The Fall was one of the most central and defining events in the history of Christianity, and had continuing ramifications for conceptions of the human body. In this seminar we will examine the history of the event, taking biblical scripture and early Christian interpretation into account in order to consider how both influenced literature and drama in the later Middle Ages. Theological ramifications such as Original Sin, Felix Culpa and Christian anthropology will also be explored. In relation to the literature (drama and poetry) we will cover, the body is regularly presented in a figurative capacity by clothing (such as the skins of tunic Adam and Eve receive as a result of their transgression), and this association will be explored throughout the semester.
- Teacher: Sarah Jane Brazil