MEMS 310 - Medieval Sources of Modern Culture
Section: 001
Term: FA 2007
Subject: Medieval and Early Modern Studies (MEMS)
Department: LSA History
Requirements & Distribution:
Advisory Prerequisites:
Sophomore standing.
May not be repeated for credit.
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“The Dark Ages” conjures up lurid images of barbarians wearing horned helmets roaming a cultural landscape of generalized savagery and superstition. This course will attempt to discover a more complex, less stereotyped perspective on a fascinating period of Western European history. We will begin with the encounter between pagans and Christians in the field not only of religious belief, but also of philosophy and the arts. We will ask questions about the status of the body and its representations, about the role of intellectual life in the midst of political intrigue, and most importantly about the way in which a new history of origins and endings was framed by means of new narratives of purpose, pattern, choice, and engagement. How did Christians use paganism as a grounding and source for a new philosophy? How did barbarians use Christianity in order to represent and perhaps even to invent their own history? The course is interdisciplinary in nature, and will include a study of selected examples of the visual arts to enrich and deepen our understanding of the period.

Works studied will include: Plato, Phaedo; The Sayings of the Desert Fathers; The Life of Mary the Egyptian; St. Augustine, Confessions; Gregory of Tours, History of the Franks; Beowulf.

MEMS 310 - Medieval Sources of Modern Culture
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001 (SEM)
TuTh 2:00PM - 3:30PM
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