Courses and Requirements
The goal of Hamilton's Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program is to give students opportunities to explore these crucial periods in our development from a variety of perspectives by focusing on their similarities, their differences and their implications for what has followed.
We offer one dedicated Medieval and Renaissance Studies course: 223, Gender and Violence in the Middle Ages.
For complete information about the courses listed below, including prerequisites, enrollment limits and when a course is offered, consult the full descriptions under the appropriate departments.
282 Art in Renaissance Italy
ASIAN / HISTORY / RELIGIOUS STUDIES
209 Islamic History and Culture
211 Islamic Spirituality, Mysticism, and Devotion
228 History of Iran
256 Islam and Modernity in South Asia
329 Art of Devotion: Visual and Material Culture of Islam
286 The Byzantine Empire
LITERATURE AND CREATIVE WRITING
156 Shakespeare and Film
221 Introduction to Old English
222 Chaucer: Gender and Genre
293 The Making of English
323 Other Worlds in Middle English Literature
329 When God Shakes a Kingdom
337 Medieval Women and the Written Word
339 Global Shakespeare
368 The Medium is the Message
412 Public Play
425 Shakespeare in Context
439 Race and Nation in the Middle Ages
406 Comic Visions
438 The Mediterranean world in French literature and culture, from the Crusades to pre-colonization
330/430 Early Modern Spanish Drama
126 Conquest of the Americas
146 Christianity to 1500
150 Myth and History in the Middle Ages
160 Medieval Europe and the Mediterranean
202 Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages
207 Europe and the Mediterranean 1100-1500
286 The Byzantine Empire
295 The Crusades
320 Power and Lordship in Medieval Europe
326 Rebels, Radicals and Reformers
339 Columbus’s Library
351 Race, Science, and the Origins of the Modern World
223 Saints and Sinners in Dante’s Inferno
MEDIEVAL AND RENAISSANCE STUDIES
223 Gender and Violence in the Middle Ages
220: From Chant to Bach
Gender and Violence in the Middle Ages.
This course serves as an introduction to the field of Medieval and Renaissance Studies. Drawing on multiple disciplinary perspectives, including those of literature, law, history, and art, we will examine the intersection of ideas about the body, gender, and violence in the European Middle Ages. Readings may include the Bible and early patristic writings; the lives of saints; poems and advice manuals on courtly love; depictions of women in the Crusades; Icelandic sagas; and perspectives on the trial of Joan of Arc. Prerequisite, One 100-level course in literature or history, or AP 4 or 5 in English or history. (History). (Same as Literature and Creative Writing 223 and History 223.) Maximum enrollment, 24.
Martyrdom in Antiquity.
The word “martyrdom” is a site of live debate about ethics, from religious extremist martyrs to the label “martyr complex.” Who is willing to suffer, and for what? Is that willingness justifiable, pathological, or terrorism? Must one die, or is it enough to suffer?. Christians in antiquity also asked these questions in response to persecution under the Roman Empire, as well as in the centuries after. Others in antiquity too considered the difference between suicide and noble, voluntary death. We will analyze the phenomenon of martyrdom in antiquity through a variety of textual attestation. (Writing-intensive.) Prerequisite, One course at the 200-level or above in RELST, CLASC or MDRST. (Same as Religious Studies 330 and Classics 330.) Maximum enrollment, 12. Sarah Griffis.
Philosophy and Revelation: Maimonides' Guide of the Perplexed.
In this course students undertake a careful study of Moses Maimonides’ Jewish-philosophical masterpiece, the Guide of the Perplexed. Class sessions will be devoted to analyzing the text and exploring the book’s major philosophical and theological themes: the relation between science and religion, the nature of God, creation versus eternity, prophecy, divine providence and the problem of evil, law and politics, and the purpose of human existence. Prerequisite, One course in RELST, PHIL, MDRST, or Middle East & Islamic World Studies. (Same as Religious Studies 335.) Maximum enrollment, 12. Yonatan Shemesh.
(from the Hamilton Course Catalogue)