SPANISH 822 - Religion and Culture
Section: 001 Narrative and Metamorphosis in the Premodern Mediterranean
Term: FA 2017
Subject: Spanish (SPANISH)
Department: LSA Romance Languages & Literatures
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of department.
Advisory Prerequisites:
Graduate standing.
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s).
Primary Instructor:

How can one thing become another? Metamorphosis was of great interest in classical Greek and Roman culture, and that cultural interest persisted throughout the medieval and early modern period. Yet later authors debated the problems raised by transformations (conversion, translation, mutation) by posing two notions of change—metamorphosis and hybridity. In the former, one things turns into another, leaving no trace of its original identity behind. In the latter, one thing merges with another, making a third thing that was new but also recognizably made up of its parts. This course will examine how various Jewish, Christian, and Muslim authors of the premodern Mediterranean wrote about transformation. We will look at narratives of conversion, discussions of translation and interpretation, and discussion of mutation and metamorphosis (humans becoming animals, devils taking human shape, etc). We will ask in particular how narrative form is important for the representation of change. This course will be of interest to students in animal studies, medieval and early modern studies, religious studies, translation studies, and theories of hybridity, identity, and narrative.

Class Format:

This class will be given in English and students may work with material in original languages according to their abilities and research.

SPANISH 822 - Religion and Culture
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
7Graduate Standing
Th 1:00PM - 4:00PM
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