Comparative Literature



Workshop in Medieval and Renaissance Studies MEDI-GA 2000 (same as ENGL-GA 2270) Martha Rust
A forum for cultivating the interdisciplinary study of students working in the medieval and early modern periods and for preparing students to meet the demands of the professional world of Medieval and Renaissance Studies. Workshop activities will be guided first and foremost by the interests of Workshop participants and may include discussing and critiquing pre-circulated papers or works-in-progress presented by NYU faculty, visiting scholars, and members of the Workshop; learning and practicing the protocols for submitting papers for conferences and various forms of publication, and for writing grant proposals; designing teaching strategies; and discovering and experimenting with new research tools. The Workshop may also engage with overarching issues of concern to the field, such as the benefits and limitations of periodization and the role of Medieval and Renaissance Studies in the academy and in society at large. Enrollment in the Workshop for two semesters, preferably over the course of one academic year, is a requirement for the Concentration in Medieval and Renaissance Studies, but the Workshop is also open to students who are not pursuing the Concentration, and all students working in the Middle Ages and Renaissance are welcome to attend the Workshop even if they are not enrolled in it as a course. 2 credits


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Medieval and Renaissance Studies

Renaissance Latin (MEDI-GA2100) T 7-9om, Jonathan Gnoza
The course “Renaissance Latin” has two aims: to improve students’ ability to read and translate Renaissance Latin, and to increase students’ understanding and appreciation of Renaissance Latin literature. Students will read selections from a variety of Latin texts, of which the authors include Petrarch, Boccaccio, Guarino, Leonardo Bruni, Lorenzo Valla, Jacopo Sannazaro, Pico della Mirandola, Erasmus, St. Thomas More, and others.  Most of the texts are prose, but the study of poetic selections will include attention to meter. The focus will be on the Italian Renaissance, but the Northern Renaissance will be represented. Attentive study of these Latin texts will serve as a means to elucidate some of the major intellectual currents that constitute the Renaissance.  Prerequisites: one year of college-level Latin or equivalent.  4 credits