Medieval Ethnicities and Ethnographies|
Spring 2015 not offered
|Certificates: Jewish and Israel Studies|
This course concerns premodern ideas of ethnicity and the people who invented them. Our focus will be on a selection of medieval texts dealing with the encounters of Western European Christians with Jews, Muslims, and other cultures--real or imaginary. The readings will begin historically with the Crusades and the chronicles written by Christian, Muslim, and Jewish authors. Other genres will include religious polemics, autobiographical narratives of religious conversion, and travel accounts by missionaries and spies. We will also read some early "ethnographic" writings like Gerald of Wales' HISTORY AND TOPOGRAPHY OF IRELAND and Mandeville's TRAVELS. The greater part of the course will deal with literary texts--romances, plays, lyrics, etc.--but we will take a truly cultural-studies approach to this material.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CJST-MN)(CSCT)(ENGL)(ENGL-Literature)(MDST)(MDST-Art/Arch)(MDST-History)(MDST-Lang/Lit)(MDST-Phil/Reli)
Christian, Jewish, and Muslim Crusade chronicles; SONG OF ROLAND, THE CONQUEST OF ORANGE, THE QUEST OF THE HOLY GRAIL, the Hebrew "KING ARTHUR" romance; Gerald of Wales, HISTORY AND TOPOGRAPHY OF IRELAND; Memoirs of Usama Ibn Munquidh, THE JOURNEY OF WILLIAM OF RUBRUCK TO ASIA; TRAVELS OF SIR JOHN MANDEVILLE.
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Weekly response papers; final research paper.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This course fulfills the Literatures of Difference requirement toward the English major.
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