Pre-Renissance to Reformation

Teaching Assistant(s)
Zach Ropel-Morski
Wendy Yuan

The course explores the cultural history of the early modern world (1000-1650) and traces significant moments and shifts in thought, habit, and material culture from the period. We will glimpse the early modern era and its material world through an unearthing of its dreams and nightmares, affect and logic, limits and transgressions, and generation of work and play. The course will investigate how time and space are inflected by modes of communication, cultural encounters, and ritual practices, by way of oral narratives and pilgrimage, and through the invention of the printing press. Students will analyse major shifts in architectural design habits that produced a transformation from oral to written to pictorial modes of communication throughout the period.