Summer 2009

HUMS 642
Medieval Paris


08/03/2009 - 08/07/2009
Monday-Friday 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM

Travel course to Paris.
This travel course held in Paris will introduce students to life in Paris during the Middle Ages. It will begin with a rapid overview of the development of Paris from the mesolithic period through late antiquity, but will focus on Paris in the central and later Middle Ages (1100-1500). We will look at the growth and geographical expansion of the city, as well as its architecture, art, music, government and daily life. Before leaving for Paris, students will read and "discuss," via the internet, medieval descriptions of life in the city (such as those by Alexander Neckam from 1177-78, Jean de Jandun from 1323, a fourteenth-century Parisian knight from 1392-1394, Guillebert de Metz from 1407-1434, and an unknown citizen of Paris from 1405-1449), as well as other works from the period (such as Abbot Suger's description of the construction of the abbey church of Saint Denis, the letters of Eloise and Abelard, Chrétien de Troyes's Story of the Grail, and Christine de Pisan's Vision), and works by modern scholars (like Sharon Farmer's Surviving Poverty in Medieval Paris : Gender, Ideology, and the Daily Lives of the Poor, or John Baldwin's The Language of Sex : Five Voices from Northern France Around 1200 and The Government of Philip Augustus : Foundations of French Royal Power in the Middle Ages). Our mornings in Paris will be spent in further discussions of the works we have read, and students will also make short presentations to the class that they have prepared before coming to Paris. Our afternoons will be devoted to visits to such sites as Notre Dame Cathedral, the archeological crypt of Notre Dame, the Sainte Chapelle, and the churches Saint Denis, Sainte Geneviève, Saint Julien-le-Pauvre, Saint Séverin, the College of the Bernadins, the Conciergerie, the Tower of John the Fearless, the castle of Vincennes, the Louvre, the Cluny Museum, and the Carnavalet Museum. We will also take a walk through the Latin Quarter guided by a medieval map.

Course tuition: $2022. Additional course fee: $350. This fee will cover costs such as classroom space, tour guides, and museum entrance fees. Students will pay individually for all travel costs, housing, and meals.

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Enrollment is limited to 14 students. This course is not open to auditors.

A syllabus for this course is available at:
Course Syllabus

Jeff Rider (B.A. Yale University; Diplome d'Etudes Medievales, Universite Catholique de Louvain, Belgium; M.A., Ph.D. University of Chicago) is professor of romance languages and literatures and chair of the Medieval Studies Program. He is a specialist in the history and literature of northern Europe from the 11th through the 13th centuries. His work has focused on the Arthurian legend and the history of northern France in the twelfth century. He has received grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Fulbright Commission, the American Philosophical Society, and the Rotary Foundation. He is currently at work on a variety of projects including a book on Chretien de Troyes, an edition of a thirteenth-century French narrative poem, and a translation of a twelfth-century journal describing the assassination of the count of Flanders in 1127. Click here for more information about Jeff Rider and here for more information about his work.


Consent of Instructor Required: No

Format: Seminar

Level: GLSP Credits: 3 Enrollment Limit: 14

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