MSCP 80500. Credo?: The Question of Belief in Medieval Christian Devotion. Mondays 11:45AM-1:45PM, Room TBA. 3 credits, Lauren Mancia.
There are limits to what we can know as scholars about what medieval people really believed and felt. For this reason, medievalists often feel more comfortable focusing on how medieval people used religion as a tool to some more worldly end. But did medieval people really believe, and did they feel their faith as deeply as they claimed? What methods can we employ, and what evidence can we uncover, that will give us access to the lived experience of medieval religion and belief? To answer this question, we will focus on performative devotion, holy matter, religious art and praxis, theology and prayer, healing texts and miracle stories. But our investigations will also reach beyond traditional religious sources for evidence, applying medieval theories of authenticity in documentary practices to the questions above, for example, and experimenting with modern theoretical lenses such as affect theory. Students will each complete a final research paper that delves into questions of ‘authentic’ medieval faith and ‘lived’ religious ‘experience’ in any place or period of the Middle Ages and in any medieval media they choose.
THE FOLLOWING COURSES WILL FULFILL PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS:
ART 83000: Medieval Art/Architecture: Book and Body. Mondays, 2:00pm-4:00pm, Room 3421, 3 credits, Cynthia Hahn.
CLAS 70200: Latin Rhetoric and Stylistics. Wednesdays, 6:30pm-8:30pm, Room TBA, 3 credits, David Konstan.
CLAS 72400: Augustin’s Confessions. Tuesdays. 6:30 PM-8:30 PM, Room TBA, 3 credits, Adam Becker.
ENGL 86800: Archival Encounters. Tuesdays, 4:15PM-6:15PM, Room TBA, 2/4 credits. Duncan Faherty and Lisa Rhody.
*You must focus on a Medieval topic for this course to count towards the Certificate **
ENGL 80700: Irrational Animals from the Middle Ages to the Present. Tuesdays, 11:45AM-1:45PM, Room TBA, 2/4 credits, Karl Steel.
FREN 81000: Sex and Single Mothers in Medieval France. Mondays, 2:00pm-4:00pm, Room TBA, 2/4 credits, Sara McDougall.
HIST 78110: Slavery and Social Hierarchies in Islamic History. Thursdays, 4:15-6:15 pm, Room TBA, 3 credits, Anna Akasoy.