Offered This Year

Explore the meaning of Medieval manuscripts in MEDI 451: Reading, Writing and the Book in The Medieval World.

Georgia Angelopoulos, guest lecturer, demonstrates medieval ink making and drawing techniques to medieval students.

Understand today’s relationship between Islam and Christianity through the lens of the Medieval Era

The cloisters at St. Sauveur Cathedral in Aix,

Summer 2023

MEDI 330: Medievalism

Topic: Churches, Graves and Castles: 'Medieval' Victoria

An exploration of post-medieval uses of the Middle Ages. Addresses artistic, intellectual, spiritual or political applications of medieval history, imagery and cultural practices. Topics may include comic book medievalism, historical reenactment and role play, video games, Neo-Gothic revivalism, museum conservation, ethno-nationalism and nostalgia.

This year, MEDI 330 will be cross listed with AHVS 392. If you are asked to waitlist when registering, please consider registering for AHVS in order to enroll directly in the class. 


MEDI: 31323

AHVS: 31311

Fall 2023

MEDI 100: Enter the Middle Ages

This thematic introduction to the medieval world will emphasize the interdisciplinarity of Medieval Studies and the methodological approaches of its cognate disciplines. Content will be structured and presented as a series of interconnected thematic units, including “Faith Traditions,” “Lords and Land,” “Books and Learning,” “Village and Town,” “Artists and Craftspeople” and “Knights and Warfare.” Conceptions of the Middle Ages will also be explored, ranging from the pejorative opinions of Renaissance Humanists to the Romantics’ idealism and re-enactments in contemporary film, literature and gaming.
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This course will emphasize scholarly approaches to both the Middle Ages and modern renderings of medieval material. Upon completion of MEDI 100, students will recognize the principal social, political and religious phenomena that defined the medieval world, including the impact of intercultural dialogue between Christian, Jewish and Muslim communities.

 Instructor: Dr. Michael Reed

MEDI 303: The Medieval World

An interdisciplinary introduction to the Middle Ages through a comparative overview of medieval cultures and civilizations until about CE 1500, with a focus on the formation of medieval Christian Europe and its relations with Judaism, Byzantine Christianity, and Islam.

Instructor: Dr. Michael Reed

MEDI 360: Selected topics in Medieval Culture

Topic: Jews in Medieval English Literature

This course explores Medieval English Literature through its interaction with Jews. One central thread of this course will be literature written by Jews in England. We will pay attention to how they relate to England—predominantly as a place or its literary traditions. Another strand will be looking at texts written about Jews by non-Jewish (Christian) medieval English authors. Finally we will look at how one medieval Jew who is not connected to England relates to one of the central stories of England: the Arthurian legend.

Instructor: Dr. Shamma Boyarin

Spring 2024

MEDI 200: Myths and Legends of the Middle Ages

Heroes, Beasts, and Other-worldly Beings

This thematic introduction to selected myths and legends of the medieval world will emphasize heroes, fantastic animals, other-worldly beings and syncretic myth-making practices. Topics will include contexts for the use(s) of heroic and fantastic stories in various cultural and faith traditions (including Scandinavian, Chinese and Islamic); the relationship(s) between textual and visual depictions of heroes and fantastic stories; and the resonance of medieval heroism and the fantastic in contemporary societies. This course will emphasize scholarly approaches to medieval and modern renderings of myth and legend. Upon completion of MEDI 200, students will be apprised of the variety and use of heroic and fantastic stories in the medieval world.

Instructor: Dr. Michael Reed

MEDI 320: Medieval Voices

Topic: Petrarch

Did Petrarch kill the Middle Ages?

Instructor: Dr. Joseph Grossi

MEDI 330: Selected Topics in Medievalism

Topic: Musical Medievalism From Stage to Screen

This course is for upper level students and is a graduate level seminar. Seats are limited and approval must be given to register through the School of Music. Music literacy would be beneficial, but not required. Please email about registration.

Instructor: Dr. Alexis Luko

Thursday 10 - 12:50


MEDI 360: Selected Topics in Medieval Culture

Topic: Geoffery Chaucer

 Instructor: Dr. Allan Mitchell

For full course information, please see the UVic Academic Calendar.

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