Fordham University – Center for Medieval Studies
Graduate Courses – Fall Semester 2013
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MVST 0910 Maintenance (0 credits)
MVST 0922 PhD Comp Prep (.5 credit) (in semester of Doctoral Certificate exam)
MVST 0934 Master’s Comp Preparation (.5 credit) Call # 18213
MVST 0936 Master’s Comp Exam (.5 credit)
MVST 0937 Research Paper Preparation (.5 credit)
MVST 8500 Independent Research (2 credits) Call # 11550
MVST 8501 Independent Research (1 credit) Call # 11551
MVST 5050 (4) World of Late Antiquity: History, Art, Culture Call #20959 (McFadden and Sogno) W 5:00-7:30
The legacy of Gibbon's masterpiece "Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire" has exercised a great and lasting influence on the way in which the world of Late Antiquity is perceived and presented, but the work of Peter Brown and other scholars has offered a powerful alternative to the Gibbonian narrative of inevitable decline. The two opposing concepts of "crisis" and "transformation" now co-exist as interpretive frameworks in the flourishing field of Late Antiquity and continue to inspire thought-provoking studies about this fascinating and enigmatic period, which defies easy explanation. This course offers an introduction to the Late Antique world by surveying the History, Art, and Culture of the Roman Empire from the third to the sixth century. We shall analyze both primary sources and monuments and examine critically the secondary literature that studies them.
ENGL 6215 (3) Medieval British Historical Writing Call # 21970 (O’Donnell) M 2:30-5:00
History-writing was fundamental to medieval and early-modern literary sensibilities, but in its relation to truth, genre, and identity, medieval history differs dramatically from contemporary understandings of the discipline of history. This course will introduce you to the major historiographical thinkers and practitioners of the English Middle Ages and include selections from Gildas, Bede, the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, Dudo of Saint-Quentin, Geoffrey of Monmouth, Matthew Paris, and the Middle English Brut.
ENGL 5216 (3) Three Medieval Embodiments Call # 21963 (Albin) M 5:30-7:00
In this course, we will explore three models of human embodiment (theological, medical and musical) available to the high and late English Middle Ages; we will examine how writers, doctors, artists, and musicians gave expression to those models, we will locate and interrogate the places they overlap, interweave, and fall apart; and we will challenge ourselves to imagine how they constituted alternative modes of embodied experience in the world. To reach these goals, we will cast a wide net and study diverse primary sources drawn from philosophy, medicine, theology, drama, poetry, music, and visual art alongside secondary sources in historical phenomenology, cultural studies, and performance theory. Major authors/texts include: Bernardus Silvestris (Cosmographia), Chaucer, Second Shepherd’s Play, Aristotle (De anima), the Trotula, Boethius (Consolatio philosophiae and De institutione musica). All readings in English or Middle English.
HIST 6078 (4) The Crusader States:
The Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem 1099-1291 Call #22073 (Paul) R 5:30-8:00
This course charts the social, political, and cultural history of the feudal principalities that were established by Latin Christians in the Eastern Mediterranean in the wake of the First Crusade. Students will be introduced to the narrative and documentary sources through which the history of the Latin Kingdom has been constructed, as well as the archaeology and art of the Levant during the period of Frankish occupation and settlement. In addition, we will engage with the major historiographical debates concerning the constitutional organization of the Latin kingdom, the relationship between the Frankish crusaders and the Muslim and eastern Christian populations over whom they ruled, and the “colonial” character of the Latin settlements.
HIST 7150 (4) Proseminar: Medieval England Call #21564 (Kowaleski) T 4:00-6:30
This is the first half of a year-long course that focuses on the social, economic, and administrative history of England from the eleventh through fifteenth centuries. Special emphasis is placed upon 1) how to identify and exploit a wide variety of primary sources (such as wills, cartularies, court rolls, account rolls, chronicles, among others); 2) how to use major historical collections (such as Rolls Series, VCH, Record Commissioners, Royal Historical Manuscripts Commission, the Ordnance Survey, Selden Society, and others); and 3) gaining an awareness of the regions and landscape of medieval England, as well as the contributions of historical geography. Besides treating thematic issues such as the church and society, law and legal system, the growth of government and administration, maritime trade and industry in town and country, the weekly discussions will also consider the society and economy of the peasantry, townspeople, and the landowning elite.
LATN 5061 (3) Christian Latin Call #21980 (Clark) MR 2:30-3:45
Requires ability to translate and read Latin. Grade includes midterm and final exams, as well as in-class presentation and essay on particular Medieval Latin author or work. Class meetings include readings from the Bible, Jerome, Gregory of Tours, Augustine, and other early Christian authors such as Beothius and Cassiodorus, Bede, Alcuin, and Einhard.
PHIL 7071 (3) Aquinas: Questions on God in Summa Theologiae Call # 21140 (Davies) M 7:00-9:00
An exposition and critical discussion of ‘Summa Theologies’, 1a, 1-26.
THEO 6350 (3) North African Christianity Call # 21954 (M. Tilley) W 9:00-11:30
Ancient Christians in North Africa developed more sophisticated theologies than their contemporaries in Rome. Terms for the Trinity and the sacramental character imprinted on the soul come from Africa, as does the saying "Outside the Church there is no salvation." This course introduces students to the physical and cultural environment of early Christian communities in North Africa and to the theologies Africans produced between the origins of African Christianity in the second century and the Middle Ages. Subjects include Tertullian, Cyprian, stories of martyrs and literature of the Donatist controversy (with Augustine). Some attention will be paid to archaeology and, if possible given the talents of the class, pseudo-Cyprianic literature.
THEO 6456 (3) Medieval Liturgy Call #21510 (Baldovin) T 1:00-3:00
A study of the written sources and architectural setting of liturgy in the West from the 6th century to the eve of the Reformation. Special attention will be given to the liturgy of the Eucharist in the Roman Rite, the liturgical calendar, and the Liturgy of the Hours.
FREN 5090 (0) French for Reading Call#10488 (Brandon) T 4:15-6:45
GERM 5001 (0) German for Reading Call#15446 (Ebner) TF: 11:30-12:45
GREK 5001 (0) Intro to Greek Call #17806 (Craig-Williams) TWF10:30-11-:20
MVST 6700 (4) Medieval Scholasticism Call# 10211 (Harkins) Session I, TR 4:00-7:00
This interdisciplinary graduate course will provide an introduction to the history, theology, and philosophy of the Scholastic movement in the High Middle Ages. Topics to be considered include: the economic, social, political, religious, and educational transitions that together constitute the “renaissance of the twelfth century”; the rise of open urban schools and the development of the university; and characteristic modes of thought and discourse in scholastic theology and philosophy. Thinkers to be examined include Anselm of Canterbury, Hugh and Richard of St Victor, Peter Abelard, the school of Laon, Peter Lombard, Albert the Great, Thomas Aquinas, Bonaventure, John Duns Scotus, and William of Ockham.
LATIN 5090 (0) Latin for Reading Call# 10072 (Sogno) Session I, MW 6:00-9:00
SPAN 5090 (0) Spanish for Reading Call#10250 (Sagardia) Session I, TR 6:00-9:00
LATN 5093 (3) Ecclesiastical Latin Call#10073 (Clark) Session II, MW 6:00-9:00
Study of the grammatical structure, form and vocabulary of Church Latin, focusing on the Bible, the Church Fathers, and medieval thinkers.
FREN 5090 (0) French for Reading- Taught at LC Campus Call#10251 (Brandon) Session II, TR 6:00-9:00
Spring 2014 Courses
MVST 5078: Medieval Books and Readers (Gyug) W 5:00-7:30
ENGL 6216: Late Medieval Autobiography (Erler) M 2:30-5:00
ENGL 6250: Postcolonial Middle Ages (Yeager) R 2:30-5:00
HIST 5xxx: Twelfth-Century Renaissance (Novikoff) R 5:30-8:00
HIST 8150: Seminar: Medieval England (Kowaleski) T 4:00-6:30
LATN 6521: Latin Paleography (Clark) F 4:00-6:30
PHIL 5010: Introduction to St Thomas Aquinas (Davies) M 7:00-9:00
PHIL 5012: Introduction to St Augustine (Klima) F 2:00-4:00
THEO 5300: History of Christianity I (Lienhard) M 5:15-7:45
THEO 5402: Gender, Sexuality and Ethics in Medieval Islam (Kueny) T 1:00-3:30
THEO 6365 Cappadocian Fathers (Demacopoulos) M 9:00-11:30
THEO 6461 Mystical Theology (Davis) R 2:30-5:00
GERM 5002 Graduate Reading in German (TBA) (TBA)