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Medieval and Renaissance Studies (MA) (Collaborative)

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Since the 16th century, study of the middle ages implies studying a ‘middle’, or intermediary period, seen as standing between two great civilizations: Roman antiquity and the modern western world. This definition has had a major impact on scholarship, crystallizing a periodization that has now become traditional in most of the humanities.

The collaborative master’s in Medieval and Renaissance Studies (MDR) has two goals:

  • To offer at the graduate level a multi-disciplinary education in Medieval and Renaissance Studies;
  • To teach students the theoretical approaches and methods of research specific to the study of the period.

Participating Units

The following academic units participate in the collaborative master’s in Medieval and Renaissance Studies: Classical Studies, English, Français, History, Music, Philosophy, Religious Studies, Spanish, and Theater. Please see the websites of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies ( for more information on the master’s program offered by each unit.

The title of the degree will indicate the discipline of the participating unit with the specification “specialization in Medieval and Renaissance Studies.”

The program is governed by the general regulations of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (FGPS).

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The professors included in the list below are members of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. This means that they are authorized to supervise or co-supervise theses. A complete list of the faculty and staff members associated with the program can be found at

BIRT, Paul, Associate Professor
Modern Welsh Literature; the Welsh in Argentina; early Celtic Narrative; Language revitalization; Linguistic geography; Language legislation

BOUCHARD, Mawy, Associate Professor
Histoire des formes littéraires (surtout la narration); roman féminin des XVIe et XVIIe siècles; histoire des institutions littéraires; religieuses et universitaires des XVIe et XVIIe siècles; traités poétiques du XVIe siècle français et italien

BURKE, Victoria, Associate Professor
Early modern literature; Women's writing; Manuscript culture

BUSSIÈRES, Marie-Pierre, Associate Professor
Late Antique and Christian latin literature

CARLSON, David, Full Professor
Middle English and Renaissance literature

CÔTÉ, Antoine, Associate Professor
Medieval philosophy; ancient philosophy; metaphysics

CÔTÉ, Dominique, Associate Professor
Christian apocryphal literature; second sophistic; Greek mythology; magic in the Greco-Roman world

DE BRUYN, Theodore, Associate Professor
Christianity in late Antiquity; ritual and religious identity; religion and health

DIJKSTRA, Jitse, Associate Professor
Egypt in late Antiquity; coptic; papyrology and epigraphy; archaeology

FIANU, Kouky, Associate Professor
French Medieval history (13th-15th century); production and social practices of the written word; history of notaries; book craftsmen in the Middle Ages

FRAPPIER, Louise, Assistant Professor
History of theatrical genres (especially tragedy); early modern French theatre (sixteenth and seventeenth centuries); urban ceremonies (especially royal entries); nineteenth-century Québécois theatre

GREATREX, Geoffrey, Associate Professor
Late Antiquity; Romano-Persian relations; the reign of the Emperor Justinian

MAKARYK, Irene, Full Professor
Shakespeare; Comparative literature

MARTINEAU, France, Full Professor
Syntaxe française; histoire de la langue française; philologie française et québécoise; sociolinguistique; discours épistolaire et identitaire

MERKLEY, Paul, Full Professor
Medieval and Renaissance music; film music; 20th century music; history of music theory; religion and music; medieval studies; patronage of music; the business of music

PERISSINOTTO, Cristina, Associate Professor
Italian studies; Utopia; the Italian Renaissance; Italian women in cinema; Feminist theory and philosophy

PRINCE, Kathryn, Assistant Professor
Shakespeare in performance; early modern drama in performance; theatre repertories and archives; theatre history

RECTOR, Geoffrey, Associate Professor
Anglo-Norman and Middle English literature; Medieval rhetoric and education; Medieval romance and historiography

RUANO-DE-LA-HAZA, Jose, Full Professor
Spanish literature; Theatre studies; Renaissance poetics

SCHLAPBACH, Karin, Associate Professor
Later ancient literature; later ancient performance culture; post-classical philosophy

STAINES, David, Full Professor
Canadian literature; Medieval literature; Victorian poetry

TAYLOR, Andrew, Full Professor
Medieval literature

VON MALTZAHN, Nicholas, Full Professor
Milton; Seventeenth-century literature

WILLIAMSON, Rodney, Adjunct Professor
Hispanic linguistics and discourse analysis; media discourse; Spanish translation

Students who wish to enroll in the collaborative program in Medieval and Renaissance Studies must first be admitted to a master’s program in one of the participating units. Candidates must hold an honours degree or the equivalent.

Students must apply to the collaborative program at the same time as they apply to the master’s program in the participating unit.

Language Requirements

The courses offered by the collaborative program in Medieval and Renaissance Studies are offered in English, in French, and in a bilingual format. An excellent knowledge of English or French and a passive understanding of the other language are required. Each academic unit maintains its own language requirements. Except in the case of students in the departments of English and Français, all students have the right to submit assignments, the major research paper, or the thesis, and to answer examination questions in the official language of their choice.

Students in the program must complete the requirements of their primary program and those of the collaborative program. One of the two 3-credit courses in medieval and Renaissance Studies (MDV5100 or MDV5500) will be counted towards the requirements of the primary program. Consequently, students in the specialization will have only one extra course to take.

The requirements of the collaborative program are as follows:

  • Two compulsory courses:
    • MDV5100 Medieval and Renaissance Studies Research Methods and Tools (3cr.)
    • OR

    • MDV5500 Méthodes et outils de recherche des études médiévales et de la Renaissance (3cr.)
    • AND

    • MDV5900 Séminaire de recherche interdisciplinaire / Interdisciplinary Research Seminar (3cr.)

    Students must complete the two compulsory courses before they register to the major research paper or thesis.

  • A thesis or major research paper on a topic related to medieval and Renaissance studies; the proposed topic must be approved by the program committee of the participating unit and the committee of the collaborative program. The supervision of the major research paper or thesis must be carried out by a professor approved by the collaborative program committee. At least one of the two thesis examiners (or one examiner of the major research paper) must be a member of the collaborative program.
  • In both cases, the title of the degree will indicate the discipline of the participating unit with "specialization in Medieval and Renaissance Studies."
  • Minimum Standards

    The passing grade in all courses is C+. Students who fail two courses (equivalent to 6 credits) must withdraw from the program.

    Approaches to the study of manuscripts (paleography, codicology, iconography) and texts (explication, diplomatics, liturgy, stemmata) of the period.

    Approches à l’étude de manuscrits (paléographie, codicologie, iconographie) et textes (explication des textes, diplomatique, liturgie, stemmata) de l’époque.

    Séminaire bilingue à thèmes variables destiné à explorer le sens et la valeur du travail interdisciplinaire en études médiévales et modernes. / Bilingual seminar using varying themes as a vehicle for exploring the meaning and value of interdisciplinary work in medieval and modern studies.

    Coordinates not available