Course module - The Body And Society: Christianity In The West, 300-1500
Code : RELT20232 Credit rating: 20 Semester : 2
To introduce you to the history of Christianity in the Middle Ages, focusing on the body as a contested site of self and group definition.
Objectives (Learning Outcomes)
By the end of this course unit you will normally:
- be able to show a familiarity with a range of historiographically central problems in the study of medieval Christianity;
- be able to show how your views are supported by direct critical engagement with the primary sources.
• One 2,300-2,500 word essay: 40% of your mark
• One 2-hour written examination during the examination period: 60%
Free Choice : Yes
This course unit offers a new approach to the rise of Christianity as a world religion, from the conversion of the first Roman Emperor to the beginning of the Renaissance. We will approach Christianity as a religion focussed to an extraordinary degree on the body, its appetites and weaknesses, and will pay special attention to how concerns about food, sleep, sex, gender, and death shaped issues of community and religious status. The course unit involves close work with written sources.
To be confirmed
Lecture: Thursday 10:00 - 12:00
Seminar: Tuesday 12:00 - 13:00
3 hours lectures/workshop
P. Brown, The Body and Society: Men, Women, and Sexual Renunciation in Early Christianity (New York, 1988); Patrick Geary, ‘Furta Sacra’: Thefts of Relics in the Central Middle Ages (rev. Princeton, 1991)