Spring 2015

Updated 8/28/2014

(The following list represents just those spring courses we already know about.  Stay tuned for updates).

English and Comparative Literature

ENGL G6— Troilus and Criseyde and its Neighbors (Christopher Baswell)  M 10:10AM-12:00PM
ENGL G6— Writing Lives in Early Modern England (Alan Stewart)
ENGL W4130  Literature to 1550 (Eleanor Johnson) TR 10:10-11:25AM
ENGL W4211 Milton (Michael Komorowski) TBD
History
HIST G8100, The Medieval Mediterranean, M 2:10-4:00 (?) Instructor: Adam Kosto     Points: 4         SEMINAR
This colloquium examines the problem of the integrated study of Mediterranean societies and institutions in the pre-modern period through readings in recent scholarship and select primary sources.  We will focus on themes and places that seem to best lend themselves to such an integrated approach. The course is designed for graduate students in medieval history and others preparing for original research or oral examinations fields on Mediterranean subjects.  Participants should be prepared to read works in either French or another Romance language; Latin and German will also be helpful.

HIST G8906, Craft and Science: Objects and Their Making in the Early Modern World Instructor: Pamela Smith  Points: 4  COLLOQUIA

This course will study the materials, techniques, settings, and meanings of skilled craft and artistic practices in the early modern period (1350-1750), in order to reflect upon a series of issues, including craft knowledge and artisanal epistemology; the intersections between craft and science; and questions of historical methodology and evidence in the reconstruction of historical experience. The course will be run as a “Laboratory Seminar,” with discussions of primary and secondary materials, as well as hands-on work in a laboratory. This course is one component of the Making and Knowing Initiative of the Center for Science and Society (short description attached). Thus, in its first years, this course contributes to the collective production of a critical edition of a late sixteenth-century manuscript, Ms. Fr. 640. Students are encouraged to take this course for both semesters (or more) but will only receive full credit once.
Italian
ITAL G4098 Italian Renaissance Epic II M 2:10pm-4:00pm Instructor: Jo Ann Cavallo  Points: 3  LECTURE
An in-depth study of Italy’s two major romance epics, Boiardo’s Orlando Innamorato and Ariosto’s Orlando Furioso, in their literary and historical contexts. Topics include creative imitation, genre,allegory, ideology, and politics. Attention will also be given to the place of these two texts in the global history of the epic.
ITAL G4018 Renaissance Italy and the Ottoman Empire  W 2:10pm-4:00pm Instructor: Pier Mattia Tommasino Points: 3  LECTURE
The main focus of this seminar is the analysis and the discussion of a specific Renaissance literary genre.  The turcica were texts on the Turks and the Ottoman Empire written approximately between the Conquest of Constantinople (1453) and the battle of Vienna (1683).  The genre includes military reports, histories, and genealogies of the Ottoman empire, ethnographic accounts and polemical pamphlets.  Through an in-depth analysis of primary source, we will discuss the role of the Ottoman Empire in the self-definition of European identity, with a particular interest in the Italian historians and orientalists.  PDFs or photocopies of the texts will be distributed one week before each class meeting so that students may prepare them for discussion.