Spring 2016 Courses

Spring 2016 MEDREN Courses



MEDREN 2215 – Gothic Paris: 1100-1300

Description: An introduction to the arts, architecture, poetry, history, music, theology, foods, fashions, and urban geography of Paris in the years 1100-1300, the age of the Gothic cathedrals and the rise of the university. Students will develop an understanding and appreciation of the main currents of medieval culture in Western Europe, learn to recognize the major characteristics of the “Gothic” style in art and architecture, study the formation of the first major Western university, examine the web of economic, commercial, political, and social forces that contribute to the growth of a major city, and read authentic primary texts that will help them gain knowledge of contemporary life and ideology. The course will require regular short quizzes, a take-home midterm, an experiential project, and a final exam. 

Required Textbooks: 

  • • Betty Radice, trans., The Letters of Abelard and Heloise. Penguin Classics (ISBN 0-14-044287-9); 
  • • Patricia Terry, trans., The Honeysuckle and the Hazel Tree: Medieval Stories of Men and Women. Univ. of CA Press (ISBN 0-520-08379-2); 
  • • John W. Baldwin, Paris, 1200. Stanford University Press (ISBN 0-8047-7207-X); 
  • • Christopher Wilson, The Gothic Cathedral. Thames and Hudson (ISBN 9780500276815).

Lecture: 31382
Time:  WeFr 12:45PM-2:05
Room: Hagerty Hall 046
Instructor: Kristen Figg


MEDREN 2610 – 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. 

Prereq: Not open to students with credit for Medieval 218. GE culture and ideas and diversity global studies course.

Lecture: 32409
Time:  TuTh 11:10AM-12:30PM
Room: Hopkins Hall 246
Instructor: Jessica Rutherford


MEDREN 4504 – The Arthurian Legends

Description: This course will explore the Arthurian tradition that flourished during the Middle Ages, from the first references to Arthur in early medieval chronicles through Malory’s epic Morte Darthur.   Students 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, Guinevere, and Morgan le Faye.   Though the focus is medieval texts, we will also look at the ongoing modernization of Arthurian characters, stories, and themes in literature and film.   Requirements include weekly Carmen quizzes, two short projects (or one long), and a final exam.  Required textbooks: The Romance of Arthur: An Anthology of Medieval Texts in Translation (ed. Lacy and Wilhelm) and Malory, Le Morte Darthur (ed. Helen Cooper).

Prereq: 6 cr hrs in literature. Not open to students with credit for Medieval 504.

Lecture: 31988
Time:  WeFr 11:10AM-12:30PM
Room: Macquigg Lab 162
Instructor: Karen Winstead


MEDREN 5631 – Survey of Latin Literature: Medieval and Renaissance

Description: This section of CMRS 5631 will be an intermediate reading course for students interested in medieval Latin literature and language.  We will read a sampling of Latin texts written between late antiquity and c. 1200, with selections taken from biblical and liturgical sources, narrative prose and verse, lyric and satirical poetry, as well as legal documents.  While helping students become more confident translators, the course also aims to acquaint them with some  of the specialized reference-works and bibliographical resources pertinent to the study of medieval Latin.  In addition to the daily homework of reading and translating, requirements for the class include submission of three written translation-passages, an oral report, a final paper or bibliographical project, and a short final exam.  

Questions?  Please feel free to contact the instructor at jones.1849@osu.edu 

Prerequisite: Latin 1103 or equivalent.       

Lecture: 32317 (undergrad) 32318 (grad)
Time:  TuTh 9:35AM-10:55AM
Room: Enarson Classroom Building 206
Instructor: Christopher Jones


MEDREN 5695-- Seminar: The Little Ice Age

Description: This course will explore the human experience of climatic changes and extremes from the Great Famine of the 1310s to the famous “Year without a Summer” in 1816.  We’ll start by examining how scientists and historians have reconstructed past climate, and how they have explained its impact on agriculture, health, and economic and political history.  However, the real emphasis of the course will be how ordinary people lived through the Little Ice Age: their perceptions, experiences, and memories of climatic changes and extremes.  We’ll approach this topic through case studies of historical events, as well as theater, art, and literature.  We’ll draw on examples from across the world over a wide range of time, but with a focus on Europe and particularly England ca.1560-1620.  Throughout this course we’ll discuss how past experiences of natural climate change can (and can’t) help us understand the experience of anthropogenic global warming in the present century.

Lecture: 26964 (grad section); 26965 (undergrad)
Time: M 2:15PM-5:00PM
Room: 455B Hagerty Hall.
Instructor: Sam White


MEDREN 7899 – Medieval and Renaissance Colloquia

Description: MEDREN 7899, Medieval and Renaissance Colloquia, will consist of 1 credit hour per semester for attending CMRS lectures, faculty colloquia and subsequent discussions. This will amount to: 5 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.

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

Lecture: 20285
Time:  Fr 3:00PM-5:00PM
Room: TBA
Instructor: Graeme Boone 


MEDREN 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.

Lecture: 20286
Time: TBA
Room: TBA
Instructor: TBA