Weekly via Zoom, 16 Mar – 18 May 2022. This course, will tackle complex themes by reading and discussing canonical and lesser-known English Renaissance texts that feature Jewish characters and Jewish questions. Topics that range from medieval literary precedents to Elizabethan theater conventions will be examined, reading excerpts from Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales, Christopher Marlowe’s The Jew of Malta, William Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice, and much more. This class is open to anyone interested in the topic.
The role of images and materiality in the medieval West, especially Denmark, religious objects, mainly figures and images, frequently animated and acquired life.
The seeds of the swift and sweeping religious movement that reshaped European thought in the 1500s were sown in the late Middle Ages.