Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program

Coordinator: Karen Robertson (English and Women’s Studies); Steering Committee: Peter Huenink, Jacqueline Musacchio (Art), J. Bertrand Lott (Classics), Mark Amodio, Leslie Dunn, Don Foster, (English), Christine Reno (French), Nancy Bisaha, Mita Choudhury (History), John Ahern (Italian), Lynn LiDonnici (Religion); Participating Faculty: Susan D. Kuretsky (Art); Robert D. Brown (Classics); Robert DeMaria, Eamon Grennan, Ann Imbrie, Samantha Zacher (English); Patricia Kenworthy (Hispanic Studies); Eugenio Giusti (Italian); Brian Mann (Music); Mitchell Miller (Philosophy), Margaret Leeming (Religion).

The interdepartmental program in Medieval and Renaissance Studies is designed to provide the student with a coherent course of study in the arts, history, literature, and thought of European civilization from the fall of Rome to the seventeenth century.

Requirements for concentration: 12 units, including Medieval/Renaissance Culture 220, and the senior thesis. Three units, one of which is the senior thesis, must be at the 300-level. Distribution and language requirements, listed below, must also be satisfied.

Distribution Requirement: In addition to Medieval/Renaissance Culture 220 and the thesis, students should take 10 units from the approved list. Two courses must be chosen from each of three groups of disciplines: Art and Music; History, Philosophy, Religion; Language and Literature. 300-level work is required in at least two departments.

Language Requirement: The major requires demonstration of competence in Latin or in at least one vernacular language besides Middle English. Competency is demonstrated by completion of at least two courses at the 200-level. Languages may include French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Latin, Old English, and Spanish.

Recommendations: Since Latin is a core skill for medieval studies, all students are strongly urged to take at least one year of Latin. Students expecting to concentrate on the Renaissance should also study Italian.

Certain courses help form a foundation for this major. A selection from these 100-level courses may be applied toward the major in consultation with the coordinator: Art 105, Classics 102, Classics/College Course 101, Italian 175, History 123, Religion 150, Philosophy 101 or 102. No more than two 100-level courses may be offered toward the major.

Correlate Sequence in Medieval and Renaissance Studies: 6 graded units from the list of approved courses are required, including Medieval and Renaissance Studies 220 or History 215 or History 225; Art 220 or the equivalent; and English 220-221 or the equivalent in a foreign language. These courses should be taken early in a student’s career. 100-level work cannot be included in the sequence and at least 1 unit must be at the 300-level. The courses selected for the sequence must form a unified course of study and a written proposal articulating the focus of the sequence must be submitted to the correlate sequence adviser for approval prior to declaration.

Course Offerings

116a. The Dark Ages, c. 400-900 (1)

(Same as History 116a)

202. Thesis Preparation ( 1/2)

220a. Medieval/Renaissance Culture (1)

Topic for 2004-05: Woven Stories: Medieval Tapestries and Texts. Intensive study of selected tapestries and texts chosen to inform the viewer’s understanding of them. Tapestries include important series such as the Apocalypse, Courtiers in a Rose Garden, Los Honores, and the Hunt of the Unicorn. The texts, drawn from a variety of genres, include Everyman, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, The Romance of the Rose by Jean Renart, and selections from the Bible, bestiaries, herbals, and Middle English lyrics. Students are taught how to design and weave a small tapestry. Field trips to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Cloisters are scheduled.

Ms. Kane, Ms. Willard.

220b. Medieval/Renaissance Culture (1)

Topic for 2004/05: Women in Medieval and Renaissance Culture. Ms. Reno, Ms. Robertson.

300. Senior Thesis (1)

An interdisciplinary study written under the supervision of two advisors from two different disciplines.

Approved Courses

Art and Music

Art 220a. Romanesque and Gothic Architecture (1)

Art 221b. The Sacred Arts of the Middle Ages (1)

Art 235a. Renaissance Painting, Sculpture and Decorative Arts in Italy (1)

[Art 270a. Renaissance Architecture] (1)

Not offered in 2004/05.

Art 271b. Early Modern Architecture (1)

Art 320b. Seminar in Medieval Art (1)

Topic for 2004/05: Workshops of Vulcan: The Industry of the Sacred Arts in the Middle Ages

Art 331a. Seminar in Northern Art (1)

Topic for 2004/05: Time and Transformation in Seventeenth-Century Dutch Art

[Art 332b. Seminar in Italian Renaissance Art] (1)

Not offered in 2004/05.

Music 323a. Music and Poetry of the Italian Renaissance (1)

History, Philosophy, Religion

Classics 102a. Reading Antiquity (1)

Classics 103b. Crossscurrents (1)

[Classics 215. The Rome of Caesar Augustus] (1)

Not offered in 2004/05.

[Classics 217. History of the Ancient Romans] (1)

Not offered in 2004/05.

Classics 282. Archaeology of Imperial Rome (1)

Classics 301b. Seminar in Classical Civilization (1)

Topic for 2004/05: Ancient Societies and New Media: The History and Historiography of Antiquity in the Digital Age

History 215b. High Middle Ages (1)

History 225b. Renaissance Europe (1)

History 259b. The History of the Family in Early Modern Europe (1)

History 315a. World of the Crusades (1)

Religion 225. The Hebrew Bible (1)

Religion 227. Christian Traditions (1)

Religion 243. Islamic Traditions (1)

Religion 350. Comparative Studies in Religion (1)

Topic for 2004/05: Religion and the Arts

Language and Literature

Africana Studies 203a. The Origins and Development of Islamic Literature (1)

English 235. Old English (1)

English 326. Beowulf (1)

English 237. Chaucer (1)

English 239. Renaissance Drama (1)

English 240. Shakespeare (1)

English 241-242b. Shakespeare (1)

English 340. Studies in Medieval Literature (1)

English 341. Studies in the Renaissance (1)

English 345. Milton (1)

[French 230. Medieval and Early Modern Times] (1)

Not offered in 2004/05.

French 332a. Literature and Society in Pre-Revolutionary France (1)

Hispanic Studies 226a. Medieval and Early Modern Spain (1)

Topic for 2004/05: Spain on Stage

Hispanic Studies 388a. Peninsular Seminar (1)

Topic for 2004/05b: Don Quijote.

Italian 175. Italian Renaissance in English Translation (1)

Italian 220b. Italian Civilization: Interpreting the Texts (1)

[Italian 237b. Dante’s Divine Comedy in Translation] (1)

Not offered in 2004/05.

Italian 238a. Dante’s Divine Comedy in Translation (1)

[Italian 242b. Boccaccio’s Decameron in Translation: “The Novella” as Microcosm] (1)

Not offered in 2004/05.

Italian 300. Senior Seminar (1)

Topic for 2004/05: Italian Autobiography from the Middle Ages to the Early Modern Period

[Italian 330a. The Italian Renaissance: The Italian Epic Tradition from 1300 to 1600] (1)

Not offered in 2004/05.

[Italian 331b. The Italian Renaissance: Poetry, Theatre, Politics, and Ideology] (1)

Not offered in 2004/05.

[Italian 337b. Dante’s Divine Comedy] (1)

Not offered in 2004/05.

Italian 338a. Dante’s Divine Comedy (1)

[Italian 342b. Giovanni Boccaccio’s Decameron: The “Novella” as a Microcosm] (1)

Not offered in 2004/05.

Latin 105-106. Elementary Latin (1)

Latin 210a. Reading Latin (1)

Latin 215a. Republican Literature (1)

Latin 220b. Literature of the Empire (1)

Latin 301b. Topics in Latin Literature (1)

Topic for 2004/05: Prose Fiction

Latin 302a. Vergil (1)

[Latin 304. Roman Lyric and Elegy] (1)

Not offered in 2004/05.