Premodern Times: A User's Manual


How has thinking with premodern cultures shaped criticism? Seminar explores aspects of medieval Euro-Mediterranean cultures as perennial objects of thought, investigating the ways the surviving writing and images mark key theoretical models. Inquiry proceeds by pairs of works. We debate a mode of thinking by examining critical essays with premodern works. Writers include Christine de Pizan, Alain Chartier, troubadour poets; critics such as Agamben, Boucheron, Memmi, Schlanger. Modes such as gender & sexuality; visual culture; political thought; multilingual poetics and practice. Works in translation; readings in original language and preceptorial meetings for majors/graduate students.
Curriculum Codes
  • CCI
  • ALP
Cross-Listed As
  • ARTHIST 532S
  • FRENCH 530S
  • HISTORY 508S
  • LIT 541S
  • ROMST 531S
Typically Offered
Fall and/or Spring