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Graduate Course Offerings for Spring 2011

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

MVST 5078 (4) Medieval Books and Readers                                                      (Gyug)                            T 6:00-8:30
The handwritten sources of the medieval period, whether charters, codices, records, chronicles, treatises, Bibles, or other genres and types, are fundamental materials for medieval studies. Considering examples from these and other genres, the class will study the purposes, preparation, transmission and preservation of the materials, with an emphasis on how such sources can be used for medieval studies and the tools important for their study. Assignments will include the transcription and translation of medieval materials.

MVST/ENGL 5251(4) The Other in Text and Image                           (Rowe/Birenbaum)                           M 4:30-7:00
Over twenty years ago, historian R. I. Moore challenged traditional accounts of twelfth-century Europe with his portrait of a "persecuting society" The administrative cohesion and religious homogeneity that marked the period, he argued, were only made possible by identifying heretics, Jews, lepers and prostitutes as "outsiders," threats to a Christian-centered world. This course revisits Moore's path-breaking book, The Formation of a Persecuting Society, examining his propositions in light of recent scholarship on heresy, Jews and disease in the Middle Ages, and testing his theses in relation to texts and images. Literary works examined will include Chaucer's "Prioress's Tale," medieval drama, and Lollard treatises. Art historical material considered will include sculpted personifications of Virtu and Vice, works caricaturing Jews and texts from the Wycliffite debate over devotional images.

ENGL 6224 (3) French of England                                                       (Wogan-Browne)                            F 1:30-3:20
For four centuries French was a major language of literature in medieval Britain, as well as an important language of record, law, government, administration and various occupations. This literature (nearly a thousand texts) remains understudied and under-researched because nationalising literary histories have often allowed it to fall between continental French and English scholarship. Yet, beyond a few well-known works famously kidnapped for French national literary history (The Chanson de Roland, The Lais of Marie de France), there is a wealth of post-Conquest historiography, epic, romance, saints' lives, lyric, devotional and other works in French of England, from the twelfth to the fifteenth centuries. Attention to this corpus involves re-thinking the literary and linguistic assumptions of British medieval literary history in the light of multilingual cultural paradigms. It is possible to take htis course in translation. But Old French is indispensible both for pleasure in texts and for continuing research on the edited and unedited sources in the French of England. In addition to the weekly seminar, a linguistic practicum will be offered, using examples from the texts discussed in seminar. Course members without French are encouraged to take modern French for Reading in advance if possible.

ENGL 6226 (3) Arthurian Literature                                                                  (Erler)                            T 3:30-5:30
We will read the Stanzaic Morte Arthur and the Alliterative Morte Arthure, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, The Wedding of Sir Gawain and Dame Ragnell, The Awntyrs of Arthure, and excerpts from Malory’s Le Morte Darthur. Attention will be given to the manuscripts in which the poems appear (and hence to the poems’ audience and their social context), to issues of nationalism, and to feminist analysis. The course will require two 8-10 page papers. All texts will be read in Middle English.

HIST 6134 (4) Medieval Empires                                                                     (Mueller)                            F 2:30-5:00
In the Medieval Ages, the term Empire stood for a large territory as well as for an elevated idea. The kingdoms of Italy, Burgundy, and Germany remained for centuries under its rule, whereas legal, theological, and political writers, regardless of boundaries, referred to imperium as something at the basis of all legitimate and divinely sanctioned lay government. The course will study aspects of both the intellectual discourse and the changing fortunes of medieval imperial rule, from Charlemagne, to the Golden Bull of 1356 and beyond.

HIST 8056 (4) SEM: Medieval Political Cultures                                                  (Paul)                            R 4:45-7:15
In the Spring semester, students will spend the semester working on research papers based on the topics identified in the Fall. At class meetings, students will have the opportunity to present their research and to read and critique each others' writing.

PHIL 5010 (3) Introduction to Aquinas                                                             (Davies)                            R 7:00-9:00
This course will be a general introduction to Aquinas's philosophical thinking. We shall pay special attention to his philosophy of God. We shall also turn to what he says about questions such as the scope of human knowledge, the nature of the human being, and the nature and significance of human action. As well as being expository, the course will consider the cogency of Aquinas's position on various topics. It will also try to relate what Aquinas says to what other philosophers, especially modern philosophers, have had to say. The course will not presuppose any previous detailed knowledge of Aquinas on the part of students.

PHIL 5012 (3) Introduction to Augustine                                                              (Pini)                            T 4:30-6:30
This seminar is going to provide a systematic survey of the main themes of St. Augustine's philosophy and theology. Topics will include faith and reason, divine ideas, time, eternity, and creations, the theology of the Holy Trinity, the nature of teh soul, the freedom of the will and divine predestination, good and evil, original sin and divine grace, and the human history as the history of salvation. The unifying theme of the discussion will be a synthetic account of St. Augustine's Neoplatonic Christian anthropology, occasionally contrasted with St. Thomas Aquinas' Aristotelian Christian anthropology. The discussion will be organized around student presentations and two term papers on topics other than one's presentation topics.

THEO 5300 (3) History of Christianity I                                                        (Lienhard)                           T 5:15- 7:45
The goal of this course is to introduce students to the history of Christian doctrine and theology in the period from the end of New Testament times to 1500.  Doctrine is what the church of Jesus Christ believes, teaches, and confesses on the basis of the word of God (J. Pelikan).  Theology is reflection on doctrine in light of oneself, one’s world, and one’s experience. To treat these fourteen centuries in fourteen weeks, the course will run on two parallel tracks. One track will be lectures, which will treat three principal doctrines of Christian faith: the doctrine of the one God whose name is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; the doctrine of the person of Jesus the Christ, true God and true man; and the doctrine of the presence of Christ in the Eucharist.  To complement the lectures, participants will be encouraged to read appropriate chapters from studies of Christian doctrine and theology in antiquity and the Middle Ages. The second track, which is intended to enhance participants’ understanding of the greatest theologians and movements of the period, will consist of participants’ reading seven (of eight) relatively short books and reporting on them in writing. The course requires extensive reading, written reports, and one final examination; but, more than that, fascination with the best of Christian theologians and their thought.

THEO 6194 (3) History, Theory and the Study of Pre-Modern Christianity    (Dunning)                           W 5:30-8:00
This course will provide a thorough introduction to recent developments in historiography and critical theory in light of the so-called "linguistic turn." It will also explore the methodological relevance of these theoretical shifts from the study of pre-modern Christianity/historical theology.

THEO 6462 (3) Dissenters and Heretics                                                         (Hornbeck)                            R 2:30-5:00
This course is a study of three prominent heterodox movements in the history of western Christianity, along with theological reflections from the contemporary period (ie, post-1970) on the significance and function of heresy vis-a-vis the development of doctrine. The course will emphasize techniques for reading primary sources. One major paper required.

GERM 5001 (0) German for Reading
FREN 5090 (3) French for Reading                                                                   



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