Spring 2020 Graduate Courses

Courses accepted for credit toward the MA degree in Medieval and Renaissance Studies. Course listings change often, please check departmental websites, as well as this page, to confirm courses.


The department of Art History and Archaeology requires students to apply for registration in certain courses please see the the department website for more information. 

Medieval Art II: From Pope Gregory to the Eve of the Reformation
G. Bryda
AHIS GU 4023

Gothic Nature
G. Bryda
AHIS GU 4520

The Early Mosque: Shaping Sacred Space
A. Shalem

Painting in Sixteenth-Century Japan
Matthew P McKelway
AHAR GR8643 Call 12937

Painting and Society in the Fifteenth Century Netherlands
David A Freedberg
AHAR GR8310 Call 13604

Canterbury Tales
Eleanor Johnson

Renaissance Literature and (the History of) Sexuality
Julie Crawford
ENGL GU 4104

Medieval Romance
Christopher Baswell
CLEN GU6045 Call 11424

Literature and Science in Early Modern England
Alan Stewart

Renaissance Drama: Early Modern Race Studies
Jean E Howard and Kim F Hall

French Literature of the 17th Century
Pierre Force

Jews, Magic, and Science in Premodern Europe

Medieval Franciscans and their World
N. Senocak

Science and Art in Early Modern Europe

Medieval & Renaissance Philology
Adam Kosto

Directed Individual Readings
Adam Kosto

MA Thesis I
Adam Kosto
MRST 6998

MA Thesis II
Adam Kosto

Sufism, Shari’a, and Poli
Middle East GR6231

Music, Musicians and Mobility in the Early Modern Period
MUS GU4109
David J. Burn, Queen Wilhelmina Visiting Professor at Columbia University, and Professor & Head of Research in Early Music, University of Leuvenn (Belgium) 
No Musical Expertise Required. 

Topics in Early Modern Philosophy
Christina Mercer
PHIl GU4950
Topic: Ultimate Knowledge and How to Get It 
Main questions of focus: what is the object of ultimate knowledge (UK) and what sort of subject can have it? If we think of the subject of UK (i.e., the seeker of UK) as the self, what is the self like such that it seeks UK? What motivates it to do so? What must the self do to achieve such knowledge? In the movement to UK, does the self change? If so, why and how? What motivates the self to change? To what extent is the self transformed in its path to UK? What does the self lose and what gain? To what extent is the self transformed by UK? Is the path to UK an individual one or does it involve a community? Given that life is full of change and even suffering, what role do they play in the path to UK? What faculties are most important? What role do experience reason, love, sympathy and other capacities play in achieving UK? Finally, what’s the point of seeking UK?
Course texts will include Plato, Plotinus, (possibly) Augustine, and Teresa of Avila before turning to the philosophy of Anne Conway

Canon Law & Medieval Christianity
Robert E. Somerville
REL GU4171

Japanese Religion
Bernard Faure