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|MVGA 0910 ||Maintenance-Medieval|
|0 Credits ||(Staff)
||(Call # 11125)
|MVGA 8500 ||Independent Research|
|2 Credits ||(Staff)
||(Call # 12319)
|MVGA 8501 ||Independent Research|
|1 Credit ||(Staff)
||(Call # 12321)
MVGA 5063 Dante & the Medieval Tradition
A study of Dante’s humanism. This course will consider Dante’s
poetic engagement with medieval philosophy and theology. We
will study his treatment of his sources, especially such
figures as Augustine, Boethius, Dionysius,
Bonaventure, and Aquinas, and such schools as the
Victorines and Chartres. The course will examine
Dante’s own contributions to medieval thought and to
the formation of a humanistic perspective that uses
poetry to fashion an approach to moral thought superior
to its usual academic presentation.
||(Call # 13003)
ENGA 6226 Arthurian Romance
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. Secondary reading will be assigned
for each meeting and one person will be responsible for
leading discussion. The course will require two 8-10 page
papers. All texts will be read in Middle English.
The website address will be:
||(Call # 13077)
ENGA 8204 Medieval Travel Narrative
In a project which brought together the greatest minds
and resources of the western world, the crusading
movements inspired subsequent generations of English
and western European poets and chroniclers to create
some of the most beautiful and, at times, most brutal
romances and histories ever written. This course will
focus on a range of traditions, including the romance
Richard, Coeur de Lion in light of contemporary
chronicler Roger of Howden’s Chronica. Even Josephus’
Jewish War is barely recognizable in the fourteenth-century
Siege of Jerusalem. Pilgrim and merchant narratives, from
Egeria to Margery Kempe, and Mandeville to Marco Polo, will
provide a contrast to romance and chronicle modes. We will
be especially concerned with the ways in which chivalric
quest came to influence the romance and chronicle genres.
This course is designed to contextualize travel within the
medieval world as we read and discuss those travel narratives
with a specific set of concerns: salvation, conquest, and conversion.
||(Call # 13087)
HSGA 6133 Medieval Religious Institutions
In modern usage, the term ‘religious’ refers to everything
related to religion, whereas the medieval Latin religiosus
was employed to denote above all matters pertaining to the
regulated (monastic) life. The English expression
‘institution’ is again quite vague and has no single medieval
equivalent. It applies equally to inanimate and abstract
entities, to status, and to procedures, whether defined legally
or by custom. The seminar will adopt the current understanding
of ‘religious institutions’ in its broadest sense and apply it
to various phenomena of medieval ecclesiastical history. Basic
administrative units of the Western Church such as bishoprics,
the practice of priestly ordination, and clerical status
obtained institutional definition as early as in late Antiquity.
Other institutions did not acquire shape until the twelfth-century
revival of canon law, including papal monarchy, the college of
cardinals, canonical elections, and ‘religious’ confraternities.
The course will examine some of these ‘institutions’, their
juridical and spiritual identities, strategies of self-representation,
and major trends and conflicts affecting the overall institutional development.
||(Call # 12992)
HSGA 8025 Seminar: Medieval Religious Cultures
Participants will build on the reading and topics from HSGA 7025
(Proseminar: Medieval Religious Cultures) to prepare research
papers based on sources and debates in the study of medieval
religious cultures. Weekly readings will be selected by the
participants from materials for their papers; later in the
semester, they will present drafts of their own papers, and
prepare critiques of others.
||(Call # 12995)
LAGA 6521 Latin Palaeography
“From Script to Print”: A study of the history and development
of Latin handwriting from antiquity to the Renaissance.
Also a study of the manuscript as book (codicology) and
cultural artifact. Some attention will be paid to textual
transmission and critical editing. Primary emphasis will
fall on the reading and recognition of the various scripts,
with a final project transcribing and identifying an original
manuscript leaf from the Fordham collection. Advanced students
in other fields, with specific research needs, may, with
permission, develop their own final palaeographical projects.
||(Call # 12974)
PHGA 5010 Introduction to St. Thomas
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.
||(Call # 13007)
PHGA5012 Introduction to St. Augustine
This seminar is going to provide a survey of the main works
and themes of St. Augustine’s philosophy and theology.
Topics will include faith and reason; divine ideas; time,
eternity and creation; the theology of the Holy Trinity; the
nature of the soul; skepticism; divine foreknowledge and
predestination and human free will; the problem of evil;
original sin and divine grace; happiness; the human history
as the history of salvation. These topics will be approached
by studying relevant sections from Augustine’s major works.
Each work and each doctrine will be considered both from a
philosophical point of view and in the context of Augustine’s
own evolution. Special attention will be devoted to Augustine’s
attitude towards ancient thought (Neoplatonism, Skepticism, Stoicism).
Also, his influence on later thought will be occasionally considered.
Students will have to take part in the discussion and write two term papers.
||(Call # 13008)
RSGA 6465 Asceticism & Monasticism
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 will be reading and analyzing, in English
translation, pertinent documents from this period, from four
categories: lives of monks, collected lives, rules, and theory.
Lectures will treat the rise of monasticism in the East
(Antony, Pachomius); Egyptian, Palestinian, and Syrian monasticism;
the rise of monasticism in the West (Eusebius of Vercelli, Ambrose,
Sulpicius Severus, and Paulinus of Nola); the influence of Evagrius
of Pontus and Cassian on monasticism; the multiplication of monastic
rules in the West; the dominance of the Rule of St. Benedict after
Charlemagne; and Benedict of Aniane’s Codex regularum.
||(Call # 13267)
|| French for Reading
||(Call # 13004)
||German for Reading II
|| (Call # 13005)
||Mondays, Thursdays 11:30-12:45
Advance Notice of Summer
LAGA 5093 Ecclesiastical Latin: An Introduction
||(Summer Session II)
||Mondays, Wednesdays 6:00-9:00 pm
Study of the grammatical structure, form,
and vocabulary of Church Latin, focusing
on the Bible, the Church Fathers, and
MVGA 5076 Practicum in Codicology
||(Summer Session I)
||Mondays, Wednesdays 1:00-4:00
A practical course in the terms and techniques
of manuscript description, with consideration of
how manuscript studies and analysis have been
used in medieval studies.
|| French for Reading
||Summer Session I
||Mondays, Wednesdays 6:00-9:00 pm
||Latin for Reading
|| Summer Session I
||Tuesdays, Thursdays 1:00-4:00
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