Spring 2015

Anthropology

ANTH-GA 3392 3
Medieval Archaeology
R 2:00 – 4:45 PM
Crabtree

Comparative Literature

COLIT-GA 3921
Discourse & Society: The Renaissance Spatial Turn
W 11.00 – 1.45
Duffy

English

ENGL-GA.2271 1
Workshop in Medieval & Renaissance Studies
(Originates in MARC)
W 11:00 – 12:15 PM
Momma

ENGL-GA 2333
Elizabethan and Jacobean Drama
T 3:30 – 5:30 PM
Archer

ENGL-GA 3323
Renaissance Prose
Th 1:00-3:00 PM
Fleming and Halpern

French

FREN-GA 2290 2
The Emotions in Medieval French Literature, Th 3:30 – 6:00, Vitz

Course taught in English.  This course focuses on the role and representation of the emotions in French medieval literature, with particular focus on narrative of the 11th-13th centuries.

We begin with some large issues, such as: What are emotions? Is there some “basic list” of emotions?—and if not, why not? To what degree is there a “history” of emotions? What is the vocabulary of emotions in Old French literature?—what words were used? Who has (and doesn’t have), emotions: What of the role of gender, of class? What about religious/supernatural figures: God, Jesus, the Virgin, saints, angels, demons? Animals, monsters, etc.? And other “others”?  How were emotions distinguished from vices and virtues? From temperament and permanent character traits? From appetites? From feelings? With regard to audience response: how were/are emotional responses to works related to (and distinct from) physiological and cognitive responses? Do readers seem to have had different emotional response from those who saw/heard performed works?

Thus, we have a large set of large questions that we will raise at the start of the course, with some theoretical /philosophical/ theological readings (e.g., from the Bible, the Stoics, Augustine, Bernard of Clairvaux, Thomas Aquinas, rhetorical treatises). What were the important kinds of agreements and disagreements about emotions in the Middle Ages—and how did thinking on the issues develop? How much was vernacular literature influenced by philosophical and theological disagreements?

We then focus our attention on major examples from particular genres—since it appears to be the case that, for the most part, in this period, different genres handle and evoke emotions quite differently: each genre seems to focus on some emotions, and avoid others. We will look at saints’ lives and pious tales; an epic (La Chanson de Roland, and a few excerpts from other chansons de geste); romance (esp. Yvain but with glimpses elsewhere); lais of Marie de France; beast epic (Le Roman de Renart); and a few fabliaux. Toward the end of the semester, we will look at a few short 14th and 15th c. texts to see how the handling of emotions has changed and what has changed it—one example being the increased interest in the humours, such as melancholy. I am open to having us pause to examine texts that are of particular interest to the students in the class.

Students need to read modern French; we will work on Old French as needed in class.

Texts to purchase:
La Chanson de Roland (Lettres gothiques)
Chrétien de Troyes, Yvain ou le chevalier au lion (Lettres gothiques)
Other texts will be handed out in class, read on-line, or put into a Reader.

Fine Arts (IFA)

FINH-GA 2513 3
From Dehli to the Deccan: Arts of Mobility in South Asia
T 3:00 – 5:00 PM
Students must have permission from the instructors before registering for this course.
Flood and Khera

FINH-GA 2528 3
Truth/Fiction: Current Research in Medieval Art
R 12:30 – 2:30 PM
Maxwell

FINH-GA 2532 3
Velázquez
Th 3:00 – 5:00 PM
Reading knowledge of Spanish is helpful but not obligatory
Students must have permission from the instructor before registering for this course.
Brown

FINH-GA 2534 3
Proto-Histories of Art: Art Conservation as Embedded Theory
W 3:00 – 5:00
Students must have permission from the instructors before registering for this course.
Nagel and Etienne

FINH-GA 3017 3
The Qur’an as Object, the Qur’an as Text
F 10:00 – 12:00 PM
Students must have permission from the instructor before registering for this course.
Soucek

FINH-GA 3026 3
Visualizing World and Cosmos in Late Antiquity
W 3:00 – 5:00
Students must have permission from the instructor before registering for this course.
Thomas

FINH-GA 3028 3
Dreams and Visions in Medieval Art
T 10:00 – 12:00 PM
Maxwell

FINH-GA 3029 3
Raphael’s Networks
T 12:30 – 2:30
Wolk-Simon

FINH-GA 3034 3
Revisiting the Carracci Academy
Th 12:30 – 2:30 PM
Students will be expected to read Italian, German, and French
Hood

FINH-GA 3043 3
Architectural Theory and Practice in the Italian Renaissance
W 5:30 – 7:30
Students must have the permission of the instructor before registering for this course.
Trachtenberg

Hebrew and Judaic Studies

HBRJD-GA 1235 [3 points]
Biblical Interpretations: The Song of Songs
T 11:00 – 1:45
Kozodoy

History

HIST-GA 3115 1
Proseminar in Medieval and Renaissance Studies
(Originates in MARC)
T 2:00 – 4:45 PM
Bedos-Rezak

Institute for the Study of the Ancient World
ISAW-GA 3013
Astrological Texts in Papyri and Medieval Manuscripts
Alexander Jones
alexander.jones@nyu.edu
Wednesdays 2:00-5:00pm
This seminar will constitute an introduction to the fundamentals of Greco-Roman astrology and its transmission, through the study of selected texts and documents preserved in Greco-Egyptian papyri and medieval manuscripts.
Knowledge of ancient Greek and permission of the instructor is required.

Italian
ITAL-GA 2312 2
Paradiso
T 3:30 – 6:10 PM
Class conducted in Italian.
Ardizzone

Medieval and Renaissance Center

MEDI-GA 1100 1
Proseminar in Medieval and Renaissance Studies
cross-listed as HIST-GA 3115
T 2:00 – 4:45 PM
Bedos-Rezak

MEDI-GA 2000 1
Workshop in Medieval & Renaissance Studies
cross-listed as ENGL-GA.2271
W 11:00 – 12:15 PM
Momma

MEDI-GA 2100-001 2
Studies in Late Latin and Early Vernaculars: Medieval Latin
T 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Gnoza