English 201: Images, Idolatry and Iconoclasm, 1350-1600: Graduate Seminar
Professor James Simpson
Barker Center 018
Tuesdays, 11-1, Fall 2005
Images are often regarded as threatening, even pathological. They sometimes threaten to displace words, to mesmerise the psyche, or to displace a sacred referent and thus become themselves the adored object. When they are imagined to do any of these things, they provoke powerfully violent, iconoclastic reactions. This course examines the profile of the image in late medieval and some early modern literature, in both erotic and religious traditions.