Current and Upcoming Courses

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Spring 2022 CMRS-Affiliated Courses

**Please note: CMRS plans to once again implement a mix of in-person and remote coursework for the Spring 2022 term. Updated 10/15/2021 (The List is subject to change).

 

Spring 2022 MEDREN Courses

 

MedRen 2666 - Magic and Witchcraft in the Middle Ages and Renaissance

Woodcut of witches hunching over a cauldron

Description: In this interdisciplinary course, students will explore the history and culture of witchcraft and magic in Europe from about 400 C.E. to 1700 C.E., including examination of its religious, intellectual, and sociological 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.

Prereq: Not open to students with credit for Medieval 240. GE culture and ideas and diversity global studies course.

Class: 23336
Time: T-Th 2:20-3:40
Room: 220 Sullivant Hall
Instructor: Michael Swartz (Near Eastern Languages & Cultures)

 

Required Books: TBD

 

MedRen 4504 - The Arthurian Legends

Arthurian Legends

Description: In this asynchronous online course, we will explore together the wondrously rich and complex Arthurian tradition that flourished during the Middle Ages. We will encounter the wild and crazy heroes of Welsh romance and the earliest incarnations of characters who remain a part of our popular culture, such as Merlin, Lancelot, Gawain, Gunievere, the Lady of the Lake, and Morgan le Fay. Though our focus is medieval texts, we will also look at the ongoing modernization of Arthurian characters, stories, and themes in literature, games, and film, and we will explore the use of Arthurian materials in contemporary conversations about race, gender, secuality, and a host of other issues. 

The structure of this course mimics the common structure of Arthurian romance: Arthur’s champions set out from Camelot on some quest and have a series of adventures.  After they “achieve” their quest, they return to Camelot and share their experiences.  Each week of this course you will embark on a quest, which you will achieve by mastering the readings and video lectures, then taking a quiz and completing a series of challenges—you may be sent on a fact-finding or artefact-gathering mission or you may be asked to solve a puzzle based on the readings.  You will always be asked to reflect, in a paragraph or two, on an interpretive crux raised by the week’s reading and to share your reflections with your fellow questers.  These weekly quests will constitute the bulk of your grade.  For your final project, you will put your knowledge of the medieval Arthurian tradition in conversation with a contemporary work of Arthuriana.

Prereq: 6 cr hrs in literature.

Class: 34208
Time: N/A
Room: ONLINE
Instructor: Karen Winstead (English)

 

Required Books: The Romance of Arthur, ed. Norris J. Lacy and James J. Wilhelm

ONE of the following: Legendborn, a novel by Tracy Deonn (2020); Sword Stone Table: Old Legends, New Voices, a collection of short stories, edited by Swapna Krishna and Jenn Northington (Vintage Books, 2021); Arthurian Things: A Collection of Poems, by Melissa Ridley Elmes (Dark Myth, 2020).

 

MedRen 5631 - Survey of Latin Literature: Medieval and Renaissance

Medieval Latin Survey

Description: Intermediate Latin students will hone their translation skills while exploring major literary genres (saints' lives, travel literature, fables, schoolroom texts, poetry and more) and learning about literacy and manuscript culture in the Medieval West (circa 400-1500 CE).. 

Prereq: Latin 1103, or equiv. 

Class: 34327 (UG section), 34329 (Grad section)
Time: W-F 12:45-2:05
Room: 359 Hagerty Hall
Instructor: Leslie Lockett (English)

Required Books: will be announced after enrollments begin, based on the level of preparation of the students who enroll. Every effort will be made to keep costs down: students will most likely be required to purchase (or borrow from the library) one paperback reader and to print out a packet of readings that will be posted on Carmen.

 

MedRen 5695 - Advanced Seminar: Neighborhood, Space, and Urban Identity in Shakespeare's London

City London

Description: This seminar is an interdisciplinary course that examines the growth of London in the period after the Reformation and its distinctive institutional and cultural spaces. We will use a variety of primary documents, including maps, plays, pamphlets, and parish records to explore the ways in which Londoners made sense of their urban surroundings and brought the sprawling metropolis under control. We will look at important sites of cultural production like the Bankside theater district, as well as the Inns of Court (London’s legal quarter), and St Paul’s Cathedral where the book trade was centered and where crowds heard the land’s best preachers.  We will also spend time in Cheapside (the commercial center of the City), on the Strand (the spacious thoroughfare that linked London to Westminster and that became a byword for wealth and fashion), and in the open spaces on the fringes of the city that attracted serving women, apprentices, and the destitute.

Throughout the semester we will work closely throughout the semester with the online Map of Early Modern London: https://mapoflondon.uvic.ca/ This fantastic resource is organized around a highly detailed, zoomable, sixteenth-century map of the city.  Students will have the chance to write entries for the placeography and make other contributions which could potentially be published on the site.

Students will come away from the course with a vivid sense of London’s cultural topography in this period, especially its defining cultural spaces and their communities of writers, actors, and audiences.

Prereq: 6 credit hours in MedRen at the 2000 level or above. Repeatable to a maximum of 9 cr hrs.

Class: 19870 (Grad section), 19871 (UG section)
Time: T-Th 11:10-12:30
Room: 455 Hagerty Hall
Instructor: Chris Highley (English)

 

Required Books: TBD

 

MedRen 7899 - Medieval and Renaissance Colloquia

Description: MEDREN 7899 will consist of 1 credit hour per semester for attending CMRS lectures, faculty colloquia and subsequent discussions. This will amount to: 4 1-hour+ lectures by visiting professors and at least 1 internal lecture and subsequent discussion (total 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 (such as attendance at appropriate conferences, on- or off-campus) may be substituted. **Please consult with CMRS director Chris Highley before registering, given potential deviations from the standard plan above due to the current pandemic.**

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

Class: 19867
Time: generally F 4:00-6:00 (in line with scheduled lectures and faculty/student colloquia)
Room: Varies, and some events may be held virtually due to the ongoing pandemic
Instructor: Christopher Highley (English)


Autumn 2021 CMRS-Affiliated Courses

**Please note: The university again plans to implement a mix of in-person and remote coursework for the Autumn 2021 term. Updated 7/9/2021.

 

Autumn 2021 MEDREN Courses

 

MedRen 2610 - Science and Technology in Medieval and Renaissance Culture

Description: This distance learning course will use studies of objects alongside close reading of primary texts to explore the history of science and technology in antiquity and the pre-modern world. In our considerations of topics like medicine, anatomy, alchemy, cartography, navigation, natural history, mechanics, war craft, astronomy and navigation, we’ll investigate how cultural, social, and

Sciopod, Cyclops, Two-headed Pygmy, Blemmyai, Cynocephalus. From Sebastian Munster, Cosmographia (Basel: Sebastian Heinrich-Petri, 1552)

religious factors influenced the theory and practice of science. Each week, students will read translations of historical texts and scholarly resources that help reveal how the science and technology we now take for granted began with studies and discoveries long ago. Evaluation will be generated by short writing assignments, a group project, discussion boards and a final exam.

Prereq: None. GE culture and ideas course.

Class: 34090
Time: T-Th 11:10-12:30
Room: ONLINE
Instructor: Sarah Neville (English)

 

Required Books:

  • Andrew Ede and Lesley B. Cormack, A History of Science in Society: From the Ancient Greeks to the Scientific Revolution. Vol. I. 3rd Edition. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2017. 

  • Additional texts will be available on Carmen.

 

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 in Europe from about 400 C.E. to 1700 C.E., including examination of its religious, intellectual, and sociological 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.

Woodcut of witches hunching over a cauldron

 

Prereq: Not open to students with credit for Medieval 240. GE culture and ideas and diversity global studies course.

Class: 22815
Time: M-W-F 11:30-12:25
Room: 014 University Hall
Instructors: Sarah Iles Johnston (Classics/Comparative Studies)

 

Required Books: TBD

 

MedRen 5611 - History of the Book Studies

Description: This course will explore books from the invention of printing through the early nineteenth century (c. 1450-1820) as physical objects and consider what difference that makes for our understanding of the texts they bear and the uses to which they've been put. We will range widely in terms of genre, language, and price point, drawing extensively on the holdings of OSU's Rare Books and Manuscripts Library (in ways that are safe for the age of COVID). By the end of the course you'll understand how judging books by their covers is not only impossible to avoid, but can actually help us make sense of the many ways in which books work in and on the world. And you'll be able to share your newfound knowledge with the world by collectively acting as the curators for an exhibition in which you select, research, arrange, and showcase objects from our collections. Course requirements include a weekly object journal; a few short, informal presentations of objects from Ohio State's collections; active participation in our discussions; and a substantial contribution to a collectively curated exhibition. **PLEASE NOTE: This course will be delivered in a hybrid format. Additional details will be provided, but you should plan on synchronous course meetings at the times listed below.**

Prereq: Jr, Sr, or Grad standing, or permission of instructor. Not open to students with credit for Medieval 611.

Class: 23657 (UG section), 23658 (Grad section)
Time: T-Th 2:20-3:40
Room: 155 Macquigg Lab and ONLINE
Instructor: David Brewer (English)

 

Required Books:

  • Sarah Werner, Studying Early Printed Books, 1450-1800: A Practical Guide. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley Blackwell, 2019. 

 

MedRen 7899 - Medieval and Renaissance Colloquia

Description: MEDREN 7899 will consist of 1 credit hour per semester for attending CMRS lectures, faculty colloquia and subsequent discussions. This will amount to: 4 1-hour+ lectures by visiting professors and at least 1 internal lecture and subsequent discussion (total 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 (such as attendance at appropriate conferences, on- or off-campus) may be substituted. **Please consult with CMRS director Chris Highley before registering, given potential deviations from the standard plan above due to the current pandemic.**

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

Class: 14727
Time: generally F 4:00-6:00 (in line with scheduled lectures and faculty/student colloquia)
Room: Varies, but events are likely to be held virtually for most of the Autumn 2021 term due to continuing restrictions on in-person gatherings
Instructor: Christopher Highley (English)