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Cord Whitakar: The Middle Ages Now

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Class Level: All levels
Age Requirements: 18 and older
Average Class Size: 12
Teacher: Cord Whitaker

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Cord Whitakar: The Middle Ages Now, Looking for the European Middle Ages in Modern Life

The Middle Ages permeate our 21st-century lives. The period between the years 500 and 1500 C.E. appear in our entertainment, in our art, in our politics, and in our current events—in ways obvious and in ways subtle and easy to miss.

In this course, author and Wellesley College professor of English Cord Whitaker will explore the legacies of the Middle Ages that inhere in our everyday lives. Participants will consider both the historical Middle Ages as well as medievalism—or the deployment of modern ideas about the Middle Ages. We will devote each of four meetings to 1) the Middle Ages in popular culture; 2) the Middle Ages in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, especially in the arts and culture associated with the Harlem Renaissance; 3) far-right and anti-Semitic politics of the twentieth and 21st centuries, including Nazism and the alt-right; 4) and contemporary black-white racial politics, from U.S. slavery to current debates over policing.

Course materials will include video clips, such as from the popular Harry Potter film adaptations and HBO’s television drama Game of Thrones; readings from short stories such as W.E.B. Du Bois’s “The Princess Steel” (c. 1908) and popular novels such as Sir Walter Scott’s Ivanhoe (1820) and Jessie Redmon Fauset’s Plum Bun (1928); readings from historical scholarly writing such as W.E.B. Du Bois’s The Souls of Black Folk (1903) and Alain Locke’s “The New Negro” (1925); and readings from contemporary scholarship on the medieval history of race, on deployments of the Middle Ages in modernity, and on medievalism’s place in politics.

The Middle Ages are all around us. After this course, participants will be better equipped to see their legacy.


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Note: This provider has a temporary cancellation policy for COVID-19 related cancellations which is as follows:

Cancellations made 3 or more days in advance will receive a full credit for a rescheduled date with this provider   

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Please allow three to four weeks for processing of your refund request. Processing fees, membership fees, auditions fees and class or exercise cards are not refundable. No cash refunds.

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