Ethnicity, Race, and Religion in the Middle Ages (FYS)|
Fall 2018 not offered
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 other cultures, from the Celtic borderlands to the Mongol Empire. The readings will begin historically with the Crusades and the (often grisly) chronicles written by Christian, Muslim, and Jewish authors. Other genres will include religious polemics,żautobiographical narratives of religious conversion, and travel accounts by missionaries, spies, and colonial propagandists. We will also read some later "romances" that re-imagine the crusades in terms of exoticized sexuality, racial transformation, cannibalism, and nationalist fantasy.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Student Option|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CJS)
Christian, Muslim and Jewish Crusader Chronicles Usamah Ibn Munquidh, The Book of Contemplation The Song of
Roland The Quest for the Holy Grail The Barcelona Disputation Mandeville's Travels The King of Tars William of
Rubruck, Journey to the Mongol Empire
|Examination and Assignments: |
Weekly short response papers; a final research paper (10pp.) written in two drafts, starting with an abstract and bibliography. There will be a class workshop for the first drafts of the final paper.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This course may be used to count toward the English major as an elective.