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Graduate Course Offerings for Fall 2011

MVST 0910 Maintenance 0 credits (Staff)
MVST 8500 Independent Research 2 Credits (Staff)
MVST 8501 Independent Research 1 Credit Call # 11672 (Staff)

MVST 5086 (4) Humanism and Art in 14th &15th C Italy Call # 15840 (Barsella/Waldrop) T 4:30-7:00
This course is directed to students with interests in literature, history, politics, and art history. Focusing on intellectual and artistic developments primarily in 14th- and 15th-century Florence, the course will explore the character and scope of Italian humanism and in its single greatest project: the construction of the ideal city. Inseparable from that goal, was the formation of the ideal human being as the cornerstone of a community of virtuous citizens. Literature, painting, architecture and urbanism all contributed to and were part of this project. Major topics will include; foundation myths of the city; the recovery of classical antiquity; humanist rhetoric and theology; the relation between power and the arts, and new spatial conceptions of the city. Among the authors and artists to be studied are key figures such as Giotto, Petrarch, Boccaccio, Brunelleschi, Alberti, and Valla.

ENGL 6209 (3) Themes in Pre-Conquest Literature Call # 16062 (Chase) T 12:45-3:20
This course is a graduate-level introduction to the language and literature of Anglo-Saxon England. We will read (in Old English) a variety of texts from the period, including poetry, homilies, saints' lives, and chronicles.

ENGL 6223 Medieval English Monasteries Call # 17103 (O'Donnell) F 3:30-5:30
An introduction to the literary culture of English religious communities between 1000 and 1300, working with texts (in translation) in the principle languages of English monasticism.

ENGL 6234 (3) Medieval and the Monstrous Call # 16063 (Yeager) R 3:00-5:00
The medieval taste for the exotic has introduced many audiences to a range of monstrous beings, from ferocious giants and dog-headed men to the peace-loving sciapod. Medieval studies of monstrosity have often been linked solely to theorize the different human "races" found there. Yet the medieval language of monstrosity was not always limited to travel narrative, nor to the pejorative, for it was used to describe heroes, saints, even the Christian deity in far more familiar contexts than many would imagine. In this course we will examine the discourse of monstrosity as a complex critical lens through which premodern writers asked important questions of race, religion, civic virtue, human morality. We will read from Pliny, Augustine, the Beowulf Manuscript, medieval romance, and Mandeville's account.

HIST 6065 (4) Crusades Call # 16048 (Paul) W 4:45-7:15
Few areas of medieval scholarship have received as much attention in recent decades as have the crusades. These efforts have resulted in a total reassessment of the wars waged by Latin Christians against their perceived enemies both within Europe and beyond its frontiers and have generated new debates about what defined a crusade, what motivated participants, and about the place of the crusades in the making of Europe as a geographic and political entity. This course will address the methodology and findings of historians who have worked on these topics and others including the origins of the crusade, the often violent relationships between crusaders and Jews, the contributions of the military orders, and the perspectives of those who were the targets of crusades. Central to our approach will be the understanding that the crusades were shaped by, and in turn helped to shape, many aspects of the medieval world; its economy, society, religion, culture, and politics.

HIST 6155 (4) Medieval Town Call # 16049 (Kowaleski) M 2:30-5:00
This course surveys the historiography of European towns from c. 700 to c. 1500, focusing in particular on the contributions of other disciplines to our understanding of medieval urban life. Archaeologists have altered the terms of the debate on the origins of towns and have opened up a new field of study on the urban environment (including pollution, sanitation, and diet). Geographers have enriched our perspective of the use of space, demographers have given us a more precise vocabulary for assessing the urban household and family, economists have devised methods to analyze medieval trade, and feminist theorists have encouraged deeper exploration of the role of women in medieval towns. Other topics to be covered include the distribution of power in medieval towns; civic ritual; urban poverty and crime; religious life and artistic expression; guilds, crafts, and labor; and social conflict.

HIST 7110 (4) PSM: Church Law and Medieval Society Call # 16051 (Mueller) R 5:15-7:45
The course will consist of a two-semester pro-seminar/seminar sequence inviting graduate students to formulate and pursue original research projects in the field of medieval church law. Possible study questions may address a wide range of issues, including legal theory and judicial practice, contemporary uses and perceptions of 'canonical justice'. The pro-seminar will be devoted to becoming familiar with the bibliography and tools available for original investigations into the subject. It will also assist students in defining their own research topics. The seminar in the spring of 2012 will provide a forum for the presentation, discussion, and refinement of each participant's scholarly work, which should eventually result in a 30 to 50-page essay.

PHIL 7071 (3) Aquinas: Questions on God Call # 15852 (Davies) M 7:00-9:00
An exposition and critical discussion of 'Summa Theologies', la, 1-26.

THEO 6458 (3) Medieval Exegesis Call # 16992 (Harkins) T 1:30 -4:00
This graduate seminar will provide an introduction to the understanding and interpretation of Sacred Scripture in the medieval Latin West. The course will consider a wide range of Christian exegetes and thinkers working from the fourth through the fourteenth century as well as a variety of 'exegetical' literary genres.

FREN 5090 (0) French for Reading Call # 10488 (Harris) T 4:15-6:45

GERM 5001 (0) German for Reading Call # 15446 (Hafner) TF 11:30-12:45

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