely white and/or that since "race" as a concept hadn't been invented yet, it wasn't an issue. But both racial and gender difference matter tremendously, then as now. Together, we will think about race and gender as imagined at a time before the world we now know came into being, asking what the pre-history of difference might have to do with us and our future.
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MEDVL 4285 : Old French
Crosslisted as: FREN 4285 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Ti Alkire
This course gives students a comprehensive overview of the Old French language and intensive practice reading medieval texts in the original. Students will also gain familiarity with the principal research tools (dictionaries, historical grammars, online resources) for working with Old French.
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MEDVL 4295 : Introduction to Medieval German Literature
Crosslisted as: GERST 4285, GERST 6285 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Erik Born
This course introduces the canon of medieval German literature: lyric poetry (Minnesang), Arthurian romance (Gottfried's Tristan, Wolfram's Parzival, Hartmann's Iwein), and the heroic epic (Nibelungenlied). With a focus on twelfth-century courtly culture, we will investigate medieval problems of form, genre, and representation, as well as post-medieval approaches to materiality, hermeneutics, and textuality. Our larger questions, centering on the controversial concept of medieval alterity, will address the contested legacy of the Middle Ages in German modernity.
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MEDVL 4471 : Premodern/Postmodern
Crosslisted as: COML 4471, GERST 4471, GERST 6471, MEDVL 6471 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Erik Born
The premodern world played a crucial role in the formation of postmodern theory. 'Biblical exegesis', 'negative theology', 'inner experience', and other premodern concepts and practices were taken up by modern and postmodern authors including Ingeborg Bachmann, Georges Bataille, Italo Calvino, Michel de Certeau, Jacques Derrida, Martin Heidegger, Jean-François Lyotard, and Robert Musil. Each week we will read one modern or postmodern author in dialogue with one premodern author, such as Origen, Pseudo-Dionysius, Meister Eckhart, Angelus Silesius, Hildegard of Bingen, and Mechthild of Magdeburg, among many others. The aim of our comparisons will be to interrogate the legacy of what Bruce Holsinger calls the "premodern condition."
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MEDVL 4557 : Desert Monasticism
Crosslisted as: CLASS 4677, NES 4557, NES 6557, RELST 4557 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Kim Haines-Eitzen
How and why do landscapes come to inspire the religious imagination?   And why do religious practices, rituals, traditions, and beliefs take place in particular landscapes? This seminar treats these questions by focusing on the desert, both imagined and real, as it has shaped religious ascetic practice, especially the development of Christian monasticism in the Middle East.  We will read widely from monastic literatures, mostly from late ancient Egypt, to explore both the historical development of monasticism in Christianity and examine why the monastic impulse seems so closely tied to the "desert." In addition to reading saints lives and the stories of hermits, we will read early monastic rules, the desert fathers, and we will draw from archaeological sources to examine the varieties of ascetic practices in the deserts of late ancient Egypt, Gaza, Sinai, Palestine, and Syria. Throughout the course we will explore ancient and modern ideas about "wilderness" and we will explore parallels between ancient Near Eastern literatures and their nineteenth- and twentieth-century parallels in the American frontier and environmental literatures.
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MEDVL 4632 : Emperors, Kings, and Warlords: Political Legitimacy at the End of the Ancient World
Crosslisted as: CLASS 4602, HIST 4632, HIST 6632, MEDVL 6632, SHUM 4632, SHUM 6632 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Damian Fernandez
This seminar will analyze the transition between the late Roman empire and the barbarian kingdoms in western Europe from the perspective of how rulers, intellectuals, and common people understood legitimate and illegitimate political authority. The so-called "Dark Ages" (4th-7th centuries) were a vibrant period of creativity and reinvention. Class discussion will focus on primary source analysis, and how ethnic (Roman/Germanic), religious (Christian/non-Christian), gender, and other categories informed late antique notions of political authority. We will also discuss how notions of rulership were deployed to challenge emperors and kings. Knowledge of late antique and early medieval political ideas is crucial to understanding modern uses of the so-called "Western" past in current political debates.
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MEDVL 4761 : Anglo-Saxon England
Crosslisted as: HIST 4761, HIST 6761, MEDVL 6761 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Oren Falk
The people who invaded the isle of Britain after the withdrawal of Roman government in the early fifth century, and who dominated it until the establishment of Norman rule in the late eleventh century, are responsible for some of the best-known and most enduring legacies of the Middle Ages: Beowulf and Bede's Ecclesiastical History, the archbishoprics of Canterbury and York, Alfred the Great and Æthelred the Unready. This course examines the Anglo-Saxons in their early-medieval context, focusing especially on the cooperation between history and its sister disciplines – archaeology, literary criticism, and others – that is so vital for shedding light on this distant, opaque era. 
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MEDVL 6020 : Latin Philosophical Texts
Crosslisted as: LATIN 7262, MEDVL 4002, PHIL 4002, PHIL 6020, RELST 4100, RELST 6020 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Scott MacDonald
Reading and translation of Latin philosophical texts.
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MEDVL 6020 : Latin Philosophical Texts
Crosslisted as: LATIN 7262, MEDVL 4002, PHIL 4002, PHIL 6020, RELST 4100, RELST 6020 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Scott MacDonald
Reading and translation of Latin philosophical texts.
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MEDVL 6110 : Old English
Crosslisted as: ENGL 3110, ENGL 6110, MEDVL 3110 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Samantha Zacher
In this course, we will read and discuss some of the earliest surviving English poetry and prose. Attention will be paid to (1) learning to read the language in which this literature is written, (2) evaluating the poetry as poetry: its form, structure, style, and varieties of meaning, and (3) seeing what can be learned about the culture of Anglo-Saxon England and about the early Germanic world in general, from an examination of the Old English literary records. We will begin by reading some easy prose and will go on to consider some more challenging heroic, elegiac, and devotional poetry, including an excerpt from the masterpiece Beowulf. The course may also be used as preparation for the sequence ENGL 3120/ENGL 6120.
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MEDVL 6120 : Beowulf
Crosslisted as: ENGL 3120, ENGL 6120, MEDVL 3120 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Samantha Zacher
Beowulf has received renewed attention in popular culture, thanks to the production of recent movies and riveting new translations. The poem's popular appeal lies in its complex depictions of monsters, its accounts of heroic bravery, and its lavish portrayals of life in the Meadhall. Through close readings we will also explore the "darker side" of the poem: its punishing depictions of loss and exile, despairing meditations on unstable kingship and dynastic failure, and harrowing depictions of heroic defeat and the vanities of existence on the Middle-Earth. Attention will be given to the poem's cultural contexts, its literary heritage, and its layered pagan and Christian perspectives. A bilingual edition of the poem will be assigned so that students may read in Old and Modern English.
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MEDVL 6145 : Race and Gender in the Middle Ages
Crosslisted as: ENGL 4145, ENGL 6145, FGSS 4145, MEDVL 4145 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Masha Raskolnikov
If "the past is a foreign country," is it a country full of oppressed women?  We can, with some smugness, agree that it may have been dreadful to be a woman or sexual minority in the Middle Ages, but it's nowhere near that simple. Also un-simple are medieval notions of race. Scholars long assumed that the European Middle Ages were entirely white and/or that since "race" as a concept hadn't been invented yet, it wasn't an issue. But both racial and gender difference matter tremendously, then as now. Together, we will think about race and gender as imagined at a time before the world we now know came into being, asking what the pre-history of difference might have to do with us and our future.
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MEDVL 6210 : Topics in Medieval Philosophy
Crosslisted as: PHIL 4215, PHIL 6210, RELST 4215, RELST 6210 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Scott MacDonald
Graduate seminar covering a topic in medieval philosophy.
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MEDVL 6471 : Premodern/Postmodern
Crosslisted as: COML 4471, GERST 4471, GERST 6471, MEDVL 4471 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Erik Born
The premodern world played a crucial role in the formation of postmodern theory. 'Biblical exegesis', 'negative theology', 'inner experience', and other premodern concepts and practices were taken up by modern and postmodern authors including Ingeborg Bachmann, Georges Bataille, Italo Calvino, Michel de Certeau, Jacques Derrida, Martin Heidegger, Jean-François Lyotard, and Robert Musil. Each week we will read one modern or postmodern author in dialogue with one premodern author, such as Origen, Pseudo-Dionysius, Meister Eckhart, Angelus Silesius, Hildegard of Bingen, and Mechthild of Magdeburg, among many others. The aim of our comparisons will be to interrogate the legacy of what Bruce Holsinger calls the "premodern condition."
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MEDVL 6632 : Emperors, Kings, and Warlords: Political Legitimacy at the End of the Ancient World
Crosslisted as: CLASS 4602, HIST 4632, HIST 6632, MEDVL 4632, SHUM 4632, SHUM 6632 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Damian Fernandez
This seminar will analyze the transition between the late Roman empire and the barbarian kingdoms in western Europe from the perspective of how rulers, intellectuals, and common people understood legitimate and illegitimate political authority. The so-called "Dark Ages" (4th-7th centuries) were a vibrant period of creativity and reinvention. Class discussion will focus on primary source analysis, and how ethnic (Roman/Germanic), religious (Christian/non-Christian), gender, and other categories informed late antique notions of political authority. We will also discuss how notions of rulership were deployed to challenge emperors and kings. Knowledge of late antique and early medieval political ideas is crucial to understanding modern uses of the so-called "Western" past in current political debates.
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MEDVL 6761 : Anglo-Saxon England
Crosslisted as: HIST 4761, HIST 6761, MEDVL 4761 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Oren Falk
The people who invaded the isle of Britain after the withdrawal of Roman government in the early fifth century, and who dominated it until the establishment of Norman rule in the late eleventh century, are responsible for some of the best-known and most enduring legacies of the Middle Ages: Beowulf and Bede's Ecclesiastical History, the archbishoprics of Canterbury and York, Alfred the Great and Æthelred the Unready. This course examines the Anglo-Saxons in their early-medieval context, focusing especially on the cooperation between history and its sister disciplines – archaeology, literary criticism, and others – that is so vital for shedding light on this distant, opaque era.
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MEDVL 7235 : The Global Premodern: Methods and Perspectives
Crosslisted as: MUSIC 7235 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Andrew Hicks
This seminar interrogates the emergence of a global consciousness (a hallmark of "the modern") across a range of academic disciplines. Our focus will be the historical retrojection of this call to "go global" upon the premodern: a global history of ideas, a global history of science, a global medieval studies, and (of course) a global history of music. We will consider the methodological challenges, sub-disciplinary configurations, and liberal politics involved in the doing of global history within the Anglo-American academy. Topics include historical global histories of music (by, e.g., Al-Farabi, Fétis, and Sourindro Mohun Tagore), recent historiographical debates about longue durée history vs. "micro-history," networks of exchange and migration, the problem of periodization, and case studies (tbd by seminar participants).
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MEDVL 8010 : Directed Study - Individual
Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Thomas Hill
Laurent Dubreuil
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MEDVL 8010 : Directed Study - Individual
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MEDVL 8020 : Directed Study - Group
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Andrew Galloway
Andrew Hicks
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MEDVL 8020 : Directed Study - Group
Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Andrew Hicks
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