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Spring/Summer 2018 Courses

Spring 2018 MEDREN Courses

*Canceled* MEDREN 2618, “Travel and Exploration”

Description: Intercultural contact between Europe (Spain, Portugal, and other nations) and the 'New Worlds' is explored through early modern narratives of travel, conquest, shipwrecks, and captivity. 

Class: 34846

Time: Wed/Fri 9:35AM - 11:55AM

Room: Denney Hall 202

Instructor: Christian Supiot (Spanish and Portuguese)

Required Texts: TBD


MEDREN 2666, "Magic and Witchcraft"

In this interdisciplinary course, students will explore the history and culture of witchcraft and magic from ca. 400 to 1700 C.E. within sociological, religious, and intellectual contexts. As students gain basic knowledge of the history of witchcraft and magic during these periods (both actual practice and contemporary beliefs about that practice), they will develop some ability to understand why these practices and beliefs developed as they did and what societal and cultural needs drove them.

Readings for the course will be mainly primary materials—that is, treatises, trial transcripts, statutes, and literature from the medieval and early modern periods, as well as some biblical and classical background texts. The main textbook will be The Witchcraft Sourcebook, ed. Brian Levack (Routledge 2004); you will also need copies of Medea and Doctor Faustus (Dover editions). Additional short readings and lecture outlines will be posted on Canvas for you to print before class each day. We will be watching several movies in class, as well as discussing film clips and magic/witchcraft-themed music.

Grades will be based on attendance (10% of your final grade), three multiple choice quizzes (20% each), and a comprehensive final exam (multiple choice and one essay, 30%). Students will also be expected to participate in weekly on-line discussions; the grade for this activity can be used to replace the lowest quiz grade. 

Class: 33879

Time: Tues/Thurs 11:10AM - 12:30AM

Room: Hagerty Hall 180

Instructor: Kristen Figg 


MEDREN 5631, “Medieval Latin”

Description: Intermediate and advanced Latin students will hone their translation skills while exploring how students in Late Antiquity and the early Middle Ages studied Latin language and literature.

The varied slate of readings will include psalms, humorous dialogues, early treatises on grammar and meter, riddles, and excerpts from poems commonly studied in Carolingian and Anglo-Saxon schools; whenever possible, we will also consider the medieval manuscripts contexts in which these texts survive.
Students will prepare translations for each class meeting, complete exercises using field-specific research tools, submit three brief written translations, and take a final exam.
Prerequisite: Latin 1103 or equivalent, or permission of instructor.

Class: 29220 (UG), 29221 (G)

Time: Tues 12:45PM - 2:05PM, Thurs 12:45 - 1:55

Room: Derby Hall 060

Instructor: Leslie Lockett (English)

Required Texts: 1. Andrew Rabin and Liam Felsen, eds., The Disputatio puerorum: A Ninth-Century Monastic Instructional Text (Toronto: Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, 2017). ISBN 978-0-88844-484-4.

2. Course pack will be posted on Carmen.


MEDREN 5695, "Seminar: Arthurian Legends"

Description: This course will explore the rich tradition of Arthurian Literature that flourished in the Middle Ages and continues to thrive in modern popular culture.  We will sample a few of the earliest accounts of King Arthur in British histories, then look at the development of some of the most famous Arthur legends, including the quest for the holy grail and the tragic love stories of Tristan and Isolde and of Lancelot and Guenivere.  Authors to be read will include Geoffrey of Monmouth, Chrétien de Troyes, Marie de France, and Thomas Malory.  We will also consider the incarnation of Arthurian characters and themes in modern literature and film.  Requirements will include a midterm, final exam, and research paper.

Class: 29216 (UG), 29215 (G)

Time: Wed/Fri 12:45PM - 2:05PM

Room: Enarson Classroom 015

Instructor: Ethan Knapp (English)

Required Texts: TBD


MEDREN 7899, "Medieval and Renaissance Colloquia"

Description: This course consists of 1 credit hour per semester for attending CMRS lectures, faculty colloquia and subsequent discussions or preceding "open forum" events. This will amount to: 4 1-hour+ CMRS lectures by visiting professors and at least 1 internal lecture, plus subsequent (or preceding) discussion sessions (total = approx. 3 hours per event); at least one lunch with visiting faculty member (2 hours); active involvement with MRGSA and its activities; and meetings with the Center director (one hour once per term). With permission of the Director other professional activities (e.g. attendance at appropriate conferences, on or off campus; other relevant lectures hosted by OSU units if CMRS colloquia are not scheduled) may be substituted.

Prereq: Grad standing. Repeatable to a maximum of 3 cr hrs. This course is graded S/U.

Class: 17009*

Time: Fri 4:00PM - 6:00PM

Room: 070/090 18th Ave. Library

Instructor: TBD


MEDREN 4193, 8193 – Individual Studies

Description: Students may register for individual directed study under this number for work not normally offered in courses.
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Repeatable to a maximum of 9 cr hrs or 3 completions. This course is graded S/U.

Class: TBD

Find out more information about the Center’s Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization and Graduate Certificate programs.

*Enrollment open to graduate students, undergraduate students only with permission from the Center and the Graduate School. Attendance based upon lecture series schedule; see the CMRS Events webpage for more information.