900 State Street
Salem, Oregon 97301
This course is designed to introduce students to the major intellectual currents in Medieval culture ca 400-1500 B.C.E. Selections will be drawn from a diverse range of genres, including philosophy, poetry, devotional writings, letters, autobiographies, and visions. Authors will include Augustine, Boethius, Abelard, Maimonides, Jewish and Muslin poets of Andalusian Spain, Marie de France, Chretien de Troyes, de Lorris and de Meun, Mechtild of Magdeburg, Dante, and Christine de Pizan. Topics will include the persistence and rebirth of Greco-Roman intellectual traditions, the rise of vernacular literature and the literature of courtly love, medieval philosophy and the rise of scholasticism, pilgrimages of the soul, and the influence of Islamic and Jewish cultures on intellectual traditions in the West. Readings will focus particularly on the relationship between love and knowledge, the nature of the ultimate good, and the development of individual and community identity.
Prerequisite: One History course, or consent of instructor.