Course Catalog - 2015-2016

     

MDEM 100 - ROMANCING RELIGION

Long Title: ROMANCING RELIGION: NARRATIVES OF THE SACRED
Department: Medieval/Early Modern Studies
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Seminar
Distribution Group: Distribution Group I
Credit Hours: 3
Restrictions:
May not be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Description: This course examines links between religious experience and romance narrative taking the grail as a focal point. We start with grail legends in the middle ages, explore historical associations of the grail with medieval Christianity, and end with quest narratives and grail motifs in modern occultism, fiction and film. This course is limited to first-year students only, any others will be removed from this course. Cross-list: FSEM 100, RELI 100.
 

MDEM 101 - ELEMENTARY LATIN I

Long Title: ELEMENTARY LATIN I
Department: Medieval/Early Modern Studies
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Lecture
Credit Hours: 3
Restrictions:
May not be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Description: Study of the fundamentals of Latin grammar with emphasis on acquisition of reading skills. Cross-list: LATI 101.
 

MDEM 102 - ELEMENTARY LATIN II

Long Title: ELEMENTARY LATIN II
Department: Medieval/Early Modern Studies
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Lecture
Credit Hours: 3
Restrictions:
May not be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Prerequisite(s): LATI 101 OR MDST 101 OR MDEM 101
Description: Continuation of LATI 101 and MDEM 101. Graduate students require permission of instructor. Cross-list: LATI 102.
 

MDEM 103 - INTRO TO JEWISH MYSTICISM

Long Title: INTRODUCTION TO JEWISH MYSTICISM
Department: Medieval/Early Modern Studies
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Lecture
Distribution Group: Distribution Group I
Credit Hours: 3
Restrictions:
May not be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Description: Surveys the historical development and central themes of Jewish mysticism. From the bible to ancient mysticism to medieval Kabbalah to modern expressions, we will critically reflection the ideas such as divine presence in the world, the cultivation of insight and magical powers, contemplative and restorative practices, and charismatic authority. Cross-list: RELI 104.
 

MDEM 105 - MEDIEVAL CHRISTIAN THOUGHT

Long Title: INTRODUCTION TO MEDIEVAL CHRISTIAN THOUGHT
Department: Medieval/Early Modern Studies
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Lecture
Distribution Group: Distribution Group I
Credit Hours: 3
Restrictions:
May not be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Description: Survey of major medieval Christian thinkers. Primary focus on high and late middle ages (12th-15th century), with some attention to spiritual and apocalyptic writings and dissenting thought in this period. Cross-list: RELI 105.
 

MDEM 108 - LATE MEDIEVAL & RENAISSANCE

Long Title: ART IN CONTEXT: LATE MEDIEVAL AND RENAISSANCE CULTURE
Department: Medieval/Early Modern Studies
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Lecture
Distribution Group: Distribution Group I
Credit Hours: 3
Restrictions:
May not be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Description: This course will be concerned with art, architecture, and history of the late Middle Ages and Renaissance. We will employ historical texts, literature, and illustrations of works of art, showing how historical documents and sources can illuminate the cultural context of art and architecture. Cross-list: HART 240, HUMA 108.
 

MDEM 111 - INTRO TO HIST OF WESTERN ART I

Long Title: INTRODUCTION TO THE HISTORY OF WESTERN ART I: PREHISTORIC TO GOTHIC
Department: Medieval/Early Modern Studies
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Lecture
Distribution Group: Distribution Group I
Credit Hours: 4
Restrictions:
May not be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Description: A survey of painting, sculpture, and architecture from Antiquity through the 15th century. Students will also attend a one-hour weekly tutorial with a teaching assistant. Cross-list: CLAS 102, HART 101.
 

MDEM 116 - MYSTICISM THROUGHOUT THE AGES

Long Title: MYSTICISM THROUGHOUT THE AGES
Department: Medieval/Early Modern Studies
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Lecture
Distribution Group: Distribution Group I
Credit Hours: 3
Restrictions:
May not be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Description: This course examines the historical development of mysticism in Western thought, placing the Christian experiential traditions in comparison with Jewish developments. Through mystical texts, we will explore key concepts, such as visions of God and spiritual journeys, as developed during late antiquity, the middle-ages, and into the early modern period. Cross-list: RELI 116.
 

MDEM 120 - MEDIEVAL CIVILIZATIONS

Long Title: MEDIEVAL CIVILIZATIONS
Department: Medieval/Early Modern Studies
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Lecture
Distribution Group: Distribution Group I
Credit Hours: 3
Restrictions:
May not be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Description: Focusing on the period between 300-1500 CE, the course will survey political institutions, society, and culture in medieval European, Byzantine, and Islamic civilizations. Topics include Christianization of Europe, the rise of Islam, the Crusades, scholastic theology, persecution of heretics, bubonic plague, and the rise of centralized monarchies. Cross-list: HIST 120.
 

MDEM 171 - BODY & COSMOS IN MIDDLE AGES

Long Title: THE BODY AND THE COSMOS IN THE MIDDLE AGES
Department: Medieval/Early Modern Studies
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Seminar
Distribution Group: Distribution Group I
Credit Hours: 3
Restrictions:
May not be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Description: What shaped medieval Christian notions of the body? How did common experiences of pain, sexuality, childbirth, and death refract the grasp of larger concepts - God, time, and the cosmos? This seminar will explore the issues connecting body to cosmos through close reading of medieval literary, mystical, and autobiographical texts. This course is limited to first-year students only, any others will be removed from this course. Cross-list: FSEM 171, RELI 171.
 

MDEM 201 - HISTORY OF PHILOSOPHY I

Long Title: HISTORY OF PHILOSOPHY I
Department: Medieval/Early Modern Studies
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Lecture
Distribution Group: Distribution Group I
Credit Hours: 3
Restrictions:
May not be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Description: Survey of the major philosophers and philosophical systems of ancient Greece, from Parmenides to the Stoics. Cross-list: CLAS 201, PHIL 201.
 

MDEM 205 - MEDIEVAL MEDITERRANEAN WORLD

Long Title: MEDIEVAL MEDITERRANEAN WORLD
Department: Medieval/Early Modern Studies
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Lecture
Distribution Group: Distribution Group I
Credit Hours: 3
Restrictions:
May not be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Description: Course examines the political, institutional, military, and cultural development of the societies that successively dominated the "Middle Sea" from AD 500-1500 in Europe and the Islamic World. It highlights the Mediterranean legacy of commercial, cultural, and religious exchange and coexistence, as well as its history of confrontation and warfare. Cross-list: HIST 205.
 

MDEM 211 - INTERMEDIATE LATIN I: PROSE

Long Title: INTERMEDIATE LATIN I: PROSE
Department: Medieval/Early Modern Studies
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Lecture
Distribution Group: Distribution Group I
Credit Hours: 3
Restrictions:
May not be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Description: Review of grammar and readings in Latin prose. Cross-list: LATI 201.
 

MDEM 212 - INTERMEDIATE LATIN II

Long Title: INTERMEDIATE LATIN II
Department: Medieval/Early Modern Studies
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Lecture
Distribution Group: Distribution Group I
Credit Hours: 3
Restrictions:
May not be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Prerequisite(s): LATI 201 OR MDST 211 OR MDEM 211
Description: Readings in Virgil. Cross-list: LATI 202.
 

MDEM 222 - MEDIEVAL AND RENAISSANCE ERAS

Long Title: MEDIEVAL AND RENAISSANCE ERAS
Department: Medieval/Early Modern Studies
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Lecture
Distribution Group: Distribution Group I
Credit Hours: 3
Restrictions:
May not be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Prerequisite(s): MUSI 211 OR MUSI 317
Description: Introduction to the study of Western music history, with emphasis on music before 1600. Score reading ability required. Cross-list: MUSI 222.
 

MDEM 271 - MEDIEVAL POPULAR CHRISTIANITY

Long Title: MEDIEVAL POPULAR CHRISTIANITY
Department: Medieval/Early Modern Studies
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Lecture
Distribution Group: Distribution Group I
Credit Hours: 3
Restrictions:
May not be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Description: For much of the Middle Ages, literacy was a luxury that ordinary people could not afford. How could peasants participate in Christian traditions? Course surveys devotional practices engaged by the laity, including penance, pilgrimage, plays, charms and spells, as well as traditions of lay interaction with dead saints and ghosts. Cross-list: RELI 271.
 

MDEM 281 - PREMODERN MIDDLE EAST HISTORY

Long Title: THE MIDDLE EAST FROM THE PROPHET MUHAMMAD TO SULAYMAN THE MAGNIFICENT
Department: Medieval/Early Modern Studies
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Lecture
Distribution Group: Distribution Group I
Credit Hours: 3
Restrictions:
May not be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Description: Introduction to the Middle East from the rise of Islam to the middle of the 16th century. Topics include conquests and classical Islamic states, Arabization, Jewish and Christian communities, impact of Turkic peoples, and the Ottoman Empire, with emphasis on social, cultural, political, and religious trends that shaped the region's history. Cross-list: HIST 281.
 

MDEM 301 - ANCIENT & MEDIEVAL PHILOSOPHY

Long Title: ANCIENT AND MEDIEVAL PHILOSOPHY
Department: Medieval/Early Modern Studies
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Seminar
Distribution Group: Distribution Group I
Credit Hours: 3
Restrictions:
May not be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Description: Topics in the history of philosophy from the 4th century B.C. through the 14th century. Graduate students require permission of instructor. Credit may not be received for both MDEM 301 and MDEM 481. Cross-list: CLAS 301, PHIL 301. Mutually Exclusive: Credit cannot be earned for MDEM 301 and MDEM 481. Repeatable for Credit.
 

MDEM 305 - PAIN, ECSTASY AND EMBODIMENT

Long Title: PAIN, ECSTASY AND EMBODIMENT IN RELIGIOUS EXPERIENCE
Department: Medieval/Early Modern Studies
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Lecture
Credit Hours: 3
Restrictions:
May not be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Description: From exorcism to other worldly visions, we experience religion as embodied human beings. This course explores embodied religion by focusing on connections between pain and transcendence, looking at medieval Christianity as well as contemporary and cross-cultural examples. Cross-list: RELI 305.
 

MDEM 308 - THE WORLD OF LATE ANTIQUITY

Long Title: THE WORLD OF LATE ANTIQUITY
Department: Medieval/Early Modern Studies
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Lecture
Credit Hours: 3
Restrictions:
May not be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Description: Study of the social, religious, and political history of the Roman world from Diocletian to the rise of Islam, with emphasis on the breaking of the unity of the Mediterranean world and the emergence of early medieval societies in the east and west. Cross-list: HIST 308.
 

MDEM 311 - AFRICAN PREHISTORY

Long Title: AFRICAN PREHISTORY
Department: Medieval/Early Modern Studies
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Lecture
Credit Hours: 3
Restrictions:
May not be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Description: Thematic coverage of developments throughout the continent from the Lower Paleolithic to medieval times, with emphasis on food production, metallurgy and the rise of cities and complex societies. Cross-list: ANTH 312.
 

MDEM 312 - TOPICS IN OLD ENGLISH

Long Title: TOPICS IN OLD ENGLISH
Department: Medieval/Early Modern Studies
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Lecture
Credit Hours: 3
Restrictions:
May not be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Description: A various topics course that includes a wide range of reading of poems, prose, materials from chronicle, myth, and legend. Topics will vary from semester to semester. Cross-list: ENGL 312. Repeatable for Credit.
Course URL: http://www.english.rice.edu
 

MDEM 313 - BEOWULF FOR THE 21ST CENTURY

Long Title: BEOWULF FOR THE 21ST CENTURY
Department: Medieval/Early Modern Studies
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Lecture
Credit Hours: 3
Restrictions:
May not be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Description: A close reading of Beowulf with attention to Anglo-Saxon culture and Old English poetics. Cross-list: ENGL 313.
Course URL: http://www.english.rice.edu
 

MDEM 314 - DIVINE SEX

Long Title: DIVINE SEX: GENDER AND DIVINITY IN THE MIDDLE AGES
Department: Medieval/Early Modern Studies
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Seminar
Credit Hours: 3
Restrictions:
May not be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Description: This course will examine key medieval works, with special attention to women's writing, focusing on gender construction in mysticism and theology. Primary readings will include works by Hildegard of BinGen, Birgtta of Sweden, Margery Kempe, and others. Cross-list: RELI 314, SWGS 314.
 

MDEM 315 - MEDIEVAL CULTURES THROUGH FILM

Long Title: MEDIEVAL CULTURES THROUGH FILM
Department: Medieval/Early Modern Studies
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Lecture
Distribution Group: Distribution Group I
Credit Hours: 4
Restrictions:
May not be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Description: An interdisciplinary course exploring the literature, art, philosophy, history, music, and science of the Middle Ages, with films by Pasolini, Bergman, Dreyer, Einstein, Annaud, Vigne, and others, and highlighted by a medieval banquet. Cross-list: ENGL 315.
 

MDEM 316 - CHAUCER

Long Title: CHAUCER
Department: Medieval/Early Modern Studies
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Lecture
Distribution Group: Distribution Group I
Credit Hours: 3
Restrictions:
May not be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Description: An introduction to Geoffrey Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales, Middle English, and the political and cultural climate of the fourteenth century. Cross-list: ENGL 316, SWGS 305.
 

MDEM 317 - ARTHURIAN LITERATURE

Long Title: ARTHURIAN LITERATURE
Department: Medieval/Early Modern Studies
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Lecture
Distribution Group: Distribution Group I
Credit Hours: 3
Restrictions:
May not be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Description: A survey of the origins and development of the Arthurian legend from the earliest chronicles in the sixth century and later medieval French, Welsh, Irish, and English Arthurian poems to modern adaptations of Arthurian material, including films. Cross-list: ENGL 317, SWGS 301.
 

MDEM 319 - MEDIEVAL ROMANCE

Long Title: MEDIEVAL ROMANCE
Department: Medieval/Early Modern Studies
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Lecture
Credit Hours: 3
Restrictions:
May not be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Description: A course that examines the development of romance as a genre during the medieval period. Cross-list: ENGL 314.
 

MDEM 320 - DIRECTED READING MEDIEVAL STDY

Long Title: DIRECTED READING IN MEDIEVAL STUDIES
Department: Medieval/Early Modern Studies
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Independent Study
Credit Hours: 1 TO 3
Restrictions:
May not be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Description: Student works one-on-one with an individual faculty member on a topic directly related to Medieval Studies. Instructor Permission Required.
 

MDEM 324 - COEXISTENCE IN MEDIEVAL SPAIN

Long Title: COEXISTENCE IN MEDIEVAL SPAIN
Department: Medieval/Early Modern Studies
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Lecture
Distribution Group: Distribution Group I
Credit Hours: 3
Restrictions:
May not be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Description: Course explores the history of the Iberian Peninsula from late Antiquity to the early 16th century, focusing on coexistence and conflict between medieval Spain's three religious communities - Christians, Jews, and Muslims. Cross-list: HIST 324.
 

MDEM 327 - MEDIEVAL BORDERLANDS

Long Title: EUROPEAN FRONTIER SOCIETIES
Department: Medieval/Early Modern Studies
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Lecture
Distribution Group: Distribution Group I
Credit Hours: 3
Restrictions:
May not be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Description: Courses examines the military, political, social and cultural developments on the European frontiers between 500-1500 AD. Topics include colonization and conquest, crusades and Spanish Reconquista, piracy, slavery, encounters with native peoples, spread of Christianity, medieval colonial regimes, map-making and cultural exchanges. Cross-list: HIST 327.
 

MDEM 330 - EARLY MEDIEVAL ART

Long Title: EARLY MEDIEVAL ART
Department: Medieval/Early Modern Studies
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Lecture
Distribution Group: Distribution Group I
Credit Hours: 3
Restrictions:
May not be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Description: Early Medieval Art from the 5th Century to the Romanesque period. This course begins with a study of the art and architecture of the Ostrogoths, Visigoths, Lombards, Celts, Anglo-Saxons, Franks, and Merovingians, and the transformation of the Roman World through new Germanic, Barbarian, and Christian forces. The second part of the course considers the cultural Renaissance of the Carolingian and Ottonian Periods under rulers such as Charlemagne and Otto III. The last third of the course focuses on themes of pilgrimage, relics, crusades and the emergence of new monumental tradition in art and architecture during the Romanesque Period. Cross-list: HART 330.
 

MDEM 331 - GOTHIC ART

Long Title: GOTHIC ART
Department: Medieval/Early Modern Studies
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Lecture
Distribution Group: Distribution Group I
Credit Hours: 3
Restrictions:
May not be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Description: Examination of the full array of sacred art and architecture produced in the early and high gothic periods in northern Europe. Includes cathedral architecture, sculpture, stained glass, manuscripts, and metalwork studies in relationship to the expansion of royal and Episcopal power. Cross-list: HART 331.
 

MDEM 332 - ART OF THE COURTS

Long Title: ART OF THE COURTS
Department: Medieval/Early Modern Studies
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Lecture
Distribution Group: Distribution Group I
Credit Hours: 3
Restrictions:
May not be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Description: Examination of art and architecture produced in the late gothic period within three distinct settings-the court, the city, and the church. Includes private, public, and religious life as expressed in the objects, architecture, and decoration of the castle and palace, the house, city hall and hospital, and the chapel and parish church. Cross-list: HART 332.
 

MDEM 340 - NORTHERN RENAISSANCE ART

Long Title: NORTHERN RENAISSANCE ART
Department: Medieval/Early Modern Studies
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Lecture
Distribution Group: Distribution Group I
Credit Hours: 3
Restrictions:
May not be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Description: Study of art in northern Europe from Jan van Eyck to Peter Bruegel. Cross-list: HART 340.
 

MDEM 343 - MASTERS OF THE BAROQUE ERA

Long Title: MASTERS OF THE BAROQUE ERA
Department: Medieval/Early Modern Studies
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Lecture
Distribution Group: Distribution Group I
Credit Hours: 3
Restrictions:
May not be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Description: Study of the works of the greatest painters and sculptors in Europe during the Baroque period. Includes Rembrandt, Rubens, Caravaggio, Poussin, Claude, and Velazquez. Cross-list: HART 343.
 

MDEM 345 - RENAISSANCE EUROPE

Long Title: RENAISSANCE EUROPE
Department: Medieval/Early Modern Studies
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Lecture
Credit Hours: 3
Restrictions:
May not be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Description: How did the recovery of ancient texts shape the discovery of new worlds and perhaps the destruction of the old? This course explores major developments in western Europe from the rise of Italian humanism in the fourteenth century to the imperial expansion and devastating conflicts of the 1500s and 1600s. Cross-list: HIST 345.
 

MDEM 350 - DEMONS/MENTAL ILLNESS/MEDICINE

Long Title: DEMONS, MENTAL ILLNESS AND MEDICINE
Department: Medieval/Early Modern Studies
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Lecture
Credit Hours: 3
Restrictions:
May not be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Description: Treats complex connections between religious beliefs/practices and formulation of human psychology in western tradition, through a historical reckoning with demonology. Consider the way demons are represented -- from semi-corporeal beings to marks of mental illness -- by looking at texts from the ancient world to modern psychiatry. Cross-list: RELI 350.
 

MDEM 352 - MEDIEVAL SCIENCE AND MEDICINE

Long Title: SCIENCE AND MEDICINE IN MEDIEVAL VISUAL CULTURE
Department: Medieval/Early Modern Studies
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Lecture
Credit Hours: 3
Restrictions:
May not be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Description: This course focuses on the diverse and often unexpected forms of medieval representation that intersect with science, medicine, and natural history: maps, diagrams, images from health and surgery guides, encyclopedic compendia of animals and plants, astrolabes. Optics and theories of vision, and the ideals of naturalism and perspective, will be examined alongside issues such as function, cultural exchange, and intellectual authority. Cross-list: HART 350.
 

MDEM 357 - JEWS & CHRISTIANS-MEDIEVAL EUR

Long Title: JEWS AND CHRISTIANS IN MEDIEVAL EUROPE
Department: Medieval/Early Modern Studies
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Lecture
Distribution Group: Distribution Group I
Credit Hours: 3
Restrictions:
May not be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Description: Course will focus on Jewish-Christian coexistence in medieval Europe. Will examine the Jews' legal status in Christendom, their communal life, economic activities, intellectual achievements, while also focusing on the complex dynamics of Jewish-Christian interaction, and the shifting patterns of persecution and acceptance. Cross-list: HIST 357.
 

MDEM 363 - CAPITALISM & ART, 1300-1700

Long Title: THE RISE OF CAPITALISM AND LATE MEDIEVAL AND EARLY MODERN ART
Department: Medieval/Early Modern Studies
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Lecture
Distribution Group: Distribution Group I
Credit Hours: 3
Restrictions:
May not be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Description: This course will explore how the rise of capitalism affected late medieval and early modern art. It will explore depictions of avarice, charity, and poverty; representations of shopping; how the rise of the art market affected art production; images of different socio-economic lasses, and the material culture of money. Cross-list: HART 364.
 

MDEM 364 - CENTRAL ASIAN CONQUEST EMPIRES

Long Title: CENTRAL ASIAN CONQUEST EMPIRES
Department: Medieval/Early Modern Studies
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Lecture
Credit Hours: 3
Restrictions:
May not be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Description: Course examines the rise of Chingis Khan and Mongol Steppe society (religion, role of women, cultural exchange, strategies of violence, imperial ideologies) as well as successor empires: Yuan, Golden Horde, IIkhanid and eventually that ruled by Timur/Taerlane, who reproduced Mongol imperial power in Central Asia and India. Cross-list: HIST 364.
 

MDEM 369 - MEDIEVAL FRONTIERS

Long Title: MEDIEVAL FRONTIERS
Department: Medieval/Early Modern Studies
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Lecture
Credit Hours: 3
Restrictions:
May not be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Description: Course focuses on multiple frontiers within medieval Western Eurasia. It not only explores the confrontations between societies, but also emphasizes the transformative nature of these cross-cultural contacts. Cross-list: HIST 368.
 

MDEM 370 - INTRO TO TRAD CHINESE POETRY

Long Title: INTRODUCTION TO TRADITIONAL CHINESE POETRY
Department: Medieval/Early Modern Studies
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Lecture
Credit Hours: 3
Restrictions:
May not be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Description: This course seeks to decode enchanting features of traditional Chinese poetry through examining the transformation of poetic genres, the interaction between poetic creation and political, social and cultural changes, and the close association of poetry with art. Thus, this course also serves to understand Chinese culture and history through poetic perspectives. All readings in English translation. Cross-list: ASIA 330, CHIN 330.
 

MDEM 373 - CHINESE ART AND VISUAL CULTURE

Long Title: CHINESE ART AND VISUAL CULTURE
Department: Medieval/Early Modern Studies
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Lecture
Distribution Group: Distribution Group I
Credit Hours: 3
Restrictions:
May not be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Description: In this course, we will study how various artistic styles developed in historical, social, and cultural contexts from the ancient period to the present day. Through the careful examination of architecture, calligraphy, painting, sculpture, ceramics, bronze, and film, students will gain a deeper understanding of Chinese art and visual culture. Cross-list: ASIA 372, HART 372.
 

MDEM 375 - CLASSICAL CHINESE NOVELS

Long Title: INTRODUCTION TO CLASSICAL CHINESE NOVELS
Department: Medieval/Early Modern Studies
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Lecture
Distribution Group: Distribution Group I
Credit Hours: 3
Restrictions:
May not be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Description: Examination of the basic characteristics of classical Chinese novels, primarily through six important works from the 16th to 18th centuries: Water Margin, Monkey, Golden Lotus, Scholars, Romance of the Three Kingdoms, and Dream of the Red Chamber. Cross-list: ASIA 335, CHIN 335.
 

MDEM 376 - MEDIEVAL VISUAL CULTURE

Long Title: EAST & WEST: MEDIEVAL VISUAL CULTURE IN CHINA AND NORTHERN EUROPE
Department: Medieval/Early Modern Studies
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Seminar
Distribution Group: Distribution Group I
Credit Hours: 3
Restrictions:
May not be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Description: This course explores a series of issues that are critically important for the medieval art of both China and northern Europe. Topics include materials and techniques; public and private art: commerce, technology and prints; art and motion; archaeology; paradise and hell; maps and space; the gaze; erotica; patronage; and multiculturalism. Cross-list: ASIA 376, HART 376.
 

MDEM 378 - THE AGE OF REMBRANDT

Long Title: THE AGE OF REMBRANDT
Department: Medieval/Early Modern Studies
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Lecture
Credit Hours: 3
Restrictions:
May not be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Description: This course will examine Dutch and Flemish seventeenth-century art, including major masters, such as Rembrandt, Rubens, and Vermeer, and major developments, such as the rise of still life, genre, and landscape painting. Cross-list: HART 378.
 

MDEM 379 - WOMEN IN CHINESE LITERATURE

Long Title: WOMEN IN CHINESE LITERATURE
Department: Medieval/Early Modern Studies
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Lecture
Credit Hours: 3
Restrictions:
May not be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Description: This course examines women's roles in Chinese Literature as writers, readers, and characters, focusing particularly on the tension between women's lived bodily experiences and the cultural experiences inscribed on the female body and how, in the process, women have contrarily gendered patriarchal culture into their own. It will also touch on Chinese women's incorporation of the Western Tradition. Cross-list: ASIA 399, SWGS 399.
 

MDEM 391 - THE REFORMATION & ITS RESULTS

Long Title: THE REFORMATION & ITS RESULTS
Department: Medieval/Early Modern Studies
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Lecture
Distribution Group: Distribution Group I
Credit Hours: 3
Restrictions:
May not be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Description: Theology and church-state issues from 16th-century Reformation to 17th-century; medieval background; Luther and Calvin, the Catholic Reformation; religious wars; Protestant orthodoxy; Pietist spirituality; Puritanism; and calls for toleration. Credit may not be received for both RELI 286 and RELI 391/MDEM 391. Cross-list: RELI 391. Mutually Exclusive: Credit cannot be earned for MDEM 391 and RELI 286.
 

MDEM 395 - CLASSICAL CHINESE NOVELS

Long Title: CLASSICAL CHINESE NOVELS
Department: Medieval/Early Modern Studies
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Lecture
Credit Hours: 3
Restrictions:
May not be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Description:
 

MDEM 398 - INDEPENDENT STUDY

Long Title: INDEPENDENT STUDY IN MEDIEVAL AND EARLY MODERN STUDIES
Department: Medieval/Early Modern Studies
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Independent Study
Credit Hours: 1 TO 3
Restrictions:
May not be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Description: Independent study reading, or special research in medieval and early modern studies. Repeatable for Credit.
 

MDEM 402 - MIDDLE HIGH GERMAN

Long Title: MIDDLE HIGH GERMAN
Department: Medieval/Early Modern Studies
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Lecture
Credit Hours: 3
Restrictions:
May not be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Description: An introduction to the phonology and morphology of Middle High German, such as will prepare students to read 'Tristan', 'Parzifal', and the 'Niebelungenlied', as well as the great lyric poets of that period. Emphasis will be on pronunciation and grammatical distinctions between Middle High and Modern High German as well as on the diverging semantic developments of the two vocabularies.
 

MDEM 404 - THE LANG AND LIT OF FRANCE

Long Title: BEGINNINGS OF THE LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE OF FRANCE
Department: Medieval/Early Modern Studies
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Seminar
Distribution Group: Distribution Group I
Credit Hours: 3
Restrictions:
May not be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Description: This course includes an external history of the French language, an examination of hagiographic literature and the chanson de geste in their cultural and artistic contexts, as well as bibliographic component to acquaint the students with library tools available for research emphasizing medieval resources but not excluding those for later periods. Students will acquire a reading knowledge of Old French. Course taught in French. Cross-list: FREN 404. Recommended Prerequisite(s): Completion of one 300-level course or permission of instructor
 

MDEM 411 - LIT & HIST IMAGE MED WOMAN

Long Title: THE LITERARY AND HISTORICAL IMAGE OF THE MEDIEVAL WOMAN
Department: Medieval/Early Modern Studies
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Lecture
Credit Hours: 3
Restrictions:
May not be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Prerequisite(s): FREN 311 OR FREN 312 or placement test or permission of instructor
Description: Comparison and contrast of the presentation of the medieval woman in literature with evidence of historical women from contemporary documents and records.
 

MDEM 412 - INTRO TO OLD ENGLISH LANGUAGE

Long Title: INTRODUCTION TO OLD ENGLISH LANGUAGE
Department: Medieval/Early Modern Studies
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Seminar
Credit Hours: 3
Restrictions:
May not be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Description: An introduction to the language, prose and shorter poems. Cross-list: ENGL 412.
 

MDEM 413 - BEOWULF IN OLD ENGLISH

Long Title: BEOWULF IN OLD ENGLISH
Department: Medieval/Early Modern Studies
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Seminar
Credit Hours: 3
Restrictions:
May not be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Prerequisite(s): ENGL 412 OR MDST 412 OR MDEM 412 or permission of instructor
Description: A course in the study of Beowulf in Old English. Cross-list: ENGL 413. Repeatable for Credit.
 

MDEM 425 - COURTLY LOVE MEDIEVAL FRANCE

Long Title: COURTLY LOVE IN MEDIEVAL FRANCE
Department: Medieval/Early Modern Studies
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Lecture
Distribution Group: Distribution Group I
Credit Hours: 3
Restrictions:
May not be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Prerequisite(s): FREN 311 OR FREN 312
Description: Undergraduate version of FREN 515. Study of the Occitan and Old French poetry that served as the source of the kind of love that came to be called "amour courtois" in the 19th century. Cross-list: FREN 415. Recommended Prerequisite(s): Completion of one 300-level course or permission of instructor.
 

MDEM 427 - TOPICS IN EARLY MUSIC

Long Title: TOPICS IN EARLY MUSIC
Department: Medieval/Early Modern Studies
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Lecture
Credit Hours: 3
Restrictions:
May not be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Description:
 

MDEM 429 - MUSIC OF THE MIDDLE AGES

Long Title: MUSIC OF THE MIDDLE AGES
Department: Medieval/Early Modern Studies
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Lecture
Credit Hours: 3
Restrictions:
May not be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Description: A study of the major musical styles and composers of western art music before 1400 and their historical, cultural, and sociological contexts. Cross-list: MUSI 429.
 

MDEM 431 - ARCH OF GOTHIC CATHEDRAL

Long Title: ARCHITECTURE OF THE GOTHIC CATHEDRAL FROM THE MIDDLE AGES TO THE TWENTIETH CENTURY
Department: Medieval/Early Modern Studies
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Seminar
Credit Hours: 3
Restrictions:
May not be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Description: This course will focus on one of the most important contributions to the history of western architecture-- the Gothic cathedral. The course will approach the material from a number of different perspectives--the formal and technical development of Gothic architecture; the Medieval architect and the design of Gothic buildings; the social, economic, and political history of "big church" building in the Middle Ages; Gothic architecture as experience and metaphor; and the afterlife of the Gothic cathedral from Vasari to the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. Cross-list: HART 431.
 

MDEM 433 - THE BAYEUX TAPESTRY

Long Title: THE BAYEUX TAPESTRY AND THE ANGLO-NORMAN WORLD
Department: Medieval/Early Modern Studies
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Seminar
Distribution Group: Distribution Group I
Credit Hours: 3
Restrictions:
May not be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Description: This course focuses on the most important secular work from the middle ages - a 230 foot long embroidery depicting the Battle of Hastings. This is a team-taught course that will examine both visual narrative of the tapestry and literary narrative in works such as the "Chanson de Roland," and the "Lais" and "Fables of Marie de France." Cross-list: FREN 433, HART 433.
 

MDEM 434 - SEEING SEX IN EUROPEAN ART

Long Title: SEEING SEX IN EUROPEAN ART, 1400-1700
Department: Medieval/Early Modern Studies
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Lecture
Distribution Group: Distribution Group I
Credit Hours: 3
Restrictions:
May not be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Description: This course will examine the visual history of sexuality from 1400-1700. It will explore how imagery structured sexual desire; the role of erotic sacred art; the rise of pornography; the intersection of spatial topography and sexuality; the linkage of licit and illicit sexualities; and the sexuality of artist and patrons. Cross-list: HART 434, SWGS 434.
 

MDEM 435 - MULTICULTURAL EUROPE,1400-1700

Long Title: MULTICULTURAL EUROPE, 1400-1700
Department: Medieval/Early Modern Studies
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Seminar
Credit Hours: 3
Restrictions:
May not be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Description: The art of Europe was never the product of a single culture working in isolation. This seminar will explore the multicultural aspects of medieval and early modern Europe by focusing on the visual culture of groups who defined themselves or are today defined by nationality, race, or religion. Cross-list: HART 435, HIST 443.
 

MDEM 436 - LIT & CULTURE OF MIDDLE AGES

Long Title: LITERATURE AND CULTURE OF THE MIDDLE AGES: KING ARTHUR
Department: Medieval/Early Modern Studies
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Lecture
Distribution Group: Distribution Group I
Credit Hours: 3
Restrictions:
May not be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Prerequisite(s): FREN 311 OR FREN 312
Description: Examination of the origins of the legend of King Arthur and reasons for its popularity, particularly in literature of the French Middle Ages but also in other medieval literatures of Western Europe. Includes discussion of the legend's influence in diverse areas even in modern times. Cross-list: FREN 416. Recommended Prerequisite(s): Completion of one 300-level course or permission of instructor
 

MDEM 437 - MEDIEVAL PILGRIMAGE

Long Title: VISUAL CULTURE OF MEDIEVAL PILGRIMAGE
Department: Medieval/Early Modern Studies
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Seminar
Distribution Group: Distribution Group I
Credit Hours: 3 TO 4
Restrictions:
May not be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Description: This seminar explores the rich visual culture associated with medieval pilgrimage between the 4th and 15th centuries. The experience of pilgrimage was shaped by symbols, images, and places encountered along the routes to sites of sacred significance, especially the Jerusalem, Rome, Santiago, and Canterbury. We will examine the theological, practical, visual, and experiential aspects of pilgrimage in Western Europe and the Holy Land as understood through material culture. Instructor Permission Required.Cross-list: FREN 437, HART 437.
 

MDEM 456 - COLLEGIUM MUSICUM

Long Title: COLLEGIUM MUSICUM
Department: Medieval/Early Modern Studies
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Studio
Credit Hours: 2
Restrictions:
May not be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Description: Performance of music up to the early 17th century. Does not count as chamber music. Instructor permission required. Repeatable for credit. Instructor Permission Required.Cross-list: MUSI 436. Repeatable for Credit.
 

MDEM 462 - ENGLISH SPIRITUALITY

Long Title: ENGLISH SPIRITUALITY AFTER HENRY VIII: PROTESTANT, CATHOLIC, OR ANGLICAN?
Department: Medieval/Early Modern Studies
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Seminar
Credit Hours: 3
Restrictions:
May not be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Description: Reformation's aftermath explored through key topics, texts in spiritual practice, e.g.: ecclesiastical discipline; secularization; stylized and free-form intersections of English time with Christian eternity; King James Bible; Book of Common Prayer; "saintly revolution;" Thomas Cranmer; William Laud; William Shakespeare; Lancelot Andrewes; John Donne; J.H. Newman; hymnody; C.S. Lewis; T.S. Eliot. Cross-list: RELI 462.
 

MDEM 478 - MEDIEVAL STUDIES

Long Title: MEDIEVAL STUDIES
Department: Medieval/Early Modern Studies
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Seminar
Credit Hours: 3
Restrictions:
May not be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Description: Special Topics in medieval Europe comparative literature. Repeatable for Credit.
 

MDEM 481 - ANCIENT & MEDIEVAL PHILOSOPHY

Long Title: ANCIENT AND MEDIEVAL PHILOSOPHY
Department: Medieval/Early Modern Studies
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Seminar
Credit Hours: 3
Restrictions:
May not be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Description: Topics in the history of philosophy from the 4th century B.C. through the 14th century. Credit may not be received for both MDST 301 and MDST 481. Mutually Exclusive: Credit cannot be earned for MDEM 481 and CLAS 301/MDEM 301/MDST 301/PHIL 301.