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CMRS Affiliated Courses (medieval and Renaissance offerings from other departments)

MEDREN Courses

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CMRS Affiliated Courses

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2019-2020 MEDREN Courses (tentative)




Autumn 2019 MEDREN Courses

MEDREN 2211 - Medieval Kyoto: Portraits and Landscapes
Medieval Kyoto

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.

Class: 34460

Time: W/F 2:20–3:40

Room: Evans Lab 2002

Instructor: Shelley Quinn (East Asian Languages and Literatures)

Required Books:

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

Magic and Witchcraft
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.

Class: 29002

Time: M/W/F 10:20–11:15

Room: Sullivant Hall 220

Instructor: Sarah Johnston (Classics)

Required Books:

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)

Required Books:

PDF icon Books for MEDREN 5194-Spanish 7520.pdf


MEDREN 5611 - History of the Book Studies
History of the Book-2

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)

Required Books:

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



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: 20272

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

Room: 090 18th Ave. Library

Instructor: TBD


CMRS Individual Studies


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.


MEDREN 4998, 4998H, 4999, and 4999 - Undergraduate Research and Thesis Hours

If interested in enrolling in individual studies or research/thesis hours, please contact CMRS Associate Director and Student Advisor, Professor Leslie Lockett.


For more information about the Center’s Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization and Graduate Certificate programs, please visit this page.

*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.

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