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Medieval Ethnicities and Ethnographies

ENGL 353
Fall 2017 not offered
Crosslisting: MDST 353
Certificates: Jewish and Israel Studies

This course concerns the invention of premodern ideas of ethnicity and race. Our focus will be on a selection of medieval texts dealing with the encounters--real and imaginary--of Western European Christians with Jews, Muslims, and other cultures. 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 such as Gerald of Wales's HISTORY AND TOPOGRAPHY OF IRELAND and Mandeville's TRAVELS. The greater part of the course will deal with literary texts--romances, plays, and lyrics--but we will take a truly cultural-studies approach to this material.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA ENGL
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CJST-MN)(ENGL)(ENGL-Literature)(MDST)(MDST-Art/Arch)(MDST-History)(MDST-Lang/Lit)(MDST-Phil/Reli)

Last Updated on JAN-25-2022
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