Debate and Destruction: Jews and Christians in the Middle Ages|
Fall 2020 not offered
This course will consider relations between the Jewish minority and their Christian neighbors in England before the Jews' expulsion in 1290. We will also look at how the Jews are depicted in subsequent Christian writing. We will read texts originally written in Hebrew, French, and Latin (all in translation) as well as English, giving us a sense of the conversations that took place between two groups that were both inextricably bound together and set apart by centuries of conflict and persecution. Among the issues we will explore are the popularity of Jewish-Christian debate as a literary form, the Crusades, gender roles and gender fluidity, Jewish and Christian apocalyptic programs, and the curious afterlife of Jews in Middle English literature..
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CJST-MN)(MDST-MN)(MDST)(MDST-Art/Arch)(MDST-History)(MDST-Lang/Lit)(MDST-Phil/Reli)
Jewish Crusade Chronicles and Poetry; Thomas of Monmouth, The Life and Miracles of William of Norwich, Chronicles of William of Newburgh, Matthew Paris et al.; Jewish-Christian Debates; Poems of Meir ben Eliahu of Norwich; The Quest of the Holy Grail; The Hebrew "King Artus"; The Croxton Play of the Sacrament; The Travels of Sir John Mandeville; Chaucer, The Prioress's Tale; The Siege of Jerusalem.
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Weekly response papers; final research paper (12-15 pp.)
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This course fulfills the Literary History I major requirement and contributes to the British Literature concentration of the English major; fulfills the Research Seminar requirement for Honors thesis writers.
This course fulfills the "Historical Traditions" requirement for the Religion major.
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