Culture, the Arts and Society - Medieval Imagination

CLLC-L 210 / CLASS 12613 — Spring 2021

Edmondson Basement Classroom
Days and Times
Tu/Th 1:10 p.m. - 2:25 p.m., 3 credits
Course Description

In this course we will explore the universe of symbols and dreams that populated the mind of Medieval women and men. Through an exploration of Medieval literary texts, medical records, poetry, tales and legends from Europe, Africa, and Asia, we will discover the mythology of trees and woods, the symbolism of the animals of the fairy tales, the legends of the female pope, the wandering Jew, and that time when Jesus was punished in Hell. This class will be discussion based, and assessment will be based on participation in class discussions and short (~ 400 words) bi-monthly reflection papers. Students will leave this class with a larger and more critical understanding of that deeply universal and influential dimension of the human experience that is the imagination, and will learn about the Medieval roots of much contemporary discourse on gender, race, religion, and cultural otherness.

Instructor: Nicolò Sassi

Collins Seminars: Selected by Board of Educational Programming (BOEP)