Medieval Studies Summer Courses

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MVST 5311 R21 - Arthurian Literature
Graduate Summer Session II, July 5 - August 8, 2023
Rose Hill: TTh, 01:00PM - 04:00PM

This seminar will provide an overview of Arthurian romance themes and adaptations in Europe. Chrétien de Troyes may not have written the very first chivalric romance, but he was the pioneer who defined the genre and created the texts which would set the standard for centuries to come. The central role which Chrétien’s œuvre occupied in the French-speaking world is reflected in a wave of adaptations into many other vernacular languages, set off almost instantly and covering all of medieval Europe. In this class, we will focus on three literary traditions: the Yvain, Tristan, and Perceval stories in their early Old French versions as well as their Middle High German, Middle English, and Old Norse adaptations. The degree to which these translations try to recreate their sources’ original content varies greatly and is determined by a nexus of cultural, political, and social factors, which we will examine in some detail. Students are expected to read the Middle English versions in well-annotated editions. All other texts can be prepared in English translation, while some of the class time will be dedicated to closely reading some crucial passages in the original vernacular languages. Additional texts in other languages (Italian, Latin), in post-medieval renditions (e.g., T.S. Eliot’s "Wasteland" or Richard Wagner’s "Parsifal"), other media (films, opera, musicals), and material culture (frescoes, tapestries, book illuminations, etc) will be determined based on the interest of the seminar participants. In addition, we will make use of the rich resources New York City has to offer and explore some of the spectacular Arthurian artifacts housed in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Cloisters, and the J. P. Morgan Museum and Library—online if necessary, on-site if possible.

CRN: 15053

Instructor: Hafner, Susanne
4 credits

CLAS 3050 V21 - Pagans and Christians
Summer Session II, July 5 - August 7, 2023
Online: TWTh, 01:00PM - 04:00PM


CRN: 15008

Instructor: Keil, Matthew
4 credits

Fordham course attributes: AHC, COLI, MVST, REST

CLAS 4020 V11 - The Classical Tradition in Contemporary Fiction and Film
Summer Session I, May 30 - June 29, 2023
Online: MTWTh, 01:00PM - 04:00PM

This course provides a survey of classical works from ancient Greece and Rome and their reception in contemporary literature and film. The objective is threefold: first, to learn about patterns of narrative intrinsic to the representation of myth and history in classical literature; then, to observe how these patterns function both in works of the classical period and also in contemporary fiction and film; and finally, to consider why classical antiquity has proved an enduring source of inspiration for writers and film-makers of today.

CRN: 14882

Instructor: Baquerizo, Olivia
4 credits

Fordham course attributes: COLI, ICC

LATN 1004 V11 - Intensive Latin
Summer Session I, May 30 - June 29, 2023
Online: MW, 01:00PM - 04:00PM

An accelerated introduction to the Latin language covering a full year of grammar in one semester. From here, students are able to enter LATN 1501.

CRN: 14870

Instructor: McGowan, Matthew
4 credits

Fordham course attributes: MVLA, MVST

LATN 3061 V21 - Christian Latin
Summer Session II, July 5 - August 7, 2023
Online: MW, 01:00PM - 04:00PM

A study of the language and literature of the late classical and early Christian eras. Taught in Latin.

CRN: 15015

Instructor: McGowan, Matthew
4 credits

Fordham course attributes: ALC, AMCS, COLI, MVLA, MVST, REST

HIST 1300 L21 - Understanding Historical Change: Medieval
Summer Session II, July 5 - August 7, 2023
Lincoln Center: TWTh, 09:00AM - 12:00PM

Introduction to the nature and methods of historical study and the examination of specific topics essential for understanding the emergence and development of Europe from the decline of the Roman Empire to the early Renaissance. A topical study of political, social, economic, religious, and cultural issues, ideas, and institutions.

CRN: 14942

Instructor: Bruno, Christina
3 credits

Fordham course attributes: EP1, FRHI, HC, MVST, OCHS, OCST

THEO 3715 PW1 - Classic Islamic Texts
Summer Session III, May 30 - August 7, 2023
Online, Asynchronous

This course explores classical, medieval, modern, and contemporary texts of Islam, including the Quran, Hadith, and philosophical, historical, mystical, ritual, and legal texts.

CRN: 15054

Instructor: Kueny, Kathryn
3 credits

Prerequisites: THEO 1000 or HPRH 1001 or THEO 1006 or THEO 1007 or THEO 1008 or THEO 1009 or THEO 1010 or HPLC 1401

Classes listed as either Lincoln Center or Rose Hill will meet on-campus only. Classes listed as "Online" during Session I or II will meet synchronously online during their scheduled meeting times. Students in different time zones should plan accordingly. Session III online courses are asynchronous (exceptions are noted in course descriptions).

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