Capstone Seminar: The Black Death and Medieval Society
Source-based discussion seminar revolving around questions of social response to bubonic plague in the middle of the fourteenth century. Focus is England but students also read religious and literary texts from other parts of the medieval and late antique world. Exploration of how societies respond to catastrophe and what panic means in terms of communities and institutions. To what resources did people turn? What does this tell us about society in the Late Middle Ages? Comparison of medieval texts that assign causation and blame in conjunction with discourses of disease and catastrophe in the twentieth century.