Medieval and Renaissance Collegium (MARC) Courses (Division 430)

205. Material Resources in the Medieval and Renaissance Culture. (4). (HU).

A close reading of a number of epic poems from the 11th, 12th, and 13th centuries, written in French and Spanish. The course will consider both the elements our texts have in common, and those that differentiate them. All readings will be in English. (Fraker)

210/Hist. 210. Early Middle Ages, 300 1100. (4). (SS).

See History 210.

212/Hist. 212. The Renaissance. (4). (HU).

See History 212. (Becker)

411. Special Topics. (1-3). (Excl).
Section 001 Language "Engineering" in 16th Century France.
Modern France evolved in the 16th century. At that time jurists, clerics, scholars and writers sought to prove that French could be used to express ideas as well as Latin and they deliberately developed vocabulary, improved literary style, codified grammar. We shall discuss their program for improving French, especially as outlined in DuBellay's Defense et Illustration de la Langue Francaise (1549). After an examination and discussion of DuBellay's ideas, the class will evaluate this program, determine its relevance for modern day programs of a similar nature, e.g., Occitan vs. French, Creole vs. French, Catalan vs. Spanish. Grading will be based on a short term paper about language "engineering." A reading knowledge of French or another Romance language will be useful. (Morgan)

418, 419, 420. Comparative and Thematic Studies of Medieval Culture I, II, III. (4 each). (HU). Individual courses in this series may be elected for credit more than once.

MARC 418 is offered Fall Term, 1983.

Crusades in East-West Perspective. The purpose of this course is to examine the causes, the primary stages of development, and the consequences of the Crusades not only from a traditional "Christian" or "European" perspective but also from a "Near Eastern" or "Islamic" point of view. Special emphasis is given to the role of the Crusades in the social and economic development of the medieval Mediterranean world. Midterm test and final "subjective" examination. (Ehrenkreutz)

440/Latin 435. Medieval Latin I, 500 900 A.D. Two years of college Latin or the equivalent. (4). (HU).

This course is designed for students who have not had any Medieval Latin. The prerequisite for the course is approximately two years of Classical Latin, though students who have had accelerated courses in Latin are certainly welcome to apply to the course. We will be accomplishing in this course a survey of the major literary events from roughly A.D. 500 until the end of the age of Charlemagne. The kinds of texts we will read will include some historiography, some saints' lives, certain representational poems from the court of Charlemagne, as well as emphasis on the development of monasticism in the West. While the course is primarily a reading course in Latin, and hence will pay some attention to the way in which Medieval Latin develops from Classical Latin, it is also very much a cultural course which is designed to show students the emerging concerns of the Early Middle Ages in the areas of religion, philosophy, thought, as well as literature. (Witke)

443/German 444. Medieval German Literature in English Translation. Junior, senior, or graduate standing; or permission of instructor. (3). (HU).

See German 444. (Scholler)

444/French 438. Introduction to the Reading of Old French Texts. French 387, 388, 389, or the equivalent. (3). (HU).

See French 438. (Mermier)

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