Pre-Renaissance to Reformation

Teaching Assistant(s)
Brendan Lacy

This course explores the cultural history of the early modern world (1300-1650) by tracing significant moments and shifts in thought, habit, and material culture from the period. Students will also be asked to challenge and question histories and narratives that have dominated Western institutions. With this in mind, we will analyze the changing role of the human body, the lasting effects of colonialism, oral and written modes of storytelling, and the spectre of utopia and its hopeful and devastating afterlives. Throughout the course, we will examine the past not as a lifeless artefact but as a live current that continues to shape ideas informing our contemporary material culture.