MVGA 5076 Practicum in Codicology

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Course Offerings for Spring 2005


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
4 Credits (Koterski/Barsella) (Call # 13003) Tuesdays 4:45-7:15
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.

ENGA 6226 Arthurian Romance
3 Credits (Erler) (Call # 13077) Tuesdays 5:30-7:30
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. 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:

ENGA 8204 Medieval Travel Narrative
3 Credits (Yeager) (Call # 13087) Mondays 5:30-7:30
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.

HSGA 6133 Medieval Religious Institutions
4 Credits (Mueller) (Call # 12992) Thursdays 5:30-8:00
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.

HSGA 8025 Seminar: Medieval Religious Cultures
4 Credits (Gyug) (Call # 12995) Mondays 2:30-5:00
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.

LAGA 6521 Latin Palaeography
3 Credits (Clark) (Call # 12974) Thursdays 2:30-4:30
“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.

PHGA 5010 Introduction to St. Thomas
4 Credits (Klima) (Call # 13007) Mondays 11:00-1:00
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.

PHGA5012 Introduction to St. Augustine
4 Credits (Pini) (Call # 13008) Mondays 4:00-6:00
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.

RSGA 6465 Asceticism & Monasticism
3 Credits (Lienhard) (Call # 13267) Wednesdays 5:30–7:30
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.

FRGA 5090 French for Reading
0 Credits (Harris) (Call # 13004) Tuesdays 4:15-6:45
GEGA 5090 German for Reading II
0 Credits (Ray) (Call # 13005) Mondays, Thursdays 11:30-12:45

Advance Notice of Summer 2006 Courses:

LAGA 5093 Ecclesiastical Latin: An Introduction
  (Clark) (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 medieval thinkers.

  (Gyug) (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.

FRGA 5090 French for Reading
0 Credits (Staff) Summer Session I Mondays, Wednesdays 6:00-9:00 pm
GEGA 5090 Latin for Reading
0 Credits (Staff) Summer Session I Tuesdays, Thursdays 1:00-4:00

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