Schedule

The course schedule may be modified slightly during the semester. Check here and on the Weekly Updates page for changes. I will inform you during class of any changes to the reading and writing requirements. Informal writing assignments may be added during the semester.The schedule notes where each reading can be found, whether in a textbook (T), through online course reserves (R), or on the course website (W).

Note: schedule updated 10/4/17 (see PDF for details).

Unit 1. Introductions
Week 1
W Aug. 23Introduction to the course (and medieval representations of the eclipse)
F Aug. 25Treharne, “Introduction: Endings and Beginnings” (1–11) (T); Marianne O’Doherty, “Where Were the Middle Ages?” The Public Medievalist (W); “A Beginner’s Guide to Medieval Europe,” Khan Academy (only the first lesson, “Introduction to the Middle Ages,” is required; the remaining sections are suggested) (W)
Week 2
M Aug. 28Geoffrey of Monmouth, History of the Kings of Britain, chs 1–4 & 16–18 (2–6, 20–22) (R); Treharne, Ch 1: “Literary Origins” (12–22) & Ch 3: “Literary Spaces, Literary Identities” (36–54) (T)
W Aug. 30Geoffrey Chaucer, “The Former Age” (read Middle English alongside the translation) (W); Chazelle, Doubleday, Lifshitz, & Remensnyder, “Introduction,” Why the Middle Ages Matter (1–14) (R)
F Sept. 1Berger, Ch 1 (7–34) & Ch 4 (66–81 [visual essay]) (T); Hieronymous Bosch, The Garden of Earthly Delights (painting) (W)
Unit 2. Art and the Other: Monsters, Amazons, and Travelogues
Week 3
M Sept. 4No class. Labor Day.
W Sept. 6Jeffrey Jerome Cohen, “Monster Theory, Seven Theses” (3–20) (R)
F Sept. 8Manuscript illuminations of the Old English Wonders of the East (W); Treharne, Ch 5: “The Mighty and the Monstrous” (69–83) (T)
Week 4
M Sept. 11The Voyage of St Brendan (211–45) (R)
W Sept. 13Sir John Mandeville, The Book of Marvels and Travels, prologue in Middle English, ll. 1-72 (W) & excerpts from Chs 3 & 13 (14–16, 62–68) (R)
F Sept. 15Mandeville, The Book of Marvels and Travels, excerpts from Chs 14 & 15 (68–79) (R); browse digital facsimile of Mandeville manuscript (W)
(3 individual presentations)
Week 5
M Sept. 18Paul B. Sturtevant, “Is ‘Race’ Real?” & “Were Medieval People Racist?,” The Public Medievalist (W); continue discussion of Mandeville, Book of Marvels and Travels
W Sept. 20Berger, Ch 6 (113–27 [visual essay]) (T); peer review for visual analysis (bring a draft of at least two pages)
F Sept. 22No class.
Deadline: Medieval monsters visual analysis
Week 6
M Sept. 25Sir Walter Ralegh’s Discoverie of Guiana (130–38, 145–46, & 194–99) (R)
W Sept. 27The Bayeux Embroidery and the virtual Game of Thrones tapestry (W); Andrew B. R. Elliott, “Introduction,” Medievalism, Politics, and Mass Media (1–5) (R)
F Sept. 29Extra Credits’ “Historical Games” video (W); Paul B. Sturtevant, “Playing with the Middle Ages,” The Public Medievalist (W)
(4 individual presentations)
Unit 3. Manuscripts and Woodcuts: Books, Everyday Life, and Social Class
Week 7
M Oct. 2Barbara Shailor, “The Medieval Book” (8–12, 18–20) (R); Ann Gibbons, “Goats, bookworms, a monk’s kiss: Biologists reveal the hidden history of ancient gospels,” ScienceMag.org (W); Treharne, Ch 2: “Textual Production and Reception” (23–35) (T)
W Oct. 4Class visit to Pitts Theology Library’s special collections
F Oct. 6William Langland’s Piers Plowman, prologue & pass. I–II (2–37, focus on translation, which appears on odd-numbered pages) (R); view image of Piers Plowman manuscript (W)
Week 8
M Oct. 9No class. Fall break.
W Oct. 11Piers Plowman, pass. III–IV (37–63, focus on translation, which appears on odd-numbered pages) (R); Treharne, Ch 4: “Individual and Community” (55–68)
F Oct. 13William Morris’s News from Nowhere, chs 1, 2, 4, 9, & 10 (3–12, 20–22, & 45–64) (R)
Week 9
M Oct. 16As a class, we will view and discuss manuscript illuminations of everyday life from the Luttrell Psalter as well as William Morris’s medieval-inspired Kelmscott Press book designs (W)
Deadline: Materiality analysis
W Oct. 18Morris’s News from Nowhere, chs 15, 29, 31, & 32 (78–85, 164–67, & 173–82) (R); more Kelmscott Press book designs (W)
F Oct. 20Morris’s textiles, poetry, and other art (W)
Introduce Chaucer’s ABC project: Assign stanzas & start brainstorming material edition
Unit 4. Painting, Architecture, and the Garden: Romance and the Romantics
Week 10
M Oct. 23Guillaume de Lorris & Jean de Meun’s Romance of the Rose, “The Garden of Pleasure,” 3–21 (R); Treharne, Ch 6: “Love and Longing” (84–99) (T); browse digital facsimile of Romance of the Rose manuscript (W)
W Oct. 25Romance of the Rose, “The Spring of Narcissus,” 22–42 (R); images of medieval gardens (W)
(3 individual presentations)
F Oct. 27The Public Medievalist’s “Why you hate that museum and how to fix it” (W); “A Beginner’s Guide to the Pre-Raphaelites,” Khan Academy (W)
Saturday, October 28. Group trip to High Museum of Art from 9:00 a.m. –1:00 p.m., funded by Emory’s Center for Creativity and the Arts
Week 11
M Oct. 30No class today because of High Museum trip.
W Nov. 1Romance of the Rose, “The Advice of the Old Woman,” 191–224 (R)
F Nov. 3Christine de Pizan, “The God of Love’s Letter” & “Moral Teachings” (37–44) (R); Judith M. Bennett, “Feminist History & Women’s History,” History Matters (6–15, 28–29) (R)
Week 12
M Nov. 6No reading; continue discussion of Romance of the Rose, Christine de Pizan, and Judith Bennett's essay
Deadline: High Museum spatial analysis
W Nov. 8Christine de Pizan, excerpt from The Book of the City of Ladies (235–46) (R); Berger, Ch 2 (35–43 [visual essay]) & Ch 3 (45–64) (T)
F Nov. 10Jean Gerson, Treatise against the Romance of the Rose (106–14) (R)
(4 individual presentations)
Week 13
M Nov. 13Alfred Lord Tennyson, “The Lady of Shalott” (poem) (W); John William Waterhouse, The Lady of Shalott
(painting) (W)
W Nov. 15John William Waterhouse, Echo and Narcissus (painting) (W); Edward Burne Jones, assorted paintings and stained glass (W)
(4 individual presentations)
Unit 5. Liturgical Art and Music: Mysticism, Gender, and the Saints
F Nov. 17Amy Hollywood, “Gender, Agency, and the Divine in Religious Historiography," 514-28 (R); wall paintings and stained glass series of saints’ lives (W)
Week 14
M Nov. 20No reading. View and discuss Pre-Raphaelite art exhibits in class.
Deadline: Exhibit with introductory video
W Nov. 22No class. Thanksgiving break.
F Nov. 24No class. Thanksgiving break.
Week 15
M Nov. 27The Book of Margery Kempe, 3-24 (R); browse digital facsimile of Margery Kempe’s manuscript (W)
W Nov. 29“St Ursula and the 11,000 virgins” in The Golden Legend, 256-60 (R); Treharne, Ch 7: “Death and Judgement” (100–113)
(3 individual presentations)
F Dec. 1Reliquaries of the 11,000 virgins (W); Hildegard’s “St Ursula” song (W); a scene from Christopher Williams’s 2005 performance, Ursula and the 11,000 Virgins (W)
Week 16
M Dec. 4"The Complicated Political Lives of Medieval Manuscripts," The New Yorker (W)
Discuss Chaucer ABC projects
Deadline: Chaucer’s ABC edition project
M Dec. 11, 5pmDeadline: Revised and expanded essay