Spring 2021 Courses

Thomas Dale

Art History 103: Religion and Art (TR 1:20-2:10) with sections

Art History 415 (Honors): Race and Cultural Encounters in Medieval Europe and the Mediterranean (TR 9:30-10:45)


Salvatore Calomino

German 755: Paleography of Medieval and Early Modern German (Tu Th 11:00-12:15)
German 392: German for Graduate Reading Knowledge II (TuTh 9:30 – 10:45)


Scott Mellor

Medieval 345: Scandinavian Tale and Ballad

The genres of ballad and tale, which originate in the distant past, have often been scorned by the literary establishment, but the fact that they survived through centuries of oral transmission until they were finally recorded in the fairly recent past testifies to their lasting existential appeal. The stories these texts tell are dashingly entertaining and often deeply disturbing: they may offer a profoundly fatalistic view of existence, but they may also voice an angry and, at the same time, humorous protest against oppression. When this narrative type was discovered by scholars and the societal elite about 1800, it inspired many first-rank Nordic authors, e.g., Hans Christian Andersen, Henrik Ibsen, Selma Lagerlöf; and in the 20th century it has cast its spell over Isak Dinesen, Villy Sørensen, and Pär Lagerkvist and its influence has moved from literary to other media today. The course examines both the original literature and its modern “imitations” as well as gives an introduction to the critical methodologies that have recently been developed to deal with this seemingly simple, but in reality highly sophisticated, narrative.


Elizabeth Lapina

History 309: The Crusades


Anne Vila

French 391: French for Reading Knowledge (TuTh 1:00 – 2:15 pm)


Pablo Ancos Garcia

Spanish 322: Survey of Early Hispanic Literature (this course is not cross-listed with Medieval Studies, but it has a significant medieval content: 50% of the class.)

Spanish 414: Literature of the Spanish Middle Ages: ‘Three Spanish Masterpieces: Poem of the Cid, Book of Good Love, and Celestina’


Samuel England

IS 266: Introduction to the Middle East

Synchronous lecture Tu. 9:30 – 10:45 AM, plus discussion secs. and asynchronous content

In this course, we separate the Middle East from the many stereotypes that American media and politicians use to label the region. Our focus will be on cultural history, addressing Arab, Iranian, Turkish, Kurdish, Amazigh, Armenian, and Israeli societies—and how those societies overlap. Questions that we will address include:

  • What do people mean when they say “the Middle East”? Is that term obsolete?
  • How have religions emerged in the area? How do they inform people’s daily lives, from ancient times through modernity?
  • What roles have arts played in the Middle East? When we talk about Middle Eastern literature, architecture, visual arts, and music, what exactly are the artworks that compel our attention?
  • If you order pastrami sandwiches in Istanbul, Cairo, and New York, what kind of 3-course meal would you have?


Kirsten Wolf

German, Nordic, and Slavic 425 The Icelandic Sagas

German, Nordic, and Slavic 408 Old Norse II