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
Credits:
3
Waitlist Capacity:
unlimited
Consent:
With permission of department.
Advisory Prerequisites:
Graduate standing.
Repeatability:
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)
P
30279
Open
7
7Graduate Standing
-
Th 1:00PM - 4:00PM
NOTE: Data maintained by department in Wolverine Access. If no textbooks are listed below, check with the department.
Syllabi are available to current LSA students. IMPORTANT: These syllabi are provided to give students a general idea about the courses, as offered by LSA departments and programs in prior academic terms. The syllabi do not necessarily reflect the assignments, sequence of course materials, and/or course expectations that the faculty and departments/programs have for these same courses in the current and/or future terms.

No Syllabi are on file for SPANISH 822. Click the button below to search for a different syllabus (UM login required)

Search for Syllabus
The CourseProfile (ART) system, supported by the U-M Provost’s 3rd Century Initiative through a grant to the Office of Academic Innovation, provides additional information about: course enrollments; academic terms and instructors; student academic profiles (school/college, majors), and previous, concurrent, and subsequent course enrollments.

CourseProfile (ART)