Spring 2013 not offered
|Certificates: Jewish and Israel Studies|
This course will consider relations between the Jewish minority and their Christian neighbors in England before the Jews' expulsion in 1290 and also the effect of the expulsion on subsequent Christian writing. We will read texts originally written in Hebrew, French, and Latin, as well as English (in translation) to get 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 Christian study of Hebrew biblical commentary; the popularity of the Jewish-Christian debate as a literary form; the Crusades; competing Jewish and Christian apocalyptic programs; and the curious afterlife of Insular 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 POEMS; THE LIFE OF WILLIAM OF NORWICH, CHRONICLES OF WILLIAM OF NEWBURGH AND MATTHEW PARIS; POEMS OF MEIR BEN ELIAHU OF NORWICH; THE QUEST OF THE HOLY GRAIL; CROXTON PLAY OF THE SACRAMENT; TRAVELS OF SIR JOHN MANDEVILLE: THE SIEGE OF JERUSALEM
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Weekly response papers; final research paper (15-20 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.
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