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Summer 2017

MVST 5570 (4) Medieval Crusades
Call # 10159 (Paul) Session I, TR 4 - 7 p.m.

This course adopts an interdisciplinary approach to the study of the medieval crusades in the Levant, southern France, Iberia, and the Baltic, with attention paid to the Islamic and Byzantine perspectives. The sources to be discussed include chronicles, charters, sermons, literary texts, songs, and hagiography, as well as architectural and artistic monuments and objects. Among the themes to be treated are crusader motivations, crusades and memory, European “colonization,” women and family in crusading society, crusading liturgies, the military orders, and diplomacy.

MVST 8999 (1-4) Tutorial: Study Tour of Medieval Spain
Call # 24286 (Myers) (TBA)

One of the great medieval pilgrimage routes, the Camino de Santiago crosses northern Spain from the passes of the Pyrenees to Santiago de Compostela. This tutorial will consider the legends of the Camino, some of its many surviving monuments, and the modern revival of the pilgrimage. The bulk of the tutorial consists of walking for two weeks as a peregrino/a from Leon to Santiago de Compostela. This class will meet periodically at Fordham before the walk to discuss reading assignments and prepare. Depending on the student's interest, the final project could involve devising a syllabus for future teaching or focus on some element of the pilgrimage and its history in the form of a journal.

LATN 5093 (3) Ecclesiastical Latin, Call # 10261 (McGowan) Session II, MW 6 - 9 p.m.

Study of the grammatical structure, form and vocabulary of Church Latin, focusing on the Bible, the Church Fathers, and medieval thinkers.

LATIN 5090 (0) Latin for Reading, Call # 10148 (McGowan) Session I, TR 6 - 9 p.m.
FREN 5090 (0) French for Reading - Taught at LC Campus, Call# 10160 (A. Clark) Session I, TR 6 - 9 p.m.
SPAN 5090 (0) Spanish for Reading - Taught at RH Campus, Call# 10161 (Méndez-Clark) Session I, TR 1- 4 p.m.

Fall 2017

MVST 5077 (4) Editing Medieval Texts
Call# 34045 (Reilly) W 5:30 - 8 p.m.

This course explores the theory and practice of editing medieval texts. We will study how different types of edition influence our readings of texts, whether in literary criticism, historiography, theology, or other disciplines of medieval studies. Through practical exercises and a final editorial project, we will see how such editions get made and what choices underlie them. Our choices will be informed by reading both foundational and contemporary articles that argue for a particular rationale or editorial practice (Lachmannian, Best-Text, facsimile, documentary, versioning, etc.). Special attention will be given to editorial practice in the digital age.

ENGL 6224 (3) French of England: Texts and Literacies
Call # 33283 (Wogan-Browne) T 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

French of England helps prepare graduates in medieval disciplines deploy the newly important multilingual paradigms for the study of medieval English and related cultures. Each French of England course explores a different selection from the rich and under-researched francophone corpus (c. 1000 literary texts and large bodies of documentary records) composed and/or circulating in medieval England and related regions from the twelfth to the fifteenth centuries. French was a major regional and transnational language in England, used in literature, governance, administration, culture, trade, and the professions. Taking francophone literary and documentary culture into account changes our paradigms for English medieval literary history and prompts new thought about the relations between literature, literacy, and the entities we call ‘language’. Aiming to move as rapidly as possible from the pains of language-learning to the pleasures of reading text, the course combines a weekly linguistic practicum with a literary seminar and runs from 5.30 to 8.30pm on Tuesdays with a short refreshment break between the two parts. Previous experience of Old French is not required; basic reading or speaking of modern French is useful; experience with other languages is also sometimes enough of a help. If in doubt about whether your language experiences will be helpful, please email woganbrowne@fordham.edu

ENGL 6231 (3) Late Medieval Women
Call# 33284 (Erler) R 10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

The course will study women as producers and consumers of literature, that is as writers and readers. Instead of examining women as subjects of literary representation, we will use non-literary disciplines--social history, bibliography, iconography--to recover elements of women's lives in order to understand their involvement with reading. Like much current medieval scholarship, the class will employ cultural perspectives in which literature, history, and visual materials illuminate each other.

HIST 6078 (4) The Crusader States: The Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem 1099-1291
Call# 33885 (Paul) W 2:30 - 5 p.m.

This course charts the social, political, and cultural history of the feudal principalities that were established by Latin Christians in the Eastern Mediterranean in the wake of the First Crusade. Students will be introduced to the narrative and documentary sources through which the history of the Latin Kingdom has been constructed, as well as the archaeology and art of the Levant during the period of Frankish occupation and settlement. In addition, we will engage with the major historiographical debates concerning the constitutional organization of the Latin kingdom, the relationship between the Frankish crusaders and the Muslim and eastern Christian populations over whom they ruled, and the “colonial” character of the Latin settlements.

HIST 7150 (4) Proseminar: Medieval England
Call# 33886 (Kowaleski) T 2:30 - 5 p.m.

This course focuses on the social, economic, and administrative history of England from the eleventh through fifteenth centuries. Special emphasis is placed upon: 1) how to identify and exploit primary sources (such as wills, cartularies, court rolls, account rolls,and chronicles, among others) relevant to your research interests; 2) how to use major historical collections (such as Rolls Series, VCH, Record Commissioners, Royal Historical Manuscripts Commission, the Ordnance Survey, Selden Society, and others); and 3) gaining an awareness of the regions and landscape of medieval England, as well as the contributions of archaeology and historical geography. Besides treating thematic issues such as the church and society, law and legal system, the growth of government and administration, maritime trade and industry in town and country, the weekly discussions will also consider the society and economy of the peasantry, townspeople, and the landowning elite.

THEO 5300 (3/4) History of Christianity I
Call# 33241 (Lienhard) M 5:15 - 7:45 p.m.

The history of the doctrines and theology of Christianity from New Testament times to A.D. 1500. Topics treated are the canon of the Bible, the Trinity, the Person of Christ, grace and predestination, and the presence of Christ in the Eucharist. To accompany this study, books by some classic authors will be read: Jean Leclercq, Joseph Pieper, Etienne Gilson, and others, along with W. H. C. Frend's The Rise of Christianity.

THEO 6198: The Self in Early Christianity (3)
Call# 33244 (Dunning) W 9 - 11:30 a.m.

This course will explore various notions of the self in early and late ancient Christianity. We will begin by studying the broader philosophical context (as explored by thinkers such as Michel Foucault, Pierre Hadot, and Richard Sorabji) in which early Christians wrestled with various facets of what it means to be human. We will also investigate specific problems of theological anthropology that emerged in formative Christian thought at the intersection of broader late ancient ideas about biology, gender, embodiment, and cultural identity with specifically Christian notions such as scripture, incarnation, and resurrection.

THEO 5075: Syriac Language and Literature I
Call# 33249 (Fiano) F 9 -11:30 a.m.

This course is part of a two-semester introduction to Syriac, a dialect belonging to the Aramaic language branch. The first semester will introduce the scripts, cover grammatical foundations, and expose students from early on to the reading of texts. The second semester will be mostly spent reading Syriac literature, but some time will be devoted to select special topics in Syriac grammar. It is possible to take the first semester only.

FREN 5090 (0) French for Reading, Call# 24288 (TBA) W 8:30 - 11 a.m.
GERM 5001 (0) Graduate Reading in German I, Call# 15446 (Ebner) TF 11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

Spring 2018

MVST 5300: Occitania: Language and Power (O’Donnell, Paul) F 2 - 5 p.m.

ENGL 5210: Introduction to Old Norse Language and Literature (Chase) R 2:30 - 5 p.m.

HIST 8150: Seminar: Medieval England (Kowaleski) T 2:30 - 5 p.m.

PHIL 5010: Introduction to St Thomas Aquinas (Davies) M 4 - 6 p.m.

PHIL 5012: Introduction to St Augustine (Pini) W 12 - 2 p.m.

THEO 6426: St. Augustine Mystical Theology (Lienhard) M 2:30 - 5 p.m.

THEO 5076: Syriac Language and Literature II (Fiano) F 2:30 - 5 p.m.