Medieval and Renaissance Studies courses

Medieval and Renaissance Studies courses

Course Schedule

Fall 2020

 

Day

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

08:30-9:50

 

 

LCL 1101A

MDV 3500/CLA 3510

PHI 2382

 

08:30-11:30

 

FRA 3561

MUS 4701

MDV 5100

 

10:00-11:20

LCL 1101A

 

MDV 3500/CLA 3510

PHI 2382

 

LCL 1101A

 

11:30-12:50

 

LCL 2503

THE 2131

THE 2531

POL-B 2107

 

LCL 1101B

POL 2507

 

 

 

 

ENG 2105

LCL 2503

CLT 1132

13:00-14:20

 

 

 

ENG 2105

LCL 2503

CLT 1132

 

LCL 2503

THE 2131

THE 2531

LCL 1101B

POL-B 2107

LCL 1101B

POL 2507

14:30-15:50

MUS 2731

 

 

SRS 2380

LCL 2103

 

 

ENG 3133

LCL1501

LCL 2103

14:30-17:20

ART 1760

ART 1360

 

ITA 3106

ART 1760

ENG 3323

MDV 2100

ENG 2105

MUS 2331

 

16:00-17:20

 

SRS 2380

LCL1501

MDV 2100

LCL 2103

MUS 2331

ENG 3133

LCL1501

MUS 2731

 

Evening

17:30-18:50

POL-C 2107

 

POL-C 2107

 

 

19:00-21:50

 

ARB 2101

 

SRS/CLA 2382

 

Online course offered by St-Paul University

 

 

Winter 2021

 

Day

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

08:30-9:50

 

 

 

LCL 1102

MDV 3100/CLA 3110

 

ENG 3340

PHI 2381

CLA 2531

08:30-11:30

 

 

MDV 4100

 

 

10:00-11:20

 

LCL 1102

MDV 3100/CLA 3110

 

ENG 3340

PHI 2381

CLA 2531

LCL 1102

 

11:30-12:50

CLT 2150

MDV 2500

ENG 3135

PHI 2782

 

13:00-14:20

ENG 3135

PHI 2782

 

CLT 2150

MDV 2500

14:30-15:50

 

HIS 2335

LCL 1502

LCL 3102

ENG 4148

 

HIS 2735

MUS 2331

LCL 1502

14:30-17:20

MDV 5900

 

 

ENG 2112

 

16:00-17:20

 

 

HIS 2735

MUS 2331

LCL 1502

HIS 2335

LCL 3102

Evening

17:30-18:50

 

 

 

 

 

19:00-21:50

 

FRA 1746

 

 

 

 

Online course offered by St-Paul University

  • Winter 2021 : N/A

 

 

MDV course description

Fall 2020

MDV 2100 - Introduction to Medieval and Renaissance Civilization: "Travelers and Travel in the Middle Ages and Renaissance"  

Professor Andrew Taylor

Whether to trade, raid, or go on diplomatic missions or pilgrimages to holy sites, medieval and Renaissance people travelled from one end of the world to the other. How did they manage to travel so far and what did they learn from their travels? To find possible answers, we will examine some of the greatest travelers of the time (among them Marco Polo, Ibn Battuta, Benjamin of Tudela, and Margery Kempe) and one armchair traveler (Margaret, Duchess of Burgundy), who used a book to go on a virtual pilgrimage to Rome.

Monday 4 to 5:20 pm; Wednesday 2:30 to 4:00 pm

MDV 3500 - Thème choisi en études médiévales et de la Renaissance : "L'Histoire Auguste"

Professeure Marie-Pierre Bussières

L’Histoire Auguste est un recueil de biographies d’empereurs, de césars et d’usurpateurs des 2e et 3e siècles, d’Hadrien (117) à Carin (285). Cette œuvre présente un intérêt tant historique que littéraire, puisque d’une part il s’agit de la source historique latine la plus abondante pour la période qui va de la mort de Commode jusqu’à la tétrarchie de Dioclétien, et que d’autre part elle offre plusieurs niveaux de lecture qui, selon l’heureuse formule de François Paschoud, recréent « un passé semblable au présent ». En effet, l’auteur semble avoir inventé beaucoup des faits qu’il rapporte, notamment afin de critiquer ou louer, en transparence, des empereurs du 4e siècle, plus près de son époque, en tissant en filigrane des événements calqués sur ceux qu’il rapporte. Les biographies se lisent dès lors comme des exemples ou contre-exemples, devant servir d’exhortations à l’adresse du pouvoir, une forme narrative appelée à une bonne fortune au Moyen âge et à la Renaissance. Ce cours est aussi offert sous la cote HIS/CLA 3510

Mardi 10h-11h20 ; Jeudi 8h30-9h50

MDV 5100 - Medieval and Renaissance Studies Research Methods and Tools

Professor Andrew Taylor

How do you read an old manuscript? How do you find your way through an archive? This course will provide some preliminary answers, introducing you to the experience of working with a range of medieval and early modern books and documents.

Thursday 8:30 a.m.- 11:20 p.m.

 

Winter 2021

MDV2500 – Initiation à la civilisation médiévale et de la Renaissance : "Mythes du Moyen Âge et de la Renaissance d'hier à aujourd'hui"

Professeure Kouky Fianu

Dès le 18e siècle, le Moyen Âge a suscité un intérêt souvent fantasmé, entre la dénonciation d’une période obscure et la glorification d’un passé chrétien. De nos jours encore, il est réinterprété et ré-imaginé, aussi bien dans la littérature, le cinéma, le théâtre ou les jeux, que dans la discipline historique. Ce cours a pour objectif d’explorer et de comprendre le sens de ces multiples manifestations modernes du Moyen Âge et de la Renaissance. Comment saisir, par exemple, les débats autour de la reconstruction de la cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris incendiée en 2019 sans comprendre ce que ce bâtiment représente depuis sa construction au XIIIe siècle, sa mise en scène dans la littérature, sa « restauration » massive au XIXe siècle et son symbolisme touristique ? C’est ce Moyen Âge et cette Renaissance régulièrement réinventés au cours des 3 derniers siècles que le cours s’attachera à explorer dans une dimension pluridisciplinaire.

Mardi 11h30 - 12:50 et vendredi 13h00 - 14h20

MDV 3100 - Selected topics in Medieval and Renaissance Studies : "The Byzantine Empire"

Professeur Geoffrey Greatrex

The course will take as its theme the eastern part of the Roman empire, commonly known as ‘Byzantine’, and trace its evolution from the fourth century to the fifteenth. Given the large field to be covered, we shall go into depth only on certain central issues, e.g. the role of orthodoxy in shaping the Byzantine identity and the iconoclast controversy, the administration and elites of the empire, its literature (and role in preserving classical works), its art and its diplomatic role (and relations with the West and the Islamic states). Inevitably, certain periods and emperors will attract more attention than others, e.g. those of Constantine, Justinian, Heraclius, Constantine Porphyrogenitus, Basil II and the Comnenian dynasty. Course is also offered as CLA/HIS 3110.

Monday 10:00 - 11:20 a.m. ; Wednesday 8:30 - 9:50 a.m.

MDV 5900 - Séminaire de recherche interdisciplinaire / Interdisciplinary Research Seminar 

Professeure Kouky Fianu

Séminaire bilingue à thèmes variables destiné à explorer le sens et la valeur du travail interdisciplinaire en études médiévales et modernes. / Bilingual seminar using varying themes as a vehicle for exploring the meaning and value of interdisciplinary work in medieval and modern studies

Monday 2:30 - 5:20 p.m.

MDV 4100 - Seminar in Medieval and Renaissance Studies : "Silk and Spices.  East and West"

Professor James Nelson Novoa

What cultural and commercial relations existed between Asia and Europe in the Middle Ages and Early Modern Period?  What did Europeans know about or imagine what Asia was like?  How did Asia affect the consumption of food, clothing and leisure among medieval and Renaissance Europeans? By drawing upon Classical sources, Medieval geography and travel accounts from the thirteenth to the seventeenth century students will consider these questions.  The course will rely upon original sources in translation, secondary literature, visual culture, cartography and material culture which will be provided to them by the instructor.  It will be in hybrid format with in-class and on-line lectures and activities.  Students are to contribute to a class blog on a weekly basis in which they will engage with a commodity and we will make regular use of the university’s digital and printed resources with some classes taught at the Archives and Special Collections at the Morisset Library.  

Wednesday 8:30 - 11:20 a.m.

 

Relevent selected topic courses

Fall 2020

MUS 4701 Séminaire I : "Le compositeur au Moyen Âge et à la Renaissance"

Professeur.e à déterminer

Le séminaire se concentrera sur les aspects suivants : le nom du compositeur dans la tradition manuscrite, l’iconographie du compositeur, originalité, plagiat et contrôle de l’œuvre,  le contrat d’imprimeur avec les compositeurs, le phénomène de célébrité chez les chanteurs/ compositeurs.

Mercredi 8h30-11h20

 

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PREVIOUS COURSES

MDV courses can be taken and acknowledged in your transcript several times provided that the theme is different.

 Winter 2020

MDV2500 (H2020) – Initiation à la civilisation médiévale et de la Renaissance. Marchands, pèlerins et messagers : les voyageurs au Moyen Âge

Professor: Amélie Marineau-Pelletier

Qu’elles soient religieuses, commerciales ou culturelles, nombreuses étaient les motivations qui ont poussé les hommes et femmes de la fin du Moyen Âge et de la Renaissance à partir sur les routes malgré les dangers qui y étaient associés. Comment le voyageur, qu’il soit pèlerin, marchand ou messager, percevait-il l’espace au Moyen Âge ? Comment les voyages ont-ils transformé la représentation de l’espace et du monde en Europe ? Ce cours d’initiation à la civilisation médiévale explorera les représentations du monde produites par les voyageurs entre le XIIIe et le XVIe siècle, en interrogeant une variété de documents à la fois textuels, iconographiques et cartographiques.

SRS4507/MDV4507 - Thèmes choisis en religion et culture: “La civilisation islamique (7e - 16e siècles)

Professeur Michel Gardaz

Fall 2019

MDV 2100 - Introduction to Medieval and Renaissance Civilization: Love, Sex, and Marriage in the Middle Ages and Renaissance  

Professor Andrew Taylor

Can there be love at first sight? Should marriages be based on the meeting of two souls or are they basically business arrangements? Does love make us better human beings or worse ones? How can society control sexual activity? How do people resist these controls? Medieval and Renaissance people argued passionately over these questions and explored them in poetry, music, and art, and legal codes and theological debates. These early treatments of love, sex, and marriage continue to influence us to this day.

MDV 3100 - Interconnected Worlds. Silk Roads and Spice Routes

Professor James Nelson Novoa

This course will concentrate on European and Asian cultural connections during the Middle Ages and the Early Modern period. Drawing upon a wide variety of primary sources in translation, early maps, art, food and film it will study the intricate and surprising mutual influences between parts of the globe known as east and west. 

Hybrid course.

HIS 3105A - From Source to Text : Medieval and Early Modern "Russia" (Kiev Rus' and Muscovy)

Professor Corinne Gaudin

This course has two main goals. The first, most obvious one, is to survey the history of Rus’ and Muscovy (the regions now divided among the nations of Russia, Ukraine and Belorus) from the 10th through 17th  centuries. Key topics will include Kiev Rus’ (10th-13th centuries) and christianisation, the impact of Mongol conquest and rule (13th-15th centuries), the rise of the centralized state of Muscovy (15th-16th), the troubled consolidation of tsarist power under the Romanovs (17th century). Several themes run through the entire period: the role of outside influence on Rus/Muscovite culture and institutions (Byzantium, Mongol, European); the changing nature of political power (ideologies of rule as well as resistance and dissent); the role of faith and the Orthodox church; the rise of relations of dependence among social groups (declining independence of nobles, rise of serfdom).

The other goal of the course will be explore the relation between historical myths, received ideas, and evidence. We will closely examine a broad range of primary sources (images, law codes, chronicles, archeological evidence, travelers’ accounts, etc) in order to better understand the role of narratives and myths in framing the production and reading of evidence. After all, the history of medieval and early modern Russia – the period from the 9th though the 17th centuries – has long been understood through simplistic myths that have colored not only how we understand Russia today, but how historians have read and interpreted historical evidence. Stories about Mongol invasions that allegedly cut Russia off from Europe, or about Ivan the Terrible’s alleged propensity for torturing puppies and kittens, or Russians’ alleged love of authoritarian leaders, are regularly cited to explain everything from the Russian Revolution to Putin. This course will address these and other myths by returning to the historical evidence and trying to understand where they come from and why they persist. In short, how we can know what we think we know?

Interested MDV or RUS students who do not have the required history credits to register can contact the professor to inquire about special permission to register in the course.

 

HIS 4762A - Thème choisi en histoire européenne. Reconnaitre et juger les agents du Diable : La sorcellerie en Europe (XIVe-XVIIe siècles)

Professeur Kouky Fianu

Ce cours de niveau 4000 a pour objectif d’étudier le développement de la sorcellerie en Europe (XIVe-XVIIe siècle). La figure du sorcier et de la sorcière se développe à partir de celle de l’hérétique, caractérisé par la désobéissance aux normes dictées par l’Église. La sorcellerie telle qu’elle se manifeste au XVe siècle associe des pratiques occultes, magiques, à la présence du Diable, pour élaborer un personnage menaçant la société tout entière. Nous analyserons des documents produits entre XIVe et XVIIe siècle (traités, procès, récits, images) pour comprendre la manière dont les sorciers et les sorcières ont été décrits et perçus, mais aussi comment leur description a évolué au cours des siècles. Nous tenterons de saisir qui étaient ces agents diaboliques qui terrorisèrent les Européens.

 

Winter 2019

MDV 2500 Vivre, travailler et prier en ville à la fin du Moyen Âge (XIIe-XVIe siècle)
Professeur : Amélie Marineau-Pelletier

L’essor et le dynamisme qui caractérisent les mondes urbains en Europe à partir du XIIe siècle ont conduit au développement d’institutions originales : les universités en sont un bel exemple. Les villes furent un laboratoire d’expériences communautaires qui ont encore un écho dans le paysage urbain actuel. Mais comment se traduisaient ces expériences de la vie citadine à la fin du Moyen Âge ? Ce cours vise à explorer et à comprendre les relations entre l’espace urbain et les différentes pratiques sociales, politiques, commerciales et religieuses propres à la société médiévale.

MDV 4100 Silk Roads, Spice Roads
Professor James Nelson Novoa

This course will take up accounts of European and Asian cultural interaction from the Middle Ages until the Early Modern period. It will chronicle the origins and development of the silk road of trade throughout the centuries by relying on travel accounts and primary sources in English translation. It will also consider the importance of the spice trade as a factor for European exploration and travel which extended to Asia and Africa and how in turn these commodities influenced European culture, habits and behaviour. The course will take into account primary sources, critical literature and film to get students to reflect critically on Asian and European cultural encounters over the centuries which will be provided to students by brightspace. The course will be taught with the participation of colleagues from the Centre of History of the University of Lisbon who are experts in the fields of medieval Islam, European travel to Asia, and missionaries in Asia.

Hybrid course.

 

Fall 2018

MDV 2100 War and Chivalry
Professor Andrew Taylor

How do you persuade young men to kill each other? How do you persuade them not to kill each other too much? The medieval code of chivalry tried to answer these two questions, celebrating certain kinds of war and condemning others. The course will explore the varieties of medieval and early modern warfare, the way violence was ritualized in tournaments and jousts, the role of women both in promoting and in discouraging violence, and the effect of war on the civilian population.

MDV 3100 Imagined Worlds, Discovered Worlds
Professor James Nelson Novoa

What did Europeans in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries believe they had “discovered” when they encountered the American continent and its peoples?  What image had they fashioned of the new lands they thought that they would find, their landscapes, flora, fauna and inhabitants? What were they expecting to find they and why were they surprised, disappointed or amazed by what they encountered? This course seeks to enter the mindset of the early European explorers by drawing upon a number of sources which had been at the basis of the construction of the European imagination, largely grounded in Classical texts and the alleged Asian travel accounts in Asia. Students will use primary sources, early cartography and film to critically study the theme. Among the authors considered will be Marco Polo, John of Montecorvino, John of Mandeville, Christopher Columbus, Pêro Vaz de Caminha, Hernán Cortés, Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca, Jacques Cartier and Fernão Mendes Pinto in English translations which will be provided to the students through Brightspace.

Hybrid course.

ITA 3106/MDV3100B The Italian Renaissance
Professor Cristina Perissinotto

Critical discussion of plays, poems, fiction and art representative of major writer, painters and architects from the Renaissance. Discussion of their relevance to the present time. Study of texts by authors such as Machiavelli, Galileo, Marino, Colonna, Ariosto, and others. All readings are in translation.

Hybrid course.

Winter 2018

CLA 3110 B/HIS 3110/MDV 3100 Topics in Ancient History: The Age of Justinian
Professor Geoffrey Greatrex

The reconquest of the western Mediterranean, the Justinanic Code, the Empress Theodora, the ‘Early Medieval Pandemic’
 

ITA 3106/MDV3100B -- The Italian Renaissance
Professor Cristina Perissinotto

Critical discussion of plays, poems, fiction and art representative of major writer, painters and architects from the Renaissance. Discussion of their relevance to the present time. Study of texts by authors such as Machiavelli, Galileo, Marino, Colonna, Ariosto, and others. All readings are in translation. This is a hybrid course.

MDV2500 Voyages et voyageurs au Moyen Âge

Professor : Amélie Marineau-Pelletier

Qu’elles soient religieuses, commerciales ou culturelles, nombreuses étaient les motivations qui ont poussé les hommes de la fin du Moyen Âge et de la Renaissance à partir sur les routes malgré les dangers qui y étaient associés. Comment le voyageur, qu’il soit pèlerin, marchand, messager ou intellectuel, percevait-il l’étranger au Moyen Âge? Ce cours analysera les représentations de l’espace et les visions du monde produites par ces voyageurs entre le XIIIe et le XVIe siècle, en interrogeant une variété de documents à la fois textuels, iconographiques et cartographiques.

MDV/HIS3116 Russian Social and Institutional History prior to Peter The Great Medieval and Early Modern ‘Russia’ (Kiev Rus’ and Muscovy)Professor Corinne Gaudin

The history of medieval and early modern Russia – the period from the 9th though the 17th centuries – has long been understood through simplistic myths that have colored not only how we understand Russia today, but how historians have read and interpreted historical evidence. Stories about Mongol invasions that allegedly cut Russia off from Europe, or about Ivan the Terrible’s alleged propensity for  torturing puppies and kittens, or Russians’ alleged love of authoritarian leaders, are regularly cited to explain everything from serfdom to Stalin. This course will address these and other myths by returning to the historical evidence.  The goal of the course will be to closely examine a broad range of primary sources (images, graffiti, law codes, chronicles, archeological evidence, etc.) in order to better understand not only the history of “Russia” (in fact called Kiev Rus and Muscovy in these periods), but also the role of narratives and myths in framing the reading of evidence.  In short, how we can know what we think we know?

MDV 3500/DHN 3700/HIS 3798 : Paris, médiéval et virtuel
Professeur Kouky Fianu

À la croisée de l’histoire médiévale et des humanités numériques, ce cours permet aux étudiants de se familiariser avec les systèmes d’information géographique tout autant qu’avec la recherche en histoire culturelle du Moyen Âge. Leur tâche consistera à construire et à insérer une couche d’informations relatives aux producteurs de livre à Paris à la fin du XIIIe siècle dans la plateforme publique en ligne ALPAGE (Analyse diachronique de l’espace urbain parisien : approche géomatique).

MDV 4100/ESP 5912A  Voyages, Encounters and Misunderstandings in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance
Professor James Nelson Novoa 

Fall 2017

MDV 2100: Defining Otherness in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance
Professor James Nelson Novoa

MDV 5100 Medieval and Renaissance Studies Research Methods and Tools 
Professor Andrew Taylor 

How do you read an old manuscript? How do you find your way through an archive? This course will provide some preliminary answers, introducing you to the experience of working with a range of medieval and early modern books and documents.  

Summer 2017 EM Summer School in Medieval Studies 2017 - Discovering the End of the World: Portugal as a Central Periphery
Portugal, Batalha, 17-21 July, 2017. Registration open until: 15 June http://iem.fcsh.unl.pt/section.aspx?kind=noticia&id=1190

For more information contact Professor James Nelson Novoa

Winter 2017

MDV 2500 - Initiation à la civilisation médiévale et de la Renaissance
Jeanne d’Arc : prophète, mythe, sainte et hérétique (XV
e-XXe siècles)
Professeur Kouky FIANU

Active sur la scène politique médiévale pendant deux ans seulement (1429-1431), Jeanne d’Arc est l’une des figures marquantes de l’histoire occidentale. Présentée tour à tour comme prophète, hérétique ou sainte, son mythe a traversé les siècles, porté par différents mouvements religieux, culturels ou politiques.

Le cours est consacré à l’analyse du « phénomène Jeanne d’Arc » : quelle image en a-t-on donné et pourquoi ? De quoi cette jeune fille est-elle la manifestation, entre le 15e et le 20e siècle ? Quels usages a-t-on fait de la Pucelle ?

Cours ouvert à l’ensemble de la communauté universitaire.

MDV 3500 - Thèmes choisis en études médiévales et de la Renaissance

Information: Prof. Mawy Bouchard (mboucha2@uottawa.ca)
La structure universitaire telle que nous la connaissons aujourd’hui a été fondée au Moyen Âge. À cette époque et encore à la Renaissance, l’éducation se fonde en grande partie sur les arts libéraux. Toutefois, ces disciplines ont pu être enseignées selon des méthodes et des classifications différentes et dans des types d’établissements très divers.

Le cours permettra d’explorer les différentes façons de concevoir et de classifier les disciplines, puis de découvrir les savoirs transmis dans plusieurs types d’école qui se sont développées pendant cette période culturelle mouvementée. Nous examinerons les programmes de ces écoles en lien avec la conception des savoirs et des valeurs à transmettre. Ce cours visera ainsi à offrir plusieurs portes d’entrée pour comprendre la culture et les mentalités dans lesquelles ont évolué les lettrés. Il permettra également de mettre en perspective les débats actuels autour de la mission de l’université.

PHI-4384A - Philosophical Texts

Instructor: Antoine Côté
What is it I know when I truly know something: (a) a physical object in extra-mental reality, (b) a proposition, (c) a sentence, (d) a state of affairs, (e) or perhaps some other entity? If (a), do I cognize that object directly or do I need some representational device, such as a concept? If (b), (c), (d), or (e), what is the status of such entities? Are they real, purely mental, or do they fall under some other kind of sui generis ontological category? And if mental, does that mean that knowledge is only about the contents of my mind? These are some of the questions that we will be dealing with in this seminar, focusing on the answers provided by such luminaries as Thomas Aquinas, Duns Scotus, William Ockham, Peter Aureol, Robert Holcot, and Adam Wodeham, but sometimes peaking ahead to the discussions of Meinong and Husserl. These discussions will take us to the heart of some of the most fundamental and perennial questions of metaphysics and the theory of cognition. The solutions explored by Wodeham and others pave the way to phenomenology; those discussed by Aureol and Ockham set the stage for so-called demon scenarios in modern philosophy and debates regarding the attainability of certitude in knowledge.

Most readings will be taken from The Cambridge Translations of Medieval Philosophical Texts, volume three: Mind and Knowledge (Cambridge: CUP, 2002), tr. R. Pasnau.

Students will be evaluated on the basis of a 15-minute oral presentation, weekly précis, and a term paper.

If you have 21 credits of philosophy you are eligible to take this course; if you have fewer than 21 credits but are interested in the topic, are attracted by the idea of working in a fourth-year seminar setting, and think you are sufficiently prepared, please contact me at antoine.cote@uottawa.ca

  • N.B. MDV courses can be taken several times as long as the theme is different.

 

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