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Course Descriptions

Fall 2004

Medieval Studies | Central Eurasian Studies | Classical Studies
Comparative Literature | College of Arts & Sciences
Early Music Institute | English | French and Italian | Germanic Studies
History | History & Philosophy of Science | History of Art
Near Eastern Languages and Cultures | Philosophy
Religious Studies | Spanish & Portuguese

Medieval Studies Courses 

M200 The Medieval Court: Romance and Reality (3 cr.)
Instructor: S. Lindenbaum
Time: 1:00 pm. - 2:15 pm. MW
Location: BH 146

This course asks students to imagine what it was like to live at the court of an English king or great nobleman in the late Middle Ages. We will learn about everday life in a castle: how people at court spent their time, the sources of the lord's income ande life style, and the important roles played by the women of the household. We'll also investigate the courtiers' encounters with other cultures, and, of course, how they entertained themselves with stories of chivalry and courtly love. Each student will choose an actual noble person or retainer of the time through whose eyes to experience life at court. We'll sample the kind of reading courtiers liked to do -- not just romances (including legends of King Arthur), but also biographies of medieval celebrities, saints' lives, and rule-books of good manners and chivalry. For writing, there will be short papers in which you recreate the daily occupations and reading experiences of a courtly household.

M815 (1-4 cr.) Readings in Medieval Civilization

Instructor: H. Storey
Time: AR
Location: AR

Students wishing to enroll in M815 should first consult with Prof. Wayne Storey, Director of the Medieval Studies Institute

Cross-Listed Courses

Central Eurasian Studies

U177/U520 Introductory Persian I (4 cr.)
Instructor: S. Daneshgar
Time: 10:10 am. - 11:00 am. D



We will begin by studying the writing system and proper pronunciation. We will then concentrate on learning the basic grammatical structures of the language and developing a working vocabulary of four hundred words. Written and oral drills, graded readings and short written compositions, translation exercises and simple conversations will all play their role in gaining a thorough command of the fundamental elements of the language. There will be a short exam following each chapter, as well as a final.

U277/U520 Intermediate Persian II (3 cr.)

Instructor: S. Daneshgar
Time: 11:15 am. - 12:05 pm. MWF
Location: ED 101

This course will continue the study of modern standard Persian begun in Elementary Persian, concentrating on the mastery of phrase and sentence structures and vocabulary acquisition. The class will include the study of the four major language skills—reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Special emphasis will be given to reading and translating texts written in various styles of increasing complexity, drawn from both Windfuhr's textbook and from modern Iranian publications selected by the instructor. All students are required to purchase the dictionary listed below, if they have not already done so for Introductory Persian. Textbook exercises, quizzes, short compositions, and conversational drills will help students develop their command of Persian.  There will be midterm and final exams.


  • Modern Persian: Intermediate Level I by Gernot Windfuhr and Shapour Bostanbakhsh.
  • An Introduction to Persian by Wheeler M. Thackston.
  • The Combined New Persian-English and English-Persian Dictionary by Abbas and Manoochehr Aryanpur-Kashani.
  • Additional readings selected by instructor.

U311/U511 Prophets, Poets, and Kings: Iranian Civilization (3 cr.)

Instructor: J. Choksy
Time: 3:00 pm. - 4:15 pm. MW
Location: FA 010

This course traces the history, beliefs, and culture of Iranians from ancient times through the Arab conquest to the twenty-first century. It focuses on politics, administrative and social institutions, religions including Zoroastrianism, Manichaeism, and Islam (Sunnism, Shi‘ism, and Sufism), relationship between secular and ecclesiastic hierarchies, status of minorities, devotional and communal change, and Iranian influences on Islamic culture. Lectures and discussions cover the Achaemenian, Parthian, Sasanian, Umayyad, ‘Abbasid, Samanid, Buyid, Seljuk, Mongol, Timurid, Safavid, Qajar, and Pahlavi dynasties, and the Islamic republic. Readings include the analysis of primary textual materials in translation. Visual and archeological aids will be used in class. No previous knowledge or course prerequisites are needed.

U368 The Mongol Century (3 cr.)

Instructor: C. Atwood
Time: 1:25 pm. - 2:15 pm. R
Location: BH 214

This class will explore through readings, art works, artefacts, and archeological remains, the empire built by the Mongols in the 13th century -- the largest land empire in the world. All readings will be from translated primary sources of the 13th and 14th centuries, written by the Mongols themselves and also by Persian, Chinese, Syriac, European, and other people that fought, allied, or traded with the Mongol conquerors. The course will explore the Mongols, the most spectacular example of the nomadic conquerors who played such a large role in all Eurasian history, and survey how their empire affected themselves and the peoples they conquered. By using primary sources, the course will also provide a survey of civilizations in Eurasia in the 13th and 14th centuries, and give a hands-on example of how historians build historical knowledge from varied sources.

Readings: Dawson, ed., Mission to Asia; Latham, trans., Travels of Marco Polo; Cleaves, trans., Secret History of the Mongols; course packet.

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U520 Glorification of Jihad: From Medieval to Modern  (3 cr.)

Instructor: K. Silay
Time: 2:30 pm. - 5:00 pm. R


GB 333
Seminar is designed for graduate students of Ottoman and Modern Turkish Studies.  Permission of instructor required.

This seminar explores the concept of Jihad and how it has been utilized in both medieval and modern discourses. Jihad as a medieval literary genre and Jihad as a modern political discourse will be examined through the use of primary and secondary sources, such as the Qur¹an, the Hadith, Ottoman historical and literary manuscripts, and more recent interpretations from Middle Eastern and Western popular and scholarly sources.

Classical Studies

L100 Elementary Latin I (4 cr.)
Instructor: Staff
Times and Locations:

9:05 - 9:55 am. MTWR ARR
10:10 - 11:00 am. MTWR ARR
11:15 am. - 12:05 pm. MTWR ARR
1:25 - 2:15 pm. MTWR ARR
2:30 - 3:20 pm. MTWR ARR

Introduction to the fundamentals of classical Latin. Forms, syntax, and the nature of the language are emphasized in the first term, by the end of the second term students read selections from classical authors. There will be four tests, weekly quizzes, and written assignments which will be evaluated daily.

L103 Intermediate Latin (4 cr.)

Instructor: Staff
Time: 9:05 - 9:55 am. MTWR
Location: HP 019

Description Forthcoming

L150 Intermediate Latin II (4 cr.)

Instructor: Staff
Time: 11:15 am. - 12:05 pm. MTWR
Location: KH 203

Description Forthcoming

L200 Second-Year Latin I (3 cr.)
Instructor: Staff
Times and Locations: 9:05 am. - 9:55 am. MWF BH 246
11:15 am. - 12:05 pm. MWF BH 149

Reading from selected authors, emphasizing the variety of Latin prose. Examination of the concept of genre. Grammar review or prose composition.

Credit not given for both L200 and L400.

Prerequisite: L103, L150 or placement.

L250 Second Year Latin II (3 cr.)

Instructor: Staff
Time: 10:10 am. - 11:15 am. MWF
Location: BH 233

Reading from Vergil's Aeneid with examination of the epic as a whole. Prosody of dactylic hexameter and study of poetic devices. Grammar review. Credit not given for both L250 and L400.

Prerequisite: L200 or placement.

L300 Intensive Introduction to Medieval and Classical Latin (5 cr.)

Instructor: C. Bannon
Time: 10:10 am. - 11:15 am. MWF
Location: BH 237

Description Forthcoming

L409 Readings in Medieval Latin II (3 cr.)

Instructor: B. Balint
Time: 1:00 pm. - 2:15 pm. MW

BH 247

L409 Readings in Medieval Latin – This course will survey the poetry and prose written in Latin from Jerome (c. 400) to the Carmina Burana (c. 1230).  We’ll read excerpts from the Vulgate Bible, biographies, miracle tales, love poems, letters, histories, riddles, visions, and satires, and discuss the ever-changing literary culture of the Middle Ages.  We will also become acquainted with the way Latin, the universal language of the Medieval West, was used, changed, and occasionally abused, when it was no longer anyone’s native language.  

College of Arts and Sciences

S103 Great Wall of China (3 cr.)
Instructor: C. Atwood
Time: 3:35 pm. - 4:25 pm. MWF

BH 18

Why was the Great Wall of China built? What made the two people of China and Mongolia so hostile that a vast wall had to be built to separate them? Is this wall a symbol of China’s might and glory, or a symbol of tyranny like the Berlin Wall? Did the wall actually keep out the “barbarians”? Can it really be seen from the moon? For almost 2,000 years how to handle the nomads of Mongolia was the most important foreign policy question for China’s rulers. At several different times and several different places from the third century BC to the twentieth century AD, they used walls to defend themselves from the nomads. The wall thus came to symbolize the social, economic, military, political, and cultural clash between China and Mongolia. Nevertheless, powerful Chinese emperors sometimes forced the nomads to submit, while at other times, as under Chinggis (Genghis) Khan, the Mongols broke through all barriers and founded dynasties to rule China.

To understand this conflict, students will explore fundamental issues of international relations: is conflict between different societies and cultures inevitable? Does greed always cause war or can economic interests be harnassed to make peace profitable? How much does domestic politics and ideology tie the hands of policy- makers confronting foreign threats? Can smaller powers make peace with larger neighbors without losing their independence and identity?

In the final section of the class, we will look at the new “great wall” of barbed wire that with contemporary Chinese colonization is fencing off the Inner Mongolian steppe. Is this new great wall a scientifically-based attempt to stop the invasion of sand and desertification from encroaching on China? Or is it an imposition of a centuries-old obsession in Chinese government with walling-off and fixing the land? In examining this little-known but very serious environmental issue, we will look at how the legacy of past conflicts along the Great Wall is shaping contemporary issues of environmental protection, minority rights, and land use.

Assignments and Grading:
Class assignments include quizzes and essays. The five quizzes include one map quiz which will allow students to demonstrate knowledge of the geography of China, Mongolia, and the neighboring border lands. The next four quizzes will familiarize the students with the names, dates, and key events in the four major periods of conflict around the Great Wall. Students will write four essays analyzing the four original sources from the ancient and medieval history of China and Mongolia. A take-home final will give students an opportunity to apply this historical insight to current problems of Chinese-Inner Mongolian relations.

Readings and Films:
Thomas Barfield, The Perilous Frontier: Nomadic Empires and China (1992)
Arthur Waldron, The Great Wall of China: From History to Myth (2002)
Dee Mack Williams, Beyond Great Walls: Environment, Identity, and Development on the Chinese Grasslands of Inner Mongolia (2002)
Course Packet
Film The Cowboy in Mongolia

Comparative Literature

C321/C523 Literary Traditions in Medieval Europe (3/4 cr.)
Instructor: R. McGerr
Time: 1:00 pm. - 2:15 pm. MW

SW 221

This course introduces students to the beauty, humor, and ntellectual sophistication of texts written in Europe between the sixth and fifteenth centuries, in order to help students learn more about medieval European cultures and allow students to compare early
literary traditions in Europe with literatures from other times and other areas of the world.  Another course goal is to help students enhance their general ability to read and write about texts analytically.  We will study representative medieval works from a variety of genres and modes (including epic, romance, lyric, drama, allegorical narrative, and satire).  We will explore such issues as the emergence of vernacular literature in the Middle Ages, the relationship of oral and written presentation of medieval texts, the influence of classical and Christian traditions on medieval texts, the relationship of medieval literature to music and the visual arts, and the social forces that shaped European literature during
this time.

Our texts will include a selection of lyric poems from the Latin and vernacular traditions, the Song of Roland, the Song of the Cid, Chrétien Troyes's  Yvain, Marie de France's Lais, Wolfram von Eschenbach's Parzival, Guillaume de Lorris and Jean de Meun's Romance of the Rose, Dante's Divine Comedy,  The Second Shepherd's Play, and Everyman.

Students in C 321 will take a mid-term and final exam and write one critical essay of six to eight pages.  The class will also examine medieval manuscripts at the Lilly Library.  Students in C 523 will write a response paper (2-3 pp.), a project proposal (3-5 pp.), and
a research project paper (20-25 pp.)

C321 satisfies  COAS Cultural Studies List A & AHLA requirements.

C513 Medieval Epic (4 cr.)

Instructor: R. McGerr
Time: 1:00 pm. - 2:15 pm. TR
Location: BH 146

This course will introduce students to the variety of narrative forms found in literatures from different times and cultures.   We will examine some of the ways in which critics and theorists interpret the aesthetic, psychological, and philosophical aspects of narrative.  Among the issues we will explore are the social functions of narrative texts, the relationship of gender and narrative form, the role of inter-textuality in narrative tradition, and the interplay of closed and open forms of narrative. In addition to examples of myth, fairy tale, parable, and legend, we will study more complex forms such as epic, romance, frame narrative, and novel.  The readings for the course will include texts from ancient times to the twentieth century: we will read a selection of traditional and literary fairy tales, legends, and fables, as well as The Odyssey, The Tale of Genji, Yvain, Inferno, The Decameron,
Lazarillo de Tormes, Candide, The Sorrows of Young Werther, Pride and Prejudice, To the Lighthouse, Things Fall Apart, “The Garden of Forking Paths,” and In the Labyrinth.  Students in C513 will have additional reading assignments in critical theory.

Writing Requirements:
Students in C313 will write one comparative essay (5-7 pages), take two quizzes on critical terms, and take a final exam.

Students in C513 will prepare two short class presentations on critical readings, a proposal for a comparative research project, and the completed research project.

*This course satisfies A&H requirements

Early Music Institute

M558 Musicians in the Middle Ages (1 cr.)
Instructor: W. Gillespie 
Time: 12:30 pm. - 2:00 pm. WF


MA B012

Description Forthcoming


E301 Literatures in English to 1600 (3 cr.)
Instructor: P. Ingham
Times and Locations: 9:30 am. - 10:45 am. TR SE 140
11:15 am. - 12:05 pm. F BH 134
11:15 am. - 12:30 pm. TR HP 010
How do texts of early English Literature imagine the community of peoples they purport to represent? Who has been included and who has been marginalized? How do premodern texts imagine the self in relation to a larger group identity? This course will engage these central questions in its survey of early literature in English from the Anglo-Saxon period to Elizabethan days. Readings will include Beowulf, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, extensive selections from Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, selections from The Book of Margery Kempe, Thomas Malory’s Morte Darthur, and Edmund Spenser’s The Faerie Queene, selected poems, plays, and important texts by Surrey, Marlowe, and Shakespeare. Course requirements include a midterm and final, quizzes and exercises, and two longer written analyses. Regular attendance and participation are expected.

L306 Middle English Literature (3 cr.)
Instructor: L. Clopper
Time: 11:15 am. -12:30 pm. MWF
Location: SY 105

Description Forthcoming

L307 Medieval & Tudor Drama (3 cr.)

Instructor: S. Lindenbaum
Time: 2:30 pm. - 3:45 pm. MWF
Location: SE 245

Description Forthcoming

L383 The Medieval Court: Romance and Reality (3 cr.)

Instructor: S. Lindenbaum
Time: 1:00 pm. - 2:15 pm. MW

WH 106

This course asks students to imagine what it was like to live at the court of an English king or great nobleman in the late Middle Ages. We will learn about everday life in a castle: how people at court spent their time, the sources of the lord's income ande life style, and the important roles played by the women of the household. We'll also investigate the courtiers' encounters with other cultures, and, of course, how they entertained themselves with stories of chivalry and courtly love. Each student will choose an actual noble person or retainer of the time through whose eyes to experience life at court. We'll sample the kind of reading courtiers liked to do -- not just romances (including legends of King Arthur), but also biographies of medieval celebrities, saints' lives, and rule-books of good manners and chivalry. For writing, there will be short papers in which you recreate the daily occupations and reading experiences of a courtly household.

G405/G601 Studies in the English Language (3 cr.)

Instructor: E. Kintgen
Time: 1:00 pm. - 2:15 pm. MW

WH 106

The goal of G601 is to prepare students to read Old English prose and poetry with the help of a dictionary. The first half of the course will be devoted to learning the necessary grammar; the second, to reading interesting selections in prose and three or four poems including “Caedmon’s Hymn,” “The Wanderer,” “The Seafarer,” and “The Dream of the Rood.” “The Battle of Bunanburh,” a poem in the Old English Chronicle, will be the basis of a paper evaluating different translations. There will be an in-class midterm on grammar and translation and a take-home final on the readings from the second half of the course.

L613/L713 Middle English Literature  (3 cr.)

Instructor: L. Clopper
Time: 1:25 pm. - 4:25 pm. W
Location: Arr

The course will focus on political themes with an emphasis on forms of resistance. We might begin the course with a study of Chaucer's General Prologue, Langland's Prologue (with other excerpts from Piers), excerpts from Gower's work, and possibly some passages from Wyclif to show how each used the same theoretical construct--the three-estates model--but to different ideological purposes. Then we might move to challenges to the traditional structures of medieval society: the 1381 Peasants' Revolt and its literature (a hot topic); the Lollard challenge to the hierarchical church; the challenge of lay piety to clerical hegemony (there are a variety of texts possible here, including the drama, translations of biblical narratives, translations of clerical manuals); and women's transformations of religious and social structures (again a lot of material possible). We will read Pearl under the rubric of resistance to the father.

Although we will use the Middle English texts in class, MODERN ENGLISH TRANSLATIONS of them will be made available as far as possible.

Students will write several brief response papers and a research paper of about 25 pages. Each student will also give an oral presentation on one of the works we read and another presentation on the research project. It would be helpful if students would contact me with ideas for their research before the semester begins. If that is not possible, we will discuss the possibilities within the first week or so or classes.

French and Italian

M307 Masterpieces of Italian Literature 1 (3 cr.)
Instructor: H.W. Storey
Time: 11:15 am. - 12:30 pm. TR
Location: Arr 

Study of texts and movements in their historical contexts from Dante's Florence to Veronica Franco's 16th-century Venice, with an emphasis on the notions of the place and politics in which representative works were written and read. The course is designed to achieve a reading competency in the diverse styles and historical contexts of representative works from the first centuries of Italian literature through careful readings of selected passages. Readings will include selections from, among others: Dante's Inferno, Boccaccio's Decameron, Petrarca's Canzoniere, Ariosto's Orlando, Machiavelli's rincipe, Franco's Lettere and Stampa's Rime. Taught in Italian. 

M503 Medieval Lit: Petrarch & Petrarchism (3 cr.)

Instructor: J. Bondanella
Time: 3:35 pm - 5:30 pm. W
Location: BH 242 

Petrarch’s Canzoniere and the Formation of the Self-Reflextive Lyric Mode

This course will provide an in-depth introduction to Petrarch’s Rime sparse (or  Canzoniere).  Petrarch’s poetry stands as a bridge between earlier and later lyric traditions, the primary lyric and narrative source for six centuries of lyric and love poetry. We will explore the moral, literary, technical and architectural tasks Petrarch confronted in composing his songbook; the development of an introspective voice and lyric persona that could be adapted beyond the male-centered tradition; the re-invention of the literary language or rhetoric of love; the formation of a lyric songbook; the function of mythological types and figurative language (imagery, oxymora, conceits); the depiction of women as object and icon; issues of inter-textuality; themes or topoi, including innamoramento, dreaming and vision, memory, time and fame, solitude and nature, endless desire and unrequited love,  the body and chastity of the beloved, and the lover’s ecstasy; psychological dynamics, including anxiety, pain, disease, and melancholy; images
of cruelty, hunting, killing and resurrection; political and cultural references; neo-platonism; genre and lyric theory. Although the course will focus on Petrarch, we will look at the context of the Canzoniere, including the lyrics of Ovid, Occitan poetry, the poetry of Renaissance Europe, and some sample lyrics of modern pop music.  (Was Petrarch himself a “pop icon”?) We will also explore basic lyrical forms, metrics, and fundamental elements of Petrarchan poetics.  Selections from Petrarch’s other works, the Secretum in its entirety, and Augustine’s Confessions will be required along with a variety of secondary materials.

F615 La Vierge et les saints : poétique et politique du miraculeux au Moyen Age (3 cr.)
Instructor: J. Merceron 
Time: 4:00 pm. - 6:00 pm. R
Location: SY 100 

Aujourd'hui encore, la Vierge et les saints occupent une place considérable dans le paysage et l'héritage culturels de la France. Pour en comprendre l'origine et les multiples facettes, il est nécessaire de remonter aux racines médiévales de cette extraordinaire floraison. Dans ce séminaire, nous étudierons les raisons religieuses, politiques
et poétiques ayant justifié la place centrale qu'ont occupé tout au long du Moyen Age la Vierge Marie et les saints dans la définition du miraculeux et du sacré chrétiens. A travers les poèmes des trouvères, les chansons pieuses à la Vierge Marie, les Miracles de Notre-Dame, ainsi que les Vies de saints et de saintes composés par des auteurs célèbres ou anonymes, nous étudierons les divers modèles de sainteté et de miracles proposés par les clercs à l'adhésion des laïcs (hommes et femmes), ainsi que certaines des réactions de ces derniers (notamment la parodie des Vies de saints dans les Sermons Joyeux). Nous
replacerons aussi dans leur contexte religieux, politique et culturel le culte des saints et des reliques, l'iconographie de la Vierge et des saints, ainsi que les pèlerinages et les rituels de dévotion. Le cours sera fait en français. Les textes sont en ancien et moyen franç ais (traductions en français moderne disponibles pour une partie de ces textes). Notation: 1) Participation active et continue en classe: 25%; 2) Présentation orale: 25%; 3) Devoir écrit de fin de semestre (15-20 p.): 50%.

Germanic Studies

G632: Gothic (3 cr.)
Instructor: K. Gade
Time: 4:00 pm. - 5:15 pm. MW
Location: BH 664

The aims of G632 are twofold: to provide an introduction to historical Germanic linguistics and to present a treatment of the phonology and morphology of Gothic, the oldest Germanic language recorded in connected texts. We shall trace the phonological and
morphological developments from Proto Indo-European to Gothic, and comparative evidence from the other Germanic languages (Old Norse, Old English, Old Saxon, Old High German) will be used to highlight the discussion. Instruction will be through lectures supplemented by background reading. Class activity will involve discussion of readings plus translation and linguistic analysis of Gothic texts.

The grade will be based on class participation, an oral report, a midterm, and a final exam.

Braune, Wilhelm: Gotische Grammatik: Tübingen: Niemeyer.


B351 Western Europe in the Early Middle Ages (3 cr.)
Instructor: D. Elliott
Time: 11:15 am. - 12:30 pm. TR

BH 005

Above section carries culture studies credit What do we mean by "Medieval Civilization"? The European "Middle Ages" is a concept developed by scholars in the Renaissance and later to describe the historical period from the fall of the Roman empire to the "rediscovery" of classical thought and art in the fifteenth century. Chronologically, the Middle Ages spans more than a thousand years (from approximately 400 to 1500 AD), and covers the many different political, cultural, and ethnic communities of Europe. There was not one medieval civilization, but many medieval civilizations, related in some ways to each other, but distinct and constantly changing. This class will be an introduction to the history of the Middle Ages through its culture and ways of life. Because the period to be covered is so vast, we will focus our attention on six moments in time and space that are representative of some of the communities of the Middle Ages. We will look at villages and cathedral towns, monasteries and manor houses, and for each, we will consider who lived in the community, what activities they took part in, what the community looked like physically, and what aspects of medieval life, politics, and culture are represented there. Assignments: five short (2-3 page) papers, midterm, final exam.

H206 Medieval Civilization (3 cr.)

Instructor: D. Deliyannis 
Time: 11:15 am. - 12:30 pm.  
Location: BH 109

Above section carries culture studies credit

What do we mean by "Medieval Civilization"?  The European "Middle Ages" is a concept developed by scholars in the Renaissance and later to describe the historical period from the fall of the Roman empire to the "rediscovery" of classical thought and art in the
fifteenth century. Chronologically, the Middle Ages spans more than a thousand years (from approximately 400 to 1500 AD), and covers the many different political, cultural, and ethnic communities of Europe.  There was not one medieval civilization, but many medieval
civilizations, related in some ways to each other, but distinct and constantly changing.  This class will be an introduction to the history of the Middle Ages through its culture and ways of life.

Because the period to be covered is so vast, we will focus our attention on six moments in time and space that are representative of some of the communities of the Middle Ages. We will look at villages and cathedral towns, monasteries and manor houses, and for each, we will consider who lived in the community, what activities they took part in, what the community  looked like physically, and what aspects of medieval life, politics, and culture are represented there.

Assignments:  five short (2-3 page) papers, midterm, final exam.

H213 The Black Death (3 cr.)

Instructor: A. Carmichael
Lecture: 1:25 pm. - 2:15 pm. MW SW 119   
Discussion: 3:35 pm. -04:25P W BH 332
3:35 pm. -04:25P W BH 237
3:35 pm. -04:25P W BH 221
10:10 am. -11:00 am. R BH 319
10:10 am. -11:00 am. R BH 137
10:10 am. -11:00 am. R LI 031
12:20 pm. -1:10 pm. R OP 107
12:20 pm. -1:10 pm. R BH 137
12:20 pm. -1:10 pm. R BH 221
10:10 am. -11:00 am. F WH 116
10:10 am. -11:00 am. F WH 112
10:10 am. -11:00 am. F OP 107

This is a lecture course of the history of plague, concentrating on the experience and reactions of Europeans, from 1348-1720.  One segment of the course examines plague in a modern, global setting. The course is at an introductory level, and focuses on death and
dying, and on changes in human responses to disaster.

Required texts:  Horrox, “The Black Death;” Sobel, “Galileo’s Daughter;” and a course reader.

H251 Jewish History: The Bible to the Crusades (3 cr.)
Instructor: M. Lehmann
Time: 11:15 am. - 12:30 pm. TR

SW 007

This course is an introduction to the major themes and developments of the Jewish historical experience from the biblical period through the early Middle Ages. Topics include the biblical origins of the Jewish people and the ancient Israelite monarchy; Jewish life in the Land of Israel during the Second Temple period to the revolts against the Romans and the destruction of the Temple; Judaism and Hellenism; the emergence of rabbinic Judaism and the composition of its major texts, such as the Mishnah or the Talmud; the emergence of Jewish centers in Europe and the origins of Sephardi and Ashkenazi Judaism; the relations between Jews and Christians and between Jews and Muslims; the Jews during the Crusades.

J300 Ancient Legacy in the Middle Ages (3 cr.)
Instructor: D. Deliyannis
Times and Locations:

11:15 am. -12:30 pm. TR WH 204
10:10 am. - 12:05 pm. W LH 019
1:25 pm. - 3:20 pm. T SY 100

A portion of the above section reserved for majors
Above section COAS intensive writing section

The focus of this class will be encounters with Greek and Roman antiquity in the Middle Ages.  We will consider literature, art, and intellectual and political ideas, specifically with reference to Late Antiquity, the Carolingian renaissance, the twelfth-century renaissance, various Byzantine renaissances, and the Italian Renaissance.  As a seminar, an important part of the grade will be class discussion and participation. There will also be 2 or 3 short
papers, and either a longer paper or a final exam.

H610 Medieval Heresy (4 cr.)
Instructor: D. Elliott
Time: 6:00 pm. - 8:00 pm. W

BH 335

In order for a person to be regarded a heretic, s/he must be obdurate and unyielding in their censured views. In other words, heretics are individuals of conscience who believed they constituted the true church. But heresy is not simply a religious affair. Religious protest often takes the form of social protest in the Middle Ages. Hence secular rulers were almost always united in their resistance to heretics. Through an examination of both primary and
secondary sources, this course will place heresy within its social and economic context with a view to comprehending who the heretics were, what they believed, the real or imagined threat that they presented to society, and the orthodox response. Subjects such as the way heresy corresponds with reform, gender, and literacy will be highlighted.  Short papers, an abstract, and a research paper. Active participation is required.

History and Philosophy of Science

X406/X506 Survey of History of Science up to 1750 (3 cr.)
Instructor: D. Bertoloni-Meli 
Time: 9:30 am. - 12:00 pm. M

GB 107

Description Forthcoming

X521 Cultural History of Astrology (1-3 cr.)

Instructor: W. Newman 
Time: 12:30P-03:00P   R


GB 107

Description Forthcoming

X705 Texts, Bodies and Machines (1-3 cr.)
Instructor: A. Carmichael 
Time: 9:30 am. - 12:00 pm. W


GB 107

This course focuses on early modern perspectives on human bodies, animal bodies, and automata. We will explore historical and philosophical issues relevant to explanations of the operations of bodies, and review secondary literature on the representation of the body during the centuries after the invention of print. Thus we will examine the period from 1450 to 1700, devoting special emphasis to investigators fundamental to the history of science and medicine-- such as Vesalius, Descartes, Harvey, Borelli, Malpighi. Some of the main areas covered include the role of the soul and it faculties, microsopy and mechanism, mechanical explanations at the bedside, and artistic and literary styles in anatomical texts. The course is offered in both the History Department and the History and Philosophy of Science Department, in order to accommodate a broad range of graduate student interests to foster productive interdisplinary discussion.

History of Art

A101 Ancient and Medieval Art (3 cr.)
Instructor: D. Delyannis
Lecture: 11:15 am. - 12:05 pm. MW FA 015    
Discussion: 10:10 am. - 11:00 am. T FA 005
 11:15 am. - 12:05 pm. T FA 005
 12:20 pm. - 1:10 pm. T FA 005
 1:25 pm. - 2:15 pm. T FA 005
 2:30 pm. - 3:20 pm. T FA 005
 3:35 pm. - 4:25 pm. T FA 005
 2:30 pm. - 3:20 pm. W FA 005

The format of this course consists of two 50 minute lectures and one 50 minute discussion section per week. During the session we will examine significant monuments and art objects dating from around 4000 B.C. to 1400 A.D. The primary objective of the course is to understand the civilizations of the important periods of antiquity and the Middle Ages by means of an examination of their visual material remains. For example, we will learn what the pyramids and colossal sphinx tell us about ancient Egyptian civilization, what the Acropolis and Parthenon of Athens tell us about the high point of Greek civilization, and what Gothic cathedrals with their sculptures and stained glass windows tell us about the late Middle Ages and Christianity. We will be taking a look not only at actual works of art but also archaeology, religions, society, and literature and other salient remains of culture. There is one textbook for this course. Understanding the material will be enhanced through the availability of a digitized color image project available on campus or by local home computers. Course requirements include three out of four 50 minute examinations, several brief quizzes in lecture, and a grade in discussion section based on attendance, participation, and quizzes.

A226 Survey of Medieval Art (3 cr.)

Instructor: E. Kleinbauer
Time: 1:00 pm. - 2:15 pm. TR FA 102
Location: FA 102

This course will introduce the buildings, sculpture, painting, and other art forms of Europe and the Mediterranean in the Middle Ages (c. 300-1400 A.D.).  There was no one "medieval" art; during this 1000 years and across its very broad and diverse geographical sweep, art had many different styles, functions, and symbolisms.  All represent some combination of Roman, Near Eastern, Germanic, and Celtic elements, adapted for use in a Christian or Islamic context. We will examine these different forms and styles, and see how they changed and developed according to the different needs and tastes of
the artists and patrons.

Near Eastern Languages and Cultures

A100/A500 Elementary Arabic I (4 cr./2 cr.)
Instructor: Staff
Times and Locations: 5:30 pm. - 6:40 pm. MW SW 103
5:30 pm. - 6:40 pm. TR BH 315
9:05 am. - 9:55 am. D BH 319
10:10 am. - 11:00 am. D ARR
11:15 am. - 12:05 pm. D ARR

This course is an introduction to Arabic. Using a communicative/proficiency oriented approach, we will begin to learn how to speak, read, and write in Modern Standard Arabic. The course is designed for students with no knowledge of Modern Standard Arabic. We will begin with the alphabet, then move gradually to learn various language skills.

Required Texts:
Abboud, Peter F. Elementary Modern Standard Arabic, Part I. (Cambridge Press; ISBN 0-521-27295-5)

Recommended Dictionary:
Wehr, Hans. A Dictionary of Modern Standard Arabic, ed. Milton Cowan (any edition).

N181/N502 Qur'anic Arabic I (5 cr./3 cr.)

Instructor: Z. Istrabadi
Time: 8:00 am. - 9:15 am. MTWR
Location: ED 1201

An intensive introduction to Classical Arabic with an emphasis on the Qur’anic text and related Arab-Islamic source materials, such as Qur’anic commentary, the biography of the Prophet (Sirah), and the Traditions of the Prophet (Hadith). It aims to provide students in classical and medieval Islamic fields with the ability to accurately read and translate classical texts through a foundation in syntax and morphology. The course is intended for committed undergraduates who are prepared to undertake a rigorous fast-paced classical language course and for graduate students who want to master reading skills in Arabic for research in classical Arabic texts. The course is particularly suited to NELC graduate students beginning Arabic, and for graduate students in other Islamic of Middle Eastern languages and cultures (Hebrew, Persian, Turkish, Urdu, Swahili), and graduate students in the humanities (history, medieval studies, philosophy, history of religions).

A200/A600 Intermediate Arabic I (3 cr.)

Instructor: Staff
Times and Locations: 11:15 am. - 12:30 pm. TR ED 1250
11:15 am. - 12:30 pm. F ARR
11:15 am. - 12:30 pm. TR SY 103
11:15 am. - 12:30 pm. F ED 3004

A200/A600 Intermediate Arabic I is a continuation of A150/A550. It will focus on the mastery of grammar, including more complex structures, acquisition and expansion of vocabulary, and the development of reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills. These objectives are achieved through intensive oral/aural practice using audio and video materials. In addition to working on all language skills, special attention will be given to the morphology and syntax of Arabic. Classes will be conducted in Arabic as much as possible.

Required Texts:
Abboud, Peter F. Elementary Modern Standard Arabic, Part I. (Cambridge Press; ISBN 0-521-27295-5)
Cowan, David. Modern Literary Arabic

Recommended Dictionary:
Wehr, Hans. A Dictionary of Modern Standard Arabic, ed. Milton Cowan (any edition).

A300/A660 Advanced Arabic I (3 cr.)

Instructor: Staff 
Time: 9:30 am. - 10:45 am. TRF
Location: WY 111

Advanced Arabic is intended for students who are committed to mastering the Arabic language. It aims at providing students with a firm foundation in Arabic language and culture for students in both the Modern and Classical fields. It strives for a balanced approach to the full range of language skills: reading, writing, speaking and oral comprehension. Special attention is given to consolidating students’ mastery of syntax and morphology with a view to developing accuracy in reading, translation, expression and comprehension, and expanding vocabulary. The course combines modern materials on a range of subjects with an introduction to selected classical Arabic and Islamic texts.

Intermediate Arabic (A250/650) or Intensive Quranic Arabic (N182/N502) or through NELC placement test.

Attendance and participation; written and oral homework; written and oral quizzes; midterm and final examinations.

N365/N680 Islamic Philosophy (3 cr.)

Instructor: J. Walbridge 
Time: 1:00 pm. - 2:15 pm. TR BH 345   
Location: BH 345

Description Forthcoming


P401 Islamic Philosophy (3 cr.)
Instructor: J. Walbridge 
Time: 1:00 pm. - 2:15 pm. TR BH 345   
Location: BH 345

Description Forthcoming

P515 Medieval Philosophy (3 cr.)

Instructor: P. Spade 
Time: 4:00 pm. -  5:15 pm. MW
Location: SY 022

Topic: “History of the Problem of Universals in the Middle Ages” Contents: This course will investigate in detail the history of the problem of universals in the Middle Ages, together with the issues that go along with that. Such other issues include: (a) the problem
of "individuation," and (b) epistemological questions concerning the formation of general concepts. Authors to be treated include: Porphyry, Boethius, Odo of Tournai, Fridugisus, William of Champeaux, Gilbert of Poitiers, Peter Abelard, Clarenbald of Arras, Avicenna, Thomas Aquinas, John Duns Scotus, Walter Burley, Walter Chatton, and William of Ockham. Other such household names will be treated in passing, and of course the ghosts of Plato and Aristotle will haunt the classroom all semester. The discussion will stress
the historical facts and details about these people and their views (oh yes, lots and lots of facts and details!), as well as their philosophical merits and demerits. I hope to surprise you by showing that there are plenty of philosophical merits to views that may at first seem just wild and that you initially have no sympathy for at all.

Requirements: This course will focus on a number of unfamiliar authors, which means there are many things to keep straight. In order to satisfy myself that you have kept them straight, I will schedule a series of weekly 20-point quizzes over matters of terminology, points of theory and other such nuts and bolts. Having verified that you know what you're talking about, I will ask you actually to go ahead and talk about it on an essay-type mid-term examination and a term paper on some topic relevant to the people and theories we will be treating. In lieu of a final examination, I will ask students to write “peer reviews” of term papers from other students in the class. In effect, this means “grade their papers.” I
will be grading them independently, of course, and in the end it’s the grade I give that will count. But I want students to benefit from one another’s feedback. All such “peer reviews” will be done anonymously; you will not know whose papers you are reviewing, and
you will not know who is reviewing your own. Undergraduate students will be required to do one such “peer review.” Graduate students will be required to do two, and to write an appropriately more ambitious term paper in the first place.

Readings: There will be three things to buy for this course:

(1) Paul Vincent Spade, trans. Five Texts on the Mediaeval Problem of Universals: Porphyry, Boethius, Abelard, Duns Scotus, Ockham. (Hackett.)

(2) Thomas Aquinas, On Being and Essence, Armand Maurer, trans., 2nd ed. (Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies.)

(3) A packet of additional translations and other materials. Further details on that will be made available later.

Presuppositions: Although a knowledge of Latin would certainly be nice in this course (as in all other aspects of your life too — sigh!), particularly when it comes to broadening your range of possible paper topics, it is not in any way needed or expected. All required readings will be in English, as will the lectures, for that matter. Like all advanced courses in philosophy, this one will presuppose a fair background in philosophy generally. Nevertheless, I welcome students from the Medieval Studies Program who do not have
any special expertise in philosophy. You may have to scramble in parts of the course, but you will have the enormous advantage of already being familiar with much of the medieval context that will pose an initial obstacle to non-medievalists. In short, I plan to be
flexible and make the course beneficial to a wide range of advanced students with varying backgrounds. (On the other hand, undergraduates with no background at all in philosophy should not even think about registering for this course. If in doubt, please consult with me.)

Auditors: Active auditors are also welcome. (An "active" auditor is defined as one who attends class faithfully, does the reading, and takes full part in the class in every way except for examinations and the paper. Passive auditors (defined as "dead wood") are invited to go audit some other course in the department. I will be happy to help you select such a course in the privacy of my office.

Benefits of the course: This course will make you wise beyond your years, reduce your time in Purgatory (if any), and guarantee success in all the things that really matter. It will cure myopia, prevent balding, mend broken bones and even prevent their breaking in the
first place! What other course can make such a claim? As an additional benefit, graduate students in Philosophy may count this as a course in “medieval philosophy” for the Department’s graduate distribution requirements. It has also been pre-approved by the
Metaphysics & Epistemology committee as counting for distribution in that area. (But you can’t count it for both at once.)

Religious Studies

R327/R521 Christianity 50-450 (3 cr.)
Instructor: D. Brakke 
Time: 2:30 pm. - 3:45 pm. MW
Location: AR

This course provides an introductory survey of the history and literature of ancient Christianity from its origins as a Jewish sect in Palestine to its establishment as the official religion of the Roman empire in the fifth century. Topics include persecution and martyrdom, scripture, Gnosticism, theological controversies over the Trinity and the nature of Christ, Constantine and the establishment of catholic orthodoxy, the rise of monasticism, and important figures such as Origen and Augustine. The course will emphasize the variety of early Christian groups and will provide a good foundation
for study of Christianity in any later period. It is something of a sequel to R220 (Introduction to the New Testament), but there are no prerequisites, and no previous study of Christianity is assumed.

Requirements: two short papers (4-6 pp.), midterm, and final exam.

Textbooks: Henry Chadwick, The Early Church; Bart Ehrman, After the New Testament: A Reader in Early Christianity; Bart Ehrman and Andrew Jacobs, Christianity in Late Antiquity 300-450 C.E.: A Reader.

R352 Medieval Devotional Literatures of India (3 cr.)

Instructor: R. Manring
Time: 11:15 am. - 12:30 pm. TR
Location: BH 340

Survey of medieval Indian devotional literatures with reference to the various cultural milieus in which they were produced and their impact on the importance for contemporary Indian cultures.  The term ‘medieval’ with reference to Indian literature covers a much longer period than it does in Europe, ranging by some accounts from the 6th century into the early sixteenth. In this course we will read some of the earliest devotional Hindu literature, from South India; the northern poems of the Krishna-devotional traditions; and some Indian Sufi
materials. Students will work with the best available translations of these works, and those (graduate students) who possess the necessary skills are strongly encouraged to read materials in their original languages. We will determine the role of social class in the devotional traditions and see what sorts of ethics dominate the discourse. And we will explore the use of various tropes in the devotional context with attention given to why seemingly transgressive material has become so widely accepted and loved.

R430 Catholic Controversies: From Trent to Present (3 cr.)

Instructor: C. Furey
Time: 11:15A-12:30P   TR
Location: SY 224   

In the popular press today, Catholicism is virtually synonymous with controversy. The current uproar about priests who sexually abuse children is only the latest in a long string of disputes. In this course we will track the history of Catholicism over the past 500
years by analyzing several famous controversies, beginning with Martin Luther and the rise of the Protestant Reformation. We’ll study internal controversies: about local versus universal practices, about the Jesuits, and about papal power. And we’ll study some famous external controversies: the Church’s kidnapping of the Jewish boy in the nineteenth century, the Church’s relationship with fascist governments, and the opposition to the church in Mexico’s nationalist revolution. The final section of the course will focus on Vatican II and the controversies that have arisen in its wake. These events will provide a framework for analyzing broad questions about how religious traditions adapt and change over time, and about how Catholicism and modernity came to be defined over against one
another. This course will involve a significant amount of primary and secondary source reading, and   requirements will include several short response papers as well as a final research paper.

R665 Interpretations of Religion (4 cr.)

Instructor: C. Furey
Time: 4:00 pm. - 6:00 pm. W
Location: SY 224

In this course we will read and analyze twentieth-century texts that influence the way religion is studied in the academy. The authors who have influenced religious studies speak from a variety of disciplinary and theoretical backgrounds: sociology, anthropology, psychology, phenomenology, hermeneutics. Consequently, as we engage their texts we will also create a sustained, comparative analysis of the relative strengths and weaknesses of these approaches. Authors read include Max Weber, Peter Berger, Mircea Eliade, Sigmund Freud, Clifford Geertz, Paul Ricoeur, Victor Turner, and Jonathan Z. Smith.

Requirements:  weekly response papers and a final paper.

Spanish and Portuguese

S518 Spanish Medieval Literature (3 cr.)
Instructor: J.Conde
Time: 4:00 pm. - 5:15 pm. MW
Location: BH 335

This course is an introductory survey of Spanish literature from its
beginnings up to 1500. Special focus on relevant works, which will
be studied within their historical-cultural contexts, literary
genres, and traditions. All texts will be read in the original
language. Text will be taught in Spanish. Final grade will be based
in a midterm, a final exam, and a research paper. Class attendance
and participation (especially in seminar-type sessions) will also
count toward the final grade.