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

375/Germ. 375/Rel. 375. Celtic and Nordic Mythology. (3). (HU).

See Religion 375. (Beck)

402. Late Medieval Period. (3). (HU).
Late Medieval Period: Medieval Masterpieces in Translation.
A study of representative works of French and Spanish Medieval Literature. Class format will include lectures on the cultural background of the Middle Ages, and discussions of the texts themselves. We will read Chanson de Roland and Poema de Mio Cid, selected pieces from Chrétien de Troyes' romances, Roman de la Rose, Libro de Buen Amor, and Amadis de Gaula. (All works will be available in translation). Requirements: active participation in class discussion, two 5-page papers and a final examination. (Vaquero)

404. The Northern Renaissance. (3). (HU).
Northern Renaissance: Images of Folly.
This course will examine literary masterworks of the Northern Renaissance with substantial samplings from the drama and visual arts of the period. Leitmotif for the course will be the figure of the Fool, a persona who came into unusual prominence in the 16th century and moreover served as a major link between the concerns of the Northern Humanists and those of popular culture. A focus upon the mutual influences of "high" and "low," official and folk cultures will be maintained throughout the course. While major events and trends of the 16th century will be reviewed (Luther's career, Peasants' War of 1525, Revolt of the Netherlands, etc.), some background in Early Modern European history would be beneficial. Principal texts: The Ship of Fools, Sebastain Brant; The Praise of Folly, Erasmus (with some of the Colloquies); Utopia, Sir Thomas More; Letters of Obscure Men, Ulrich von Hutten et al; Gargantua and Pantagruel, Rabelais (at least two books); Til Eulenspiegel (Volksbuch). Visual arts: select paintings of Bosch and Brueghel; early woodcuts of Dürer. Dramatic texts (with optional scene-work): Pierre Pathelin and other late medieval French farces; Shrovetide plays by Hans Sachs and Swiss Reformation "agitprop" and John Skelton's political Morality Play, Magnificence. Secondary reading will focus on the literary/cultural criticism of Mikhail Bakhtin and his recent respondents. Peter Burke's Popular Culture in Early Modern Europe, and A.J. Krailsheimer's handbook, The Continental Renaissance, 1500-1600, may also be required. (Walsh)

417/RC Humanities 417. Epic and Saga. (4). (HU).

See RC Humanities 417. (Clark)

445/Hist. of Art 445. Medieval Architecture. Hist. of Art 101 or permission of instructor. (3). (HU).

See History of Art 445. (Neagley)

446/Hist. of Art 446. The Courtly Arts of the High and Late Middle Ages. Hist. of Art 101 or 102; or permission of instructor. (3). (HU).

See History of Art 446. (Neagley)


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