Prerequisite: Completion of the Aesthetic Appreciation requirement of the Core. Intended for Honors Program students, English majors and art history majors; others may enroll with permission of the instructors. (Course is offered as needed/3 credits)
This course investigates the real and perceived threats to cultural self-understanding in Western Europe during the Middle Ages. Course topics center on the visual and literary representations of menace: the forms of monstrosity, the threatening female, the exoticism of the East, the depictions of death and judgment and the realm of the demonic. Authors and artists included Boccaccio, Dante, Chaucer, Giotto and Bosch.