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MVST 4040 L21 - Exploring Medieval NY
Summer Session II, July 5 - August 4, 2022
Lincoln Center: MTWTh, 01:00PM - 04:00PM

All five boroughs of New York City bear traces of the medieval, despite having been built, as we see them, long after the period that corresponds with the European Middle Ages (c. 500 to c.1500 CE) ended. This course aims to explore the medieval, broadly understood, in New York City, keeping in mind several categories: Medieval objects and artifacts in New York City. How did they get here? Where and when are they from? This embraces both medieval history and the collecting activities of tycoons and scholars as they decided what was medieval. How do the accumulations of cultural patrimony show the history of the city, and how are they experienced by different populations in the city today? Medieval-inspired objects and architecture. Why do “medieval” structures within the city look the way they look? From apartment buildings to houses of worship to colleges and universities to monuments, the medieval takes a particular form in New York City and has a number of not always obvious meanings. Medieval-inspired people and communities of practice. How do self-professed medieval practitioners (crafting, music, art, combat, etc.) define their relationship to the medieval? How have public literary or artistic figures interpreted the medieval in New York? New York IN the Middle Ages. What did New York look like during the period that corresponds with the European Middle Ages? How did indigenous people who lived in New York experience and interact with the land that we stand on now? How can we, standing at such a distance, hope to glimpse what they might have seen? New York City through the lens of the medieval city. What can New York, arguably the archetypical modern megalopolis, tell us about medieval cities, and vice versa? How can we use comparison with a medieval city to shed light on urban life more broadly? Students will participate in the Medieval New York project sponsored by Fordham’s Center for Medieval Studies. This project aims to investigate these issues and to craft walking itineraries around the city, showcasing these sites and ideas through the use of audio guides and multimedia materials for a broad public audience. By the end of this project, in addition to talking through these issues, student groups will have crafted itineraries of their own that will be featured on the project’s site at medievalny.ace.fordham.edu.

CRN: 14577
Instructor: Bruno, Maria
4 credits

Fordham course attributes: MVST


MVST 5103 V31 - Reading Richard Rolle's World
Summer Session III, May 31 - August 4, 2022
Online, Asynchronous

Graduate course. Richard Rolle of Hampole was perhaps the most influential and widely read English author of the late Middle Ages. Exceeded in testamentary bequests only by biblical and liturgical books, Rolle’s writings exercised immense influence over the literary, mystical, and devotional cultures of late medieval and early modern England. The hermit penned meditations on Christ’s passion, lyrics that would shape devotional poetry for a generation, popular books of instruction for female religious, an English translation and commentary on the Psalter, and experimental Latin prose works teetering on alliterative chaos. His corpus captures the devotional spirit of 14th-century England. In this interdisciplinary seminar, we will survey Rolle’s writings and explore their literary, theological, affective, hermeneutic, and theoretical innovations. We will also glance backward at the sources from which Rolle draws, and forward to his impact on future authors of spiritual literature. Rollean texts may include Melos amoris, Incendium amoris, English Psalter, Meditations on the Passion, Ego Dormio, and devotional lyrics; readings may also include selections from Bernard’s Sermons on the Song of Songs, the Wooing Group, Cloud of Unknowing, Of Angels' Song, Book of Margery Kempe, Middle English lyrics, biblical plays from York and Chester, and late medieval songs. No prior experience with Middle English or Latin is required. Note: Four-credit courses that meet for 150 minutes per week require three additional hours of class preparation per week on the part of the student in lieu of an additional hour of formal instruction.

CRN: 14057
Instructor: Albin, Andrew
4 credits

Fordham course attributes: MVST

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Hybrid courses will meet in person on campus at the times indicated; additional online work will also be required.