Autumn 2019 MEDREN Courses
MEDREN 2211 - Medieval Kyoto: Portraits and Landscapes
Description: Kyoto was the capital of Japan for more than one thousand years. This course will introduce you to seven hundred years in the life of this beautiful city, from the early centuries when the imperial court dominated the cultural and political landscapes, to the medieval years when the warrior class asserted its right to rule and opened the door to new cultural influences. We also will look at the special place that Kyoto occupies today as Japanese cultural heartland.
Time: W/F 2:20–3:40
Room: Evans Lab 2002
Instructor: Shelley Quinn (East Asian Languages and Literatures)
- Kyoto: City of Zen: Visiting the Heritage Sites of Japan's Ancient Capital, Ben Simmons and Judith Clancy (Tuttle, 2013), 9784805309780
- Kyoto: A Cultural History, John Dougill (Oxford UP, 2005), 9780195301380
- Anthology of Japanese Literature: From the Earliest Era to the Mid-Nineteenth Century, Donald Keene (Grove/Atlantic, 1994), 9780802150585
MEDREN 2666 - Magic and Witchcraft in the Middle Ages and Renaissance
Description: 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.
Time: M/W/F 10:20–11:15
Room: Sullivant Hall 220
Instructor: Sarah Johnston (Classics)
- Witchcraft in Europe, 400-1700: A Documentary History, Kors and Peters (U of Pennsylvania P, 2000), 9780812217513
MEDREN 5194 - Group Studies: Early Modern Spanish Life Writing and the Picaresque Novel
Description: Recent theories of life writing posit a theatrical and discursive construction of the self that takes place in the process of writing the autobiographical text. Some of these features already appear in early modern Lives and in fictional life stories of the period, such as the Spanish picaresque novel. In this course, we will look at early modern life writing, including fictional and non-fictional narratives from Spain and her distant colonies, from the perspective of the aforementioned theories.
Class: 34373 (ug) 34372 (grad)
Time: Tu 5:30–8:15
Room: Hagerty Hall 455
Instructor: Elizabeth Davis (Spanish and Portuguese)
MEDREN 5611 - History of the Book Studies
Description: This course will introduce students to the history of the book in the hand-press period from the 15th to the 18th century. It will consider important theoretical and historical questions related to the effects—religious, scientific, political, cultural, literary, economic, educational, etc.—of the spread of the printed book in early modern England, Europe, and America.
Class: 33676 (ug) 33677 (grad)
Time: W/F 2:20–3:40
Room: Enarson Classroom 314
Instructor: Alan Farmer (English)
- A New Introduction to Bibliography, Philip Gaskell (Oak Knoll, 1996), 9781884718137
- The Printing Revolution in Early Modern Europe, 2nd ed., Elizabeth L. Eisenstein (Cambridge UP, 2012), 9781107632752
- The Book in the Renaissance, Andrew Pettegree (Yale UP, 2011), 9780300178210