Current Courses

Fall 2015

ARHS 3324 Art and Cultures of Medieval Spain

MWF 10-10:50

 This course explores the medieval world through art, architecture, music, and literature ranging from the miraculous to the preposterous, offering students a new perspective on the power of this medieval heritage.

HIST 3352 The Age of the Crusades

TTH 12:30-1:50 PM

Exploration of patterns of thought and behavior underlying and motivating the military, ideological, and general cultural confrontation between Christendom and Islam from the late 11th to the mid 14th centuries.

HIST 1322
Love, Lust and Violence in the Middle Ages

MWF 11-11:50 PM

Medieval Europe was undoubtedly rough and violent, but it also gave birth to courtly culture- raw warriors transformed into knights who performed heroic deeds, troubadours wrote epics in their honor and love songs about their ladies, women on the elite carved out a place in public discourse as patrons of the arts, and princely courts were increasingly defined by pageantry from jousing tournaments to royal coronations. This course will trace the development of this courtly culture from the twelfth to the fifteenth century, from its roots in Southern France to its spread to Northern France and then to various kingdoms in Europe. Themes will include the relationship between violence and courtliness, social class and the accessibility of culture, courly love, how ideas move and shape the world around them, and the relationship between cultural production and the political and econim spheres. As we go along, we will read an array of medieval literary sources and see how these reflected and shaped cultural and political developments in medieval Europe. The format of the course will be lecture and discussion.

HIST 3362
The Vikings

MW 3-4:20 PM

This course will introduce students to various facet of the culture and society of the Viking world, ranging from honor culture to mythology. We will also examine the evolution of Vikings from traders to raiders to settlers as they expanded and looked for new homes. We will be examining visual and archaeological sources as well as literary and historical ones.

HIST 5392-001
The Confessions and Autobiography in the West
M 3-5:50
A readings-and-discussion seminar focusing on the first autobiography in the history of human thought, St. Augustine’s Confessions.  In its exploration of the literary genre of self-revelation in the Western tradition, the course will consider first Augustine’s historical context, and proceed past the Confessions to medieval and modern variations (such as the Confessions of Jean-Jacques Rousseau and The Education of Henry Adams).  Oral and written reports and a final research paper.

ENGL 4323
TTH 9:30-10:50 AM
Advanced studies in the Canterbury Tales of Geoffrey Chaucer in relation to historical contexts, medieval poetry, and Middle English language.






The Medieval Studies Program offers a Major, Minor, and M.A. More courses are available through the Dallas Medieval Consortium. Visit Professor Wheeler, 259 Dallas Hall (214-768-2949; for more information.

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