Week 16. December 4

Monday, December 4

  • “The Complicated Political Lives of Medieval Manuscripts,” The New Yorker
  • Discuss Chaucer ABC projects
  • Deadline: Chaucer’s ABC edition project (material edition due in class; essay due on Canvas by 2 p.m.)

Deadline for revised and expanded final essay: December 11, 5:00 p.m.

Week 15. November 27-December 1

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 27

  • The Book of Margery Kempe, 3–24 (R)
  • browse digital facsimile of Margery Kempe’s manuscript (click through the images in the digitized edition)

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 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: Daniel, Jack, and Noe (Note: Your paper is due at the same time as the final paper, Monday, December 11, 5:00 p.m.)

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 1

No reading. We will have a short writing workshop. You will be able to choose to work on either the Chaucer ABC project or the revised and expanded final paper (so bring along what you’ve drafted/planned). We’ll view and discuss the following in class:

  • Reliquaries of the 11,000 virgins + other art
  • Hildegard’s “St Ursula” songs
  • a scene from Christopher Williams’s 2005 performance, Ursula and the 11,000 Virgins

Week 14. November 20-24

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 20

  • No reading. View and discuss medieval-inspired art exhibits in class.
  • Deadline: Exhibit with introductory video (must be posted to our ScholarBlog site by 2pm)

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 22 & FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 24

  • No class. Thanksgiving Break.

Week 13. November 13-17

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 13

From class today:


WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 15

  • John William Waterhouse, Echo and Narcissus (painting)
  • On William Morris, Edward Burne-Jones, and stained glass: “Stained Glass on Paper: Morris & Co. and the Pre-Raphaelites”
  • Edward Burne-Jones, assorted paintings and stained glass (we’ll view in class)
  • 4 individual presentations: Dharini, Rose, Shivani, Zachary (Note: Your paper is due Friday, December 1 by 2:00pm, extended slightly because of Thanksgiving.)

Unit 5. Liturgical Art and Music: Mysticism, Gender, and the Saints

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 17

  • Amy Hollywood, “Gender, Agency, and the Divine in Religious Historiography,” 514-28 (R)
  • Altarpieces, wall paintings, and stained glass series of the life of St Margaret of Antioch (we’ll view these in class)

From class today:

Week 12. November 6-10

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 6

  • No reading; discuss High Museum assignment + details for exhibit and ABC project
  • Deadline: High Museum spatial analysis

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 8

  • Christine 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)

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 10

  • Jean Gerson, Treatise against the Romance of the Rose (106–14) (R)
  • 4 individual presentations: Andrew, Felix, Kat, and Lourdes (Note: Your paper is due Wednesday, November 29 by 2:00pm, extended slightly because of Thanksgiving.)

Week 11. October 30-November 3

MONDAY, OCTOBER 30

  • No class today because of High Museum trip.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 1

  • Romance of the Rose, “The Advice of the Old Woman,” 191–224 (R)

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 3

  • Christine 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)

In class:

Week 10. October 23-27

Unit 4. Painting, Architecture, and the Garden: Romance and the Romantics

MONDAY, OCTOBER 23

  • Guillaume 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. Flip through this manuscript, especially the illuminations in the second window on the page (Aberystwyth, National Library of Wales, NLW MS 5016D).

In class:


WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 25

  • Romance of the Rose, “The Spring of Narcissus,” 22–42 (R)
  • Images of medieval gardens (we’ll view these in class)
  • Three individual presentations: Jacob, Nya, & Tyler

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 27


SATURDAY, OCTOBER 28

  • Trip to High Museum, 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Week 9. October 16-20

MONDAY, OCTOBER 16

  • As 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, textiles, poetry, and other art.
  • Deadline: Materiality analysis (posted to ScholarBlogs by 2pm)

In class:


WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 18

  • Morris’s News from Nowhere, chs 15, 29, 31, & 32 (78–85, 164–67, & 173–82) (R)
  • More Kelmscott Press book designs, textiles, poetry, and other art (we’ll view these in class)

In class:


FRIDAY, OCTOBER 20

  • No reading!
  • Introduce Chaucer’s ABC project: Assign stanzas & start brainstorming material edition

Week 8. October 9-13

MONDAY, OCTOBER 9

  • No class: Fall Break

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 11

  • Piers Plowman, pass. III–IV (37-63, focus on translation, which appears on odd-numbered pages) (R— Note: shorter reading than originally assigned (see updates to course schedule)
  • Treharne, Ch 4: “Individual and Community” (55–68) (T)
  • Optional: a podcast about Piers Plowman

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 13

  • William Morris’s News from Nowhere, chs 1, 2, 4, 9, & 10 (3–12, 20–22, & 45–64) (R)
  • Note: Materiality analysis now due on Monday, October 16.

In class: