Course Memo

This course offers an historical overview and exploration of the “other” in Western Christian history. Particular attention will be paid to some of the ways in which understandings of Christian identity were – and remain – built upon and shaped by a deep and consistent practice of “otherizing.” A variety of case studies will be considered, including historical examples of the construction of orthodoxy/heresy; Christian interactions with Jews and Muslims; the polemics of the Reformation/Counter Reformation; and the persecution of various religious, ethnic, racial, and sexual minorities. Six analytical essays, one oral in-class report, a final research paper/project, and presentation of the final research paper/project will be required. [Faculty Consent required; 15 max enrollment; Auditors with faculty permission]