Courses this term include Art History (ARH), History (EUH, HIS), and
Literature (CLT, ENL, GEW, and LIT)
Don't forget to consider the Summer 2006 Compostella Pilgrimage mini-course!
ARH 4200: Early Medieval and Byzantine Art
Professor David Stanley The art and architecture of Europe and the Mediterranean region from
approximately the 4th to the 14th centuries A.D.
ARH 4310: Early Renaissance Art of Italy
Professor Elizabeth Ross Italian art from 1200 to 1500. Emphasis upon painting and sculpture.
ARH 6916: Early Modern Prints, 1400-1700
Professor Elizabeth Ross This course will offer a selective survey of the art of the print
in Europe from its beginnings through the seventeenth century, featuring
artists such as Mantegna, Dürer, Marcantonio Raimondi, Goltzius,
and Rembrandt. As a new medium that was reproducible and widely distributed,
prints challenged concepts of authorship, originality, and intellectual
property; transformed visual culture and the art market; and encouraged
the nascent culture of collecting. Through readings and class discussion,
we will investigate the origins of European printmaking, the variety of
print techniques, and the role of prints in the art history of the early
modern era. How did artists use the new medium to fashion their artistic
identity and express what it means to be an artist? How does the rise
of printmaking change the nature of the work of art itself? We will also
begin to consider the impact of print technology more broadly. The introduction
of printing for both texts and images is considered one of the most significant
revolutions in the history of Western culture. But how did print shape
culture? And what role did printed images play in this development?
CHT 2123 :Pre-Modern Chinese Fiction in Translation
Professor Richard Wang This course explores pre-modern Chinese narrative from its philosophical
and historical origins to the fiction at the turn of the 20th century.
Emphasis will be laid on 16th and 17th centuries when Chinese vernacular
ENL 4221: Renaissance Literature: 17th Century Poetry
Professor Ira Clark In this course we will be reading Paradise Lost plus what are often
regarded as the greatest lyrics in English. We will attend first to understanding
the poems, and second to establishing contexts within which and approaches
from which to read poetry and write about it.
ENL 4311: Chaucer
Professor James Paxson This course will familiarize students with the major narrative poetry
of Chaucer. We will devote most of our study to several of The Canterbury
Tales and to Chaucer’s great romance, Troilus and Criseyde. We will
also examine at least one of Chaucer’s long allegorical poems, The
House of Fame, along with Latin and Italian source materials included
in our main textbook. Students will learn to read Chaucer’s Middle
English (the form of the English language from about 1100–1500 CE),
and they will be introduced to the principal methodological issues constitutive
of contemporary Chaucer studies. That is, they will investigate how Chaucer
studies incorporate modern critical theory – especially involving
issues of narrative complexity, figurative discourse, the formalism of
Chaucerian genre (especially the frame narrative or novella) and the poetic
representation of gender. Particular focus will fall upon the issue of
subjectivity, since Chaucer, who is often seen as the forerunner of modern
novelistic art, lays claim to being the first major author in English
to cultivate the poetics of the subjective, the personal, and the psychologically
realistic. Class meetings will include lectures, discussion, and, especially
early in the term, recitation and spot translation of Middle English.
We shall also view together (most likely only in part) and study I Racconti
di Canterbury (P. Paolo Pasolini, dir., 1971), the only film version of
Chaucer’s grand novelle.
ENL 4333: Shakespeare
Professor Peter Rudnytsky The course will offer a close reading of Shakespeare’s “greatest
hits”: Comedy of Errors, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo
and Juliet, Richard II, 1 Henry IV, As You Like It, Hamlet, Twelfth Night,
Othello, King Lear, Macbeth, Antony and Cleopatra, The Winter’s
Tale, The Tempest.
Please note that this will be a “no frills” literature course
– no movies, no acting, no secondary sources, just learning to read
Shakespeare. The theoretical approach will be primarily feminist and psychoanalytic.
EUH-3182: MEDIEVAL ARCHAEOLOGY
Professor Florin Curta
GEW 4400: Medieval Studies in German
Professor Will Hasty
HIS 3465: The Scientific Revolution
Professor Robert Hatch The emergence of modern science from Copernicus to Newton exploring
the notions of empiricism, experiment, mechanism, materialism, and the
historical concepts of continuity, change, revolution, and progress.
HIS 3931: Women and the Medieval Church
Professor Andrea Sterk
HIS 3931: Violence and Society in Pre-Modern Society
Professor Howard Louthan
HIS 3931: MEDIEVAL GERMANY
Professor Florin Curta
ITA 3500: ITALIAN CIVILIZATION
Professor Mary Watt Come explore a world where vision and prophecy dictate foreign policy,
where war, famine, pestilence and death hover constantly on the outskirts
of life, where the glory of antiquity is but a distant memory and the
wonder of the Renaissance a barely perceptible dream - come to the Middle
Ages and explore the world of Dante Alighieri. Class is conducted in Italian.
LIT 3041: Studies in Drama: Citizen Comedy and Domestic Tragedy in the
Age of Shakespeare
Professor Robert Thomson A study of a group of plays unified by being set in the contemporary
London and environs of their authors in the late sixteenth century or
the opening decades of the seventeenth century. The main focus will be
upon the texts and their social, political, historical and cultural contexts.
It has been suggested that City Comedy (however we define it) moved to
the center of the Elizabethan Stage when Londoners started to reflect
upon their new social roles and their urban setting. Social mobility with
its attendant pretensions, hypocrisy, greed, pathos etc, arose in the
midst of the new middle class society of trade and commerce and gave substance
to these plays, as did the threatened state of an increasingly impoverished
and newly dependent gentry.
The plays to be studied will be: William Shakespeare, Merry Wives of
Windsor; Thomas Dekker, The Shoemaker’s Holiday; Ben Jonson, Bartholmew
Fair; Phillip Massinger, A New Way To Pay Old Debts; Thomas Middleton,
A Chaste Maid in Cheapside; Anon, Arden of Faversham; Thomas Heywood,
A Woman Killed With Kindness .
LIT 4322 : The Folktale
Robert Thomson For the purposes of this course, the term folktale will be held to
encompass all forms of orally transmitted prose narratives including myths,
legends, memorates and wonder-tales. No knowledge of the folktale nor
of the general field of folklore studies is assumed by the instructor.
The first week or so of the course will attempt to orient all students
to the place of the folktale in folklore studies. While covering the major
aspects of the familiar European tradition, the texts will also bring
to our attention the ethnic traditions of the United States, particularly
the oral narratives recorded from Native Americans in Wisconsin at the
turn of the nineteenth/twentieth centuries and African Americans in Eatonville,
Florida in the 1920’s and 1930’s. In addition, we will address
those issues that have for half a century kept theorists and analysts
struggling with the complexities of these “simple forms.”
SPW 3100: Medieval and Early Modern Spanish Literature
Jews, Moslems, women and Ameroindians are four groups that resisted the
emergence of a unified Catholic empire. Texts and lectures in Spanish.