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Race, Ethnicity, and Religion in Medieval Literature

ENGL 353
Fall 2018 not offered
Crosslisting: MDST 353
Certificates: Jewish and Israel Studies

Why do white supremacists celebrate the European Middle Ages as a lost era of racial and religious purity? This course approaches that question by considering the invention of medieval ideas of race, ethnicity and religious difference. Our focus will be on a selection of texts dealing with encounters -- real and imaginary -- of Western European Christians with cultures from the Mongol Empire to the Celtic "borderlands." The readings will begin historically with the Crusades and the grisly chronicles written by Christian, Muslim, and Jewish authors. Other genres will include religious polemics and travel accounts by missionaries, spies, and colonial propagandists. We will also read some later romances and plays, fictions that re-imagine the past in terms of exoticized sexuality, racial transformation, cannibalism, and nationalist fantasy.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA ENGL
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CJST-MN)(CSCT)(ENGL)(MDST)(MDST-Art/Arch)(MDST-History)(MDST-Lang/Lit)(MDST-Phil/Reli)

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