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Graduate Course Offerings for Spring 2009

MVGA 0910             Maintenance-Medieval      0 Credits               (Staff)                                                                                
MVGA 8500             Independent Research       2 Credits                (Staff)                                  
MVGA 8501             Independent Research       1 Credit                  (Staff)                                    

MVGA/PHGA 5024  (4/3) Medieval Political Thought (Baumgarth/Cullen)        Call # 12302            F 1:30-4:00 pm
An investigation of the major political theories of the Middle Ages from the collapse of the Roman Empire in the West until the eve of the Protestant Reformation.  Students will read classic texts of this era, such as Augustine’s City of God, Aquinas’s On Kingship, and Marsilius of Padua’s The Defender of the Peace, as well as several medieval Islamic and Judaic texts (Al Farabi, Averroes, Maimonides).   Seniors need instructor permission to take this course.

ENGA 5220 (4)  Medieval Drama  (Fiondella)                                                  Call#12257          W 5:30-7:30 pm
A survey of medieval drama from the tenth to fifteenth century, with an emphasis on the Middle English cycle plays.  The semiotics of theatre and drama provide the framework through which we analyze the sign-systems of the medieval stage as well as the dramatic texts.  Topics include the drama’s relation to scripture, patristics and the liturgy, ideas of its varying cultural functions and constructions of the audience’s role.  Readings include liturgical and church drama, Hrotswitha’s plays, selections from the mystery cycles, saint plays, moralities and Medwall’s Fulgens and Lucres.

ENGA 5264  (3) Chaucer(Keleman)Call # 12518                                           R 3:30-5:30 pm
An exploration of Chaucer's first masterpiece, Troilus and Criseyde, with some attention to minor poems, such as Parliament of Fowls and  Book of the Duchess.  Not quite equal parts textual theory, book history, and medieval literature, the course's primary question will be: what new ways of reading these poems can we discover by paying  attention to their earliest surviving physical manifestations?

HSGA 6024 (4) Medieval Chronicles  (Gyug)                                                         Call #14037           W  5:30-8:00 pm
Medieval historical narratives have often provided the framework for periodization or the evidence from which medieval attitudes and values have been reconstructed. In the course, a close reading of several medieval narratives and related secondary literature will contribute to an understanding of the genre's development, the influence of chronicles on the writing of history, and the uses of such sources.  Classes will include translation from Latin

HSGA  6135   (4)  Early Medieval Conflict & Peacemaking(Mueller)                        Call # 14044      F  4:30-7:00 pm
In the Early Middle Ages (500-1050), judges presiding over courts in the modern sense of the word did not exist. Written laws were not implemented unilaterally from above. The facts of a case were investigated not through a painstaking reconstruction of incriminating  events, but rather by way of collective oaths and duels. Another form of proof was the hot-iron ordeal, in which defendants placed their hand in a pot of boiling water to have guilt or innocence determined by the healing process. The course will provide a forum for the discussion of recent historiography on the subject and explore what it was that made these forms of peaceful conflict resolution ‘rational’ and reasonable in the eyes of Western contemporaries.
 HSGA 8150   (4)   PSM: Medieval England   (Kowaleski)                                Call # 12409        M 2:30-5:00pm
Students continue to work on the research project they defined in the Proseminar to this course.  They also learn to design and use a computer database that includes data gathered in the course of research on the final paper, participate in seminars to improve their academic writing and public speaking skills, and familiarize themselves with professional standards for writing a scholarly article, giving a talk at an academic conference, and writing an academic curriculum vitae.  They complete the seminar by giving a 20-minute conference paper on their research project and writing a thesis-length original research paper that could be published as a scholarly article.

PHGA 5010   (3)   Introduction to Thomas Aquinas  (Davies)                         Call #12289              M 7:00-9:00 pm
This is an overview of Aquinas's philosophical thinking which presupposes no previous knowledge of his writings but which does presume some knowledge of philosophy.

PHGA 5012   (3)   Introduction to St. Augustine  (Cullen)                                 Call #12290             M 11:00am-1:00pm
Survey of major themes in Augustine: nature of the will, problem of time, moral psychology, political theory.  There will be a special focus throughout the course on the relation between faith and reason.  The course will use primary texts in translation, including On the Freedom of the Will, Confessions, On the Trinity, City of God.

RSGA 6465 (3) Asceticism and Monasticism in Early Christianity. (Lienhard)       Call#12526           T 1:00–3:00  pm  The course begins with a consideration of asceticism in Judaism, among pagans, and in early Christianity, including dedicated virginity, and then treats the history of the monastic movement up to the Carolingian era and Benedict of Aniane.  The principal work of the course is reading and analyzing, in English translation, pertinent documents from this period, from four categories: lives of monks (Antony, Pachomius, Martin, Benedict), collected lives (Lausiac History, History of the Monks in Egypt, and others), rules (Basil, Augustine, the Master, Benedict), and theory (Evagrius of Pontus, John Cassian).

RSGA 6480   (3)   Christianizing the Barbarians  (Demacopoulos)                             Call # 12528         R 3:15-5:15 pm
The course examines the “christianizing” of pagan peoples (Roman, Germanic and Slavic) during the early medieval period.  We begin with two basic questions:  What evidence is there for the “chrisitianizing” of Europe? And how do we explain it?  Most class meetings will have two components:  a discussion of primary sources and an evaluation of scholarly attempts to explain the process of Christianization.  Students will take turns leading these discussions.  Students will also be responsible for three written assignments: two 3-page article reviews and an article-length seminar paper.

FRGA 5090  (0) French for Reading  (Harris)                                              Call # 12272                    T 4:15-6:45 pm
GEGA 5002 (0) German for Reading II  (Hafner)                                            Call # 12273         TF 11:30 am-12:45 pm


Summer Courses 2009:

MVGA 5800 (4) Women in Medieval Religious Life(Oliva)                                                            I,    TR 1-4:30pm  
This course surveys the religious lives of women in western Europe during the Middle Ages (c. 600-1500) by focusing on both the formal, traditional paths of spirituality open to women, as well as the less formal, more ambiguous options which women carved out for themselves. Because developments in early Christianity so influenced the later medieval Church, this class will start by examining early Christian writers and women, and then proceed in a generally chronological way.

LAGA 5093    (3)   Ecclesiastical Latin   (Clark)                                                                II,      MW  6:00-9:00 pm
Study of the grammatical structure, form, and vocabulary of Church Latin, focusing on the Bible, the Church Fathers, and medieval thinkers.

LAGA 5090 (0)   Latin for Reading   (Owesny)   AT LINCOLN CENTER                                   I, MW 6:00-9:00
FRGA 5090 (0)   French for Reading(Staff)                                                                                                     I, MW 1:00-4:00 
ITGA 5090 (0)   Italian for Reading  (Staff)                                                                                      I, TR 6:00-9:00 
SPGA 5090 (0)   Spanish for Reading (Hoar)                                                                                                   I, MW 6:00-9:00

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