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.
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 (www.grad.uottawa.ca) 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 operates within the framework of the General Regulations of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (FGPS), which are posted on the FGPS website.
Search all research fields for members of the teaching staffThe 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 http://www.arts.uottawa.ca/eng/programs/medieval-stud.html
BIRT, Paul, Associate Professor
Modern Welsh Literature; the Welsh in Argentina; early Celtic Narrative; Language revitalization; Linguistic geography; Language legislationBOUCHARD, 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 italienBURKE, Victoria, Associate Professor
Early modern literature; Women's writing; Manuscript cultureBUSSIÈRES, Marie-Pierre, Associate Professor
Late Antique and Christian latin literatureCARLSON, David, Full Professor
Middle English and Renaissance literatureCÔTÉ, Antoine, Associate Professor
Medieval philosophy; ancient philosophy; metaphysicsCÔTÉ, Dominique, Associate Professor
Christian apocryphal literature; second sophistic; Greek mythology; magic in the Greco-Roman worldDE BRUYN, Theodore, Associate Professor
Christianity in late Antiquity; ritual and religious identity; religion and healthDIJKSTRA, Jitse, Associate Professor
Egypt in late Antiquity; coptic; papyrology and epigraphy; archaeologyFIANU, 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 AgesFRAPPIER, 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 theatreGREATREX, Geoffrey, Associate Professor
Late Antiquity; Romano-Persian relations; the reign of the Emperor JustinianMAKARYK, Irene, Full Professor
Shakespeare; Comparative literatureMARTINEAU, France, Full Professor
Syntaxe française; histoire de la langue française; philologie française et québécoise; sociolinguistique; discours épistolaire et identitaireMERKLEY, 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 musicPERISSINOTTO, Cristina, Associate Professor
Italian studies; Utopia; the Italian Renaissance; Italian women in cinema; Feminist theory and philosophyPRINCE, Kathryn, Assistant Professor
Shakespeare in performance; early modern drama in performance; theatre repertories and archives; theatre historyRECTOR, Geoffrey, Associate Professor
Anglo-Norman and Middle English literature; Medieval rhetoric and education; Medieval romance and historiographyRUANO-DE-LA-HAZA, Jose, Full Professor
Spanish literature; Theatre studies; Renaissance poeticsSCHLAPBACH, Karin, Associate Professor
Later ancient literature; later ancient performance culture; post-classical philosophySTAINES, David, Full Professor
Canadian literature; Medieval literature; Victorian poetryTAYLOR, Andrew, Full Professor
Medieval literatureVON MALTZAHN, Nicholas, Full Professor
Milton; Seventeenth-century literatureWILLIAMSON, 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.
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 StandardsThe passing grade in all courses is C+. Students who fail two courses (equivalent to 6 credits) must withdraw from the program.
MDV5100 MEDIEVAL AND RENAISSANCE STUDIES RESEARCH METHODS AND TOOLS (3cr.)
Approaches to the study of manuscripts (paleography, codicology, iconography) and texts (explication, diplomatics, liturgy, stemmata) of the period.
MDV5500 MÉTHODES ET OUTILS DE RECHERCHE DES ÉTUDES MÉDIÉVALES ET DE LA RENAISSANCE (3cr.)
Approches à l’étude de manuscrits (paléographie, codicologie, iconographie) et textes (explication des textes, diplomatique, liturgie, stemmata) de l’époque.
MDV5900 SÉMINAIRE DE RECHERCHE INTERDISCIPLINAIRE / INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH SEMINAR (3cr.)
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.
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