Medieval Studies

Medieval Cultures offers two distinct areas of historical focus: the Medieval and the Late Antique. The former focuses on the sixth through the fifteenth centuries, combining interdisciplinary perspectives with in-depth study of one or two related disciplines. Late Antique Cultures deals with the third through the ninth centuries, when ancient cultural forms were still in place but medieval cultures were beginning to take shape simultaneously. The first undergraduate degree of its kind in this country, Late Antique Cultures facilitates the study of human activity in all of its variety. A traditional area of study in Medieval Cultures is Western Europe, but students are encouraged to work in other cultural areas such as Byzantine, Islamic, Judaic and Slavic. The concentration serves students interested in the changing relation of cultural practices, social patterns, political and economic forms, and artistic and literary traditions in this important transitional period.

For additional information, please visit the department's website: http://www.brown.edu/Departments/Medieval_Studies/

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MDVL 0015. Sacred Stories (RELS 0015).

Interested students must register for RELS 0015.

Fall MDVL0015 S01 17128 Arranged 'To Be Arranged'
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MDVL 0025. Wealth: Religious Approaches (RELS 0025).

Interested students must register for RELS 0025.

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MDVL 0041. The Architectures of Islam (HIAA 0041).

Interested students must register for HIAA 0041.

Fall MDVL0041 S01 17127 Arranged 'To Be Arranged'
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MDVL 0100D. Matters of Romance (ENGL 0100D).

Interested students must register for ENGL 0100D.

Spr MDVL0100D S01 25668 Arranged 'To Be Arranged'
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MDVL 0110. Christianity (RELS 0110).

Interested students must register for RELS 0110.

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MDVL 0150. Islam: An Introduction (RELS 0150).

Interested students must register for RELS 0150.

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MDVL 0150B. The Philosopher’s Stone: Alchemy From Antiquity to Harry Potter (HIST 0150B).

Interested students must register for HIST 0150B.

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MDVL 0150C. The Medieval King Arthur (ENGL 0150C).

Interested students must register for ENGL 0150C.

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MDVL 0290D. Women, Sex and Gender in Islam (RELS 0290D).

Interested students must register for RELS 0290D.

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MDVL 0300F. Beowulf to Aphra Behn: The Earliest British Literatures (ENGL 0300F).

Interested students must register for ENGL 0300F.

Fall MDVL0300F S01 16826 Arranged 'To Be Arranged'
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MDVL 0310F. Prose Sagas of the Medieval North (ENGL 0310F).

Interested students must register for ENGL 0310F.

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MDVL 0310G. Gender and Genre in Medieval Celtic Literatures (ENGL 0310G).

Interested students must register for ENGL 0310G.

Fall MDVL0310G S01 17110 Arranged 'To Be Arranged'
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MDVL 0321. Toward a Global Late Antiquity: 200-800 CE (HIAA 0321).

Interested students must register for HIAA 0321.

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MDVL 0360. Cities: Medieval Perspectives.

What was a medieval city? Medieval imaginations were inspired by great cities like Cairo, Cordoba, Damascus, Jerusalem, Mecca, Paris, Rome, Samarra, and Toledo. New cities like Bruges arose out of commerce, learning, arts, and migrations. Some medieval societies built around city states, whereas others eschewed the urban for alternate social formations. In this course, faculty will focus on medieval cities from diverse disciplinary perspectives.

Spr MDVL0360 S01 24056 TTh 2:30-3:50(11) (M. Vaquero)
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MDVL 0410. Christianity in Late Antiquity (RELS 0410).

Interested students must register for RELS 0410.

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MDVL 0460. Muslims, Jews and Christians in Medieval Iberia (HIAA 0460).

Interested students must register for HIAA 0460.

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MDVL 0510K. The 1001 Nights (COLT 0510K).

Interested students must register for COLT 0510K.

Fall MDVL0510K S01 17177 Arranged 'To Be Arranged'
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MDVL 0521A. Christianity in Conflict in the Medieval Mediterranean (HIST 0521A).

Interested students must register for HIST 0521A.

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MDVL 0620. Muslims, Jews, and Christians in Medieval Iberia.

The cultural diversity of medieval Spain and Portugal is proclaimed by their Christian cathedrals, Islamic palaces, and Jewish synagogues. The three distinct cultures that produced these buildings lived together for centuries in medieval Iberia, sometimes in peace, sometimes not. This convivencia of Jews, Muslims, and Christians will be examined from the perspectives of literature, art, architecture, archaeology and history.

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MDVL 0640. Dying to Be With God: Jihad, Past and Present (RELS 0640).

Interested students must register for RELS 0640.

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MDVL 0660. The World of Byzantium (CLAS 0660).

Interested students must register for CLAS 0660.

Fall MDVL0660 S01 16192 Arranged 'To Be Arranged'
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MDVL 0681. Great Jewish Books (JUDS 0681).

Interested students must register for JUDS 0681.

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MDVL 0683. Jews and Money (JUDS 0683).

Interested students must register for JUDS 0683.

Fall MDVL0683 S01 17424 Arranged 'To Be Arranged'
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MDVL 0710D. History of the Spanish Language (HISP 0710D).

Interested students must register for HISP 0710D.

Fall MDVL0710D S01 17136 Arranged 'To Be Arranged'
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MDVL 0812H. Literary Bestsellers of the Islamic World (COLT 0812H).

Interested students must register for COLT 0812H.

Fall MDVL0812H S01 17178 Arranged 'To Be Arranged'
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MDVL 1020. Living Together: Muslims, Christians, and Jews in Medieval Iberia (HIST 1020).

Interested students must register for HIST 1020.

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MDVL 1030. The Long Fall of the Roman Empire (HIST 1030).

Interested students must register for HIST 1030.

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MDVL 1100C. Medieval Arabic Philosophy (PHIL 1100C).

Interested students must register for PHIL 1100C.

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MDVL 1100E. Greek Literature in Italy and by Italians (GREK 1100E).

Interested students must register for GREK 1100E.

Spr MDVL1100E S01 25191 Arranged 'To Be Arranged'
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MDVL 1110F. Fortunatus (LATN 1110F).

Interested students must register for LATN 1110F.

Spr MDVL1110F S01 25024 Arranged 'To Be Arranged'
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MDVL 1110G. En Marge: Exilés et Hors-la-Loi au Moyen Age (FREN 1110G).

Interested students must register for FREN 1110G.

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MDVL 1110H. Literature at the Court of Charlemagne (LATN 1110H).

Interested students must register for LATN 1110H.

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MDVL 1110Q. Greek Erotic Literature: From Plato to the Medieval Romances (GREK 1110Q).

Interested students must register for GREK 1110Q.

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MDVL 1110T. Rhetors and Philosophers: Intellectual Thought and Sophistic Style in the Ancient World (GREK 1110T).

Interested students must register for GREK 1110T.

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MDVL 1111F. Fiction and Truth in Greek Story-telling (GREK 1100F).

Interested students must register for GREK 1100F.

Fall MDVL1111F S01 16333 Arranged 'To Be Arranged'
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MDVL 1120C. Survey of Late and Medieval Latin (LATN 1120C).

Interested students must register for LATN 1120C.

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MDVL 1120D. Alcuin (LATN 1120D).

Interested students must register for LATN 1120D.

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MDVL 1120G. The Idea of Self (CLAS 1120G).

Interested students must register for CLAS 1120G.

Fall MDVL1120G S01 16191 Arranged 'To Be Arranged'
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MDVL 1120V. The Age of Constantine: The Roman Empire in Transition (CLAS 1120V).

Interested students must register for CLAS 1120V.

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MDVL 1205. The Long Fall of the Roman Empire (HIST 1205).

Interested students must register for HIST 1205.

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MDVL 1210C. History of the Spanish Language (HISP 1210C).

Interested students must register for HISP 1210C.

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MDVL 1211. Crusaders and Cathedrals: Europe in the High Middle Ages (HIST 1211).

Interested students must register for HIST 1211.

Spr MDVL1211 S01 25869 Arranged 'To Be Arranged'
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MDVL 1260D. Living Together: Muslims, Christians, and Jews in Medieval Iberia (HIST 1260D).

Interested students must register for HIST 1260D.

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MDVL 1300. Ancient Christianity and the Sensing Body (RELS 1300).

Interested students must register for RELS 1300.

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MDVL 1310T. Chaucer (ENGL 1310T).

Interested students must register for ENGL 1310T.

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MDVL 1310V. Chaucer: The Canterbury Tales (ENGL 1310V).

Interested students must register for ENGL 1310V.

Fall MDVL1310V S01 16840 Arranged 'To Be Arranged'
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MDVL 1311H. Sagas Without Borders: Multilingual Literatures of Early England (ENGL 1311H).

Interested students must register for ENGL 1311H.

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MDVL 1311L. From Mead-Hall to Mordor: The Celtic and Germanic Roots of Tolkien’s Fiction (ENGL 1311L).

Interested students must register for ENGL 1311L.

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MDVL 1325C. The Virgin Mary in Christian Tradition (RELS 1325C).

Interested students must register for RELS 1325C.

Fall MDVL1325C S01 17129 Arranged 'To Be Arranged'
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MDVL 1360F. Quest, Vision, Diaspora: Medieval Journey Narratives (ENGL 1360F).

Interested students must register for ENGL 1360F.

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MDVL 1360H. Introduction to the Old English Language (ENGL 1360H).

Interested students must register for ENGL 1360H.

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MDVL 1360J. Middle English Literature (ENGL 1360J).

Interested students must register for ENGL 1360J.

Spr MDVL1360J S01 25669 Arranged 'To Be Arranged'
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MDVL 1360U. Europe in the Vernacular (ENGL 1360U).

Interested students must register for ENGL 1360U.

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MDVL 1361D. Women’s Voices in Medieval Literature (ENGL 1361D).

Interested students must register for ENGL 1361D.

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MDVL 1361J. Seminar in Old Norse-Icelandic Language and Literature (ENGL 1361J).

Interested students must register for ENGL 1361J.

Fall MDVL1361J S01 17111 Arranged 'To Be Arranged'
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MDVL 1440B. The Medieval Monastery (HIAA 1440B).

Interested students must register for HIAA 1440B.

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MDVL 1520. Pilgrimage and Sacred Travel in the Lands of Islam (RELS 1520).

Interested students must register for RELS 1520.

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MDVL 1530. Methods and Approaches to Islamic Studies (RELS 1530).

Interested students must register for RELS 1530.

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MDVL 1530D. Islamic Sectarianism (RELS 1530D).

Interested students must register for RELS 1530D.

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MDVL 1630. The Talmud (JUDS 1630).

Interested students must register for JUDS 1630.

Fall MDVL1630 S01 17423 Arranged 'To Be Arranged'
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MDVL 1744. Difficult Relations? Judaism and Christianity from the Middle Ages until the Present (JUDS 1744).

Interested students must register for JUDS 1744.

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MDVL 1750L. Erotic Desire in the Premodern Mediterranean (CLAS 1750L).

Interested students must register for CLAS 1750L.

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MDVL 1813P. Captive Imaginations: Writing Prison in the Middle Ages (COLT 1813P).

Interested students must register for COLT 1813P.

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MDVL 1900Y. Medieval Manuscript Studies: Paleography, Codicology, and Interpretation (ENGL 1900Y).

Interested students must register for ENGL 1900Y.

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MDVL 1963L. Barbarians, Byzantines, and Berbers: Early Medieval North Africa, AD 300-1050 (HIST 1963L).

Interested students must register for HIST 1963L.

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MDVL 1963Q. Sex, Power, and God: A Medieval Perspective (HIST 1963Q).

Interested students must register for HIST 1963Q.

Spr MDVL1963Q S01 25868 Arranged 'To Be Arranged'
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MDVL 1970. Independent Study.

Tutorial instruction on an approved topic in Late Antique and/or Medieval cultures, supervised by a member of staff. Section numbers vary by instructor. Please check Banner for the correct section number and CRN to use when registering for this course. May be repeated once for credit.

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MDVL 1972H. Sex, Power, and God: A Medieval Perspective (HIST 1972H).

Interested students must register for HIST 1972H.

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MDVL 1976R. Early Modern Globalization: Jewish Economic Activity, 1500-1800 (HIST 1976R).

Interested students must register for HIST 1976R.

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MDVL 1990. Honors Thesis.

Independent research and writing on a topic of special interest to the student, under the direction of a faculty member. Required of candidates for honors. Permission should be obtained from the Director of the Program in Medieval Studies.

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MDVL 2030D. Fifteenth-Century Sentimental Romances and Celestina (HISP 2030D).

Interested students must register for HISP 2030D.

Spr MDVL2030D S01 25854 Arranged 'To Be Arranged'
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MDVL 2040D. Arts du récit, 1100-1400 (FREN 2040D).

Interested students must register for FREN 2040D.

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MDVL 2080H. Seminar: The Sixth Century (LATN 2080H).

Interested students must register for LATN 2080H.

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MDVL 2110F. Greek Palaeography and Premodern Book Cultures (GREK 2110F).

Interested students must register for GREK 2110F.

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MDVL 2360Q. Manuscript, Image, and the Middle English Text (ENGL 2360Q).

Interested students must register for ENGL 2360Q.

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MDVL 2970A. New Perspectives on Medieval History (HIST 2970A).

Interested students must register for HIST 2970A.

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MDVL 2971I. New Perspectives on Medieval History (HIST 2971I).

Interested students must register for HIST 2971I.

Fall MDVL2971I S01 17176 Arranged 'To Be Arranged'

Director

Mercedes Vaquero

Professor

Mercedes Vaquero
Professor of Hispanic Studies

Medieval Cultures

Medieval Cultures offers two distinct areas of historical focus: the Medieval and the Late Antique. The former focuses on the sixth through the fifteenth centuries, combining interdisciplinary perspectives with in-depth study of one or two related disciplines. Late Antique Cultures deals with the third through the ninth centuries, when ancient cultural forms were still in place but medieval cultures were beginning to take shape simultaneously. The first undergraduate degree of its kind in this country, Late Antique Cultures facilitates the study of human activity in all of its variety. A traditional area of study in Medieval Cultures is Western Europe, but students are encouraged to work in other cultural areas such as Byzantine, Islamic, Judaic and Slavic. The concentration serves students interested in the changing relation of cultural practices, social patterns, political and economic forms, and artistic and literary traditions in this important transitional period.

Medieval Cultures Track

 It is recommended that prospective concentrators take the introductory course, Medieval Perspectives, during their freshman or sophomore year.

Requirements

Ten courses approved by the Program in Medieval Studies, including two courses in medieval history and one 1000- or 2000-level course that uses primary texts in a medieval language other than Middle English. Interested students are invited to discuss their plans with an appropriate faculty member of the Program. A concentration proposal should be prepared in consultation with the faculty advisor and submitted to the Program Chair for approval.

Under the supervision of the director of the program, students may choose courses from the following:
The World of Byzantium
The Idea of Self
The Age of Constantine: The Roman Empire in Transition
Erotic Desire in the Premodern Mediterranean
The 1001 Nights
Captive Imaginations: Writing Prison in the Middle Ages
Matters of Romance
The Medieval King Arthur
Beowulf to Aphra Behn: The Earliest British Literatures
Prose Sagas of the Medieval North
Chaucer
Chaucer: The Canterbury Tales
History of the English Language
Sagas Without Borders: Multilingual Literatures of Early England
From Mead-Hall to Mordor: The Celtic and Germanic Roots of Tolkien’s Fiction
Quest, Vision, Diaspora: Medieval Journey Narratives
Introduction to the Old English Language
Middle English Literature
Europe in the Vernacular
Women's Voices in Medieval Literature
Medieval Manuscript Studies: Paleography, Codicology, and Interpretation
Manuscript, Image, and the Middle English Text
En Marge: Exilés et Hors-la-Loi au Moyen Age
Arts du récit, 1100-1400
Greek Literature in Italy and by Italians
Greek Erotic Literature: From Plato to the Medieval Romances
Rhetors and Philosophers: Intellectual Thought and Sophistic Style in the Ancient World
Fiction and Truth in Greek Story-telling
Greek Palaeography and Premodern Book Cultures
Toward a Global Late Antiquity:200-800 CE
Muslims, Jews and Christians in Medieval Iberia
The Medieval Monastery
History of the Spanish Language
Fifteenth-Century Sentimental Romances and Celestina
The Philosophers' Stone: Alchemy From Antiquity to Harry Potter
Christianity in Conflict in the Medieval Mediterranean
The Holy Grail and the Historian's Quest for the Truth
The Search for King Arthur
The Long Fall of the Roman Empire
The Viking Age
Living Together: Muslims, Christians, and Jews in Medieval Iberia
Crusaders and Cathedrals, Deviants and Dominance: Europe in the High Middle Ages
Barbarians, Byzantines, and Berbers: Early Medieval North Africa, AD 300-1050
Sex, Power, and God: A Medieval Perspective
Charlemagne: Conquest, Empire, and the Making of the Middle Ages
Early Modern Globalization
New Perspectives on Medieval History
Difficult Relations? Judaism and Christianity from the Middle Ages until the Present
Great Jewish Books
The Talmud
Fortunatus
Literature at the Court of Charlemagne
Survey of Late and Medieval Latin
Alcuin
Seminar: The Sixth Century
Cities: Medieval Perspectives
Muslims, Jews, and Christians in Medieval Iberia
Independent Study
Honors Thesis
Medieval Arabic Philosophy
Wealth: Religious Approaches
Christian Classics
Islam Unveiled
Islamic Sexualities
Christianity in Late Antiquity
Dying To Be With God: Jihad, Past and Present
Ancient Christianity and the Sensing Body
Pilgrimage and Sacred Travel in the Lands of Islam
Methods and Problems in Islamic Studies: Narratives
Islamic Sectarianism

Honors

This is awarded to students who present a meritorious honors thesis in addition to completing the required courses of the concentration. The thesis permits the student to synthesize various disciplines or interests, or to pursue a new interest in greater depth. To be eligible for Honors, candidates must complete a minimum of six approved courses in Medieval Studies by the end of their third year with more grades of A than B. Students should apply for admission to Honors and should meet with their faculty advisor(s) no later than spring of the junior year to plan the thesis project. Accepted candidates write the thesis in a two-semester course sequence under the supervision of a director and second reader drawn from the Medieval Studies faculty.

Interested students should contact the concentration advisor for further details or consultation (863-1994).

Late Antique Cultures Track

Requirements:

One course in Roman history:1
Roman History I: The Rise and Fall of an Imperial Republic
Roman History II: The Roman Empire and Its Impact (recommended)
One class in medieval history1
One course at the advanced level (numbered at least 1000) in one approved language 11
Six other courses drawn from appropriate offerings and with the approval of the concentration advisor. These courses should support a concentrational area of special interest. 6
Total Credits9
1

The language in most cases will be Latin, but students will present different competencies and interests; other languages, such as Greek, Hebrew, or one of the medieval vernaculars can be substituted for Latin, with the approval of the concentration advisor and in conjunction with a clearly articulated program of study.

Under the supervision of the director of the program, students may choose courses from the following:
The World of Byzantium
The Idea of Self
The Age of Constantine: The Roman Empire in Transition
Erotic Desire in the Premodern Mediterranean
The 1001 Nights
Captive Imaginations: Writing Prison in the Middle Ages
Matters of Romance
The Medieval King Arthur
Beowulf to Aphra Behn: The Earliest British Literatures
Prose Sagas of the Medieval North
Chaucer
Chaucer: The Canterbury Tales
Sagas Without Borders: Multilingual Literatures of Early England
From Mead-Hall to Mordor: The Celtic and Germanic Roots of Tolkien’s Fiction
Quest, Vision, Diaspora: Medieval Journey Narratives
Introduction to the Old English Language
Middle English Literature
Europe in the Vernacular
Women's Voices in Medieval Literature
Medieval Manuscript Studies: Paleography, Codicology, and Interpretation
Manuscript, Image, and the Middle English Text
En Marge: Exilés et Hors-la-Loi au Moyen Age
Arts du récit, 1100-1400
Greek Literature in Italy and by Italians
Greek Erotic Literature: From Plato to the Medieval Romances
Rhetors and Philosophers: Intellectual Thought and Sophistic Style in the Ancient World
Fiction and Truth in Greek Story-telling
Greek Palaeography and Premodern Book Cultures
Toward a Global Late Antiquity:200-800 CE
Muslims, Jews and Christians in Medieval Iberia
The Medieval Monastery
History of the Spanish Language
Fifteenth-Century Sentimental Romances and Celestina
The Philosophers' Stone: Alchemy From Antiquity to Harry Potter
Christianity in Conflict in the Medieval Mediterranean
The Holy Grail and the Historian's Quest for the Truth
The Search for King Arthur
The Long Fall of the Roman Empire
The Viking Age
Living Together: Muslims, Christians, and Jews in Medieval Iberia
Crusaders and Cathedrals, Deviants and Dominance: Europe in the High Middle Ages
Barbarians, Byzantines, and Berbers: Early Medieval North Africa, AD 300-1050
Sex, Power, and God: A Medieval Perspective
Charlemagne: Conquest, Empire, and the Making of the Middle Ages
Early Modern Globalization
New Perspectives on Medieval History
Difficult Relations? Judaism and Christianity from the Middle Ages until the Present
Great Jewish Books
The Talmud
Fortunatus
Literature at the Court of Charlemagne
Survey of Late and Medieval Latin
Alcuin
Seminar: The Sixth Century
Cities: Medieval Perspectives
Muslims, Jews, and Christians in Medieval Iberia
Independent Study
Honors Thesis
Medieval Arabic Philosophy
Wealth: Religious Approaches
Christian Classics
Islam Unveiled
Islamic Sexualities
Christianity in Late Antiquity
Dying To Be With God: Jihad, Past and Present
Ancient Christianity and the Sensing Body
Pilgrimage and Sacred Travel in the Lands of Islam
Methods and Problems in Islamic Studies: Narratives
Islamic Sectarianism

Honors

When in Late Antique Cultures, these are awarded to students who present a meritorious honors thesis in addition to completing the required courses of the concentration. Application for admission to honors should be made in the spring of the junior year, by which time honors candidates must have completed a minimum of six approved courses in Late Antique Studies. Accepted candidates write the thesis in a two-semester course sequence (MDVL 1990) under the supervision of a director and a second reader to be determined in consultation with the advisor.