Updated 10/31/2014 (The following list represents just those spring courses we already know about. Stay tuned for updates).
English and Comparative Literature
CLEN G6707 Magic, Carnival, Sacrament, Theater, TR 10:10A-11:25A, Instructor: Julie Peters
ENGL W4130 Literature to 1550, TR 10:10-11:25AM Instructor: Eleanor Johnson
ENGL W4211 Milton, TBD Instructor: Michael Komorowski
ENGL G6002 Troilus and Criseyde and its Neighbors, M 10:10AM-12:00PM Instructor: Christopher Baswell
ENGL G6129 Writing Lives in Early Modern England, W 9:00A-12:00P Instructor: Alan Stewart
ENGL G6199 Early Modern Literature: Writing London, M 2:10P-4:00P Instructor: Jean Howard
HIST BC4062 Medieval Economic Life & Thought, T 4:10P-6:00P, Instructor: Joel Kaye Points: 4 SEMINAR
HIST W4083 – Crime and Punishment in the Middle Ages, R 2:10-4 Instructor: Neslihan Senocak Points: 4 SEMINAR
Crime and its control continues to be a challenging issue for modern states despite all the high-tech forensic aid. Fewer crimes go unpunished compared to the Middle Ages, but the battle to lower the crime rates, and to curb violence is still as fierce as it was in medieval Europe. This course is primarily designed to examine critically what the medieval people considered crime, why, who tended to commit these crimes, and what worked well and what did not in their system of criminal justice. The study of medieval crime records and criminal law presents a great opportunity for the study of the lives and minds of people from various social classes, their contemporary moral and cultural values, and the solutions they have invented to the universal problems associated with creating and maintaining an order in the society. Class discussions will encourage comparisons between the modern and medieval aspects of criminal justice. NOTE: APPLICATION REQUIRED
HIST G8100, The Medieval Mediterranean, W 11:00A-12:50P Instructor: Adam Kosto Points: 4 Colloquium
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 G8368 EARLY MODERN BRITISH HIST, R 09:00A-10:50 Instructor: Christopher BROWN, Points: 4 SEMINAR
HIST G8906, Craft and Science: Objects and Their Making in the Early Modern World Instructor: Pamela Smith Points: 4 COLLOQUIA M 9-12:50; place Chandler 260-262
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 Columbia Center for Science and Society. 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.
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.