MER - Medieval Renaissance

ME/R 224 Conquest, Resistence and Syncretism: The Forging of México

Early-Modern México represents a unique case of cultural syncretism forged by the confrontation of distinctively different cultures, religious beliefs, economics, science and social structures. It is impossible to understand the “conquest” of the Americas without awareness of both European Medieval/Renaissance world views and equivalent constructions of the “vanquished” during the same historical periods. The core of the course will focus on site-specific experiences of the art, literature and religion resulting from the encounters of the European and the native peoples in central México. Readings, video screening and lectures will be offered before departure. At the end of the trip, we will reflect on how syncretic cosmologies evolved in the 16th century and how they continue to inform the realities of México and other Latin American nations that retain significant indigenous populations.

Instructor

Vega (Spanish)

Unit(s)

1.0

Semesters Offered

Not Offered

Degree Requirements

LL

ME/R 224 Conquest, Resistence and Syncretism: The Forging of México

Early-Modern México represents a unique case of cultural syncretism forged by the confrontation of distinctively different cultures, religious beliefs, economics, science and social structures. It is impossible to understand the “conquest” of the Americas without awareness of both European Medieval/Renaissance world views and equivalent constructions of the “vanquished” during the same historical periods. The core of the course will focus on site-specific experiences of the art, literature and religion resulting from the encounters of the European and the native peoples in central México. Readings, video screening and lectures will be offered before departure. At the end of the trip, we will reflect on how syncretic cosmologies evolved in the 16th century and how they continue to inform the realities of México and other Latin American nations that retain significant indigenous populations.

Instructor

Vega (Spanish)

Unit(s)

0.5

Semesters Offered

Not Offered

Degree Requirements

LL

ME/R 247 Arthurian Legends

The legends of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, with their themes of chivalry, magic, friendship, war, adventure, corruption, and nostalgia, as well as romantic love and betrayal, make up one of the most influential and enduring mythologies in European culture. This course will examine literary interpretations of the Arthurian legend, in history, epic, and romance, from the sixth century through the sixteenth. We will also consider some later examples of Arthuriana, on page and movie screen, in the Victorian and modern periods.

Instructor

Wall-Randell (English)

Prerequisites

None

Cross Listed Courses

ENG 247

Unit(s)

1.0

Semesters Offered

Fall

Degree Requirements

LL

ME/R 275 Between Transcendence and Transgression: Desire from Dante to Milton

This course takes as its focus the discourses of desire informing some of the major works of English and Italian literature from the Middle Ages to the seventeenth century. Through an exploration of the themes of transcendence and transgression in Dante, Petrarch, Boccaccio, Chaucer, Shakespeare, Ariosto, and Milton, students will analyze the dynamics of desire (whether sexual, psychological, or textual) that open up exciting vistas on the tensions between human and divine love, excess and control, lack and fulfillment, suffering and joy. The roles of transcendence and transgression will also be considered in the relationship each author entertains with his or her literary models and predecessors to see how desire shapes a dialogue across geographical and temporal boundaries.

Prerequisites

None.

Cross Listed Courses

ITAS 275

Unit(s)

1.0

Semesters Offered

Not Offered

Degree Requirements

LL

ME/R 350 Research or Individual Study

Prerequisites

Permission of the instructor. Open to juniors and seniors.

Unit(s)

1.0

Semesters Offered

Fall, Spring

Degree Requirements

None

ME/R 360 Senior Thesis Research

Prerequisites

Permission of the department.

Unit(s)

1.0

Semesters Offered

Fall, Spring

Degree Requirements

None

ME/R 370 Senior Thesis

Prerequisites

MER 360 and permission of the department.

Unit(s)

1.0

Semesters Offered

Fall, Spring

Degree Requirements

None
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