Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program

Coordinator: Karen Robertson (English and Women's Studies); Steering Committee: Nicholas Adams, Peter Huenink (Art), J. Bertrand Lott (Classics), Mark Amodio, Leslie Dunn, Don Foster, Katherine Little (English), Christine Reno (French), Nancy Bisaha, Mita Choudhury (History), John Ahern (Italian);Participating Faculty. Susan D. Kuretsky, Jacqueline Musacchio (Art); Robert D. Brown (Classics); Robert DeMaria, Eamon Grennan, Ann Imbrie, James P. Saeger (English); Patricia Kenworthy (Hispanic Studies); Eugenio Giusti (Italian); Brian Mann (Music); Mitchell Miller (Philosophy); Betsy H. Amaru, Lynn R. LiDonnici (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. Three 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 200-level work in a language. 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.

In order to gain an understanding of the political, philosophical, and religious developments of the period, students should take some of the following courses: History 116, History 123, History 215, History 225, Philosophy 101, Political Science 170, Religion 150.

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 or English 230-231 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
(Same as History 116a)
220a.   Medieval/Renaissance Culture
       Topic for 2002/03a: 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 theApocalypse, 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 Decameron, the Bible, bestiaries, and herbals. Field trips to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Cloisters are scheduled. Ms. Willard and Ms. Kane.
220b.   Medieval/Renaissance Culture
(Same as Women's Studies 220) Topic for 2002/03b: Women in Medieval and Renaissance Culture. An interdisciplinary introduction to women in European culture, twelfth through sixteenth centuries. Close scrutiny of primary sources, including major literary texts. Some consideration of historiographical and theoretical issues. Ms. Little and Ms. Reno.
300.   Senior Thesis

Art and Music

Art 220a. Romanesque and Gothic Architecture (1)
Art 221b. The Sacred Arts of the Middle Ages (1)
[Art 230a. Northern Renaissance Painting] (1)
          Not offered in 2002/03.
[Art 235a. Renaissance Painting, Sculpture and Decorative Arts in Italy] (1)
          Not offered in 2002/03.
Art 236b. Sixteenth Century Painting, Sculpture and Decorative Arts in Italy (1)
[Art 270a. Renaissance Architecture] (1)
          Not offered in 2002/03.
[Art 271b. Early Modern Architecture] (1)
          Not offered in 2002/03.
Art 320b. Seminar in Medieval Art (1)
Art 331a. Seminar in Northern Art (1)
Art 332b. Seminar in Italian Renaissance Art (1)
          Topic for 2002/03: Michelangelo.
Music 232b. Studies in Music of the Medieval Period (1)

History, Philosophy, Religion

Classics 103. Crosscurrents: History and Culture of theAncient Mediterranean (1)
History 215b. The High Middle Ages c. 950-1300 (1)
[History 225a. Renaissance Europe c.1300­c.1525] (1)
          Not offered in 2002/03.
[History 315b. The World of the Crusades] (1)
          Not offered in 2002/03.
[History 331a. Women and Gender in Early Modern Europe] (1)
          Not offered in 2001/02.
[Religion 220a. Text and Tradition] (1)
          Not offered in 2002/03.
Religion 225b. The Hebrew Bible (1)
Religion 227a. The New Testament and Early Christianity (1)
Religion 243. Islamic Traditions (1)
Religion 320b. Studies in Sacred Texts (1)
          Topic for 2002/03: Historical Jesus.
[Religion 346. Studies in Jewish Thought and History] (1)
          Not offered in 2002/03

Language and Literature

[Africana Studies 203a. The Origins and Development of Islamic Literature] (1)
          Not offered in 2002/03.
Africana Studies 243b. Islamic Traditions (1)
          (Same as Religion 243)
Classics 301. Seminar in Classical Civilization (1)
English 220-221. British Literature through the Eighteenth Century (1)
English 235. Old English (1)
English 236. Beowulf (1)
English 237. Chaucer (1)
English 238. Middle English Literature (1)
English 239. Renaissance Drama (1)
English 240. Shakespeare (1)
English 241-42. Shakespeare (1)
English 340. Studies in Medieval Literature (1)
          Topic for 2002/03: Middle English Romance.
English 341. Studies in Renaissance Literature (1)
          Topic for 2002/03: Identity, Sex, Soul,Power: Renaissance Subjectivities.
English 342. Women in the Renaissance (1)
English 345. Milton (1)
[French 230. Medieval and Early Modern Times] (1)
          Not offered in 2002/03.
[French 332. Literature and Society in Pre-Revolutionary France] (1)
          Not offered in 2002/03.
Hispanic Studies 226a. Medieval and Early Modern Spain (1)
          Topic for 2002/03: Early Spanish Heroes and Scoundrels.
[Italian 175a. The Italian Renaissance in English Translation] (1)
          Not offered in 2002/03.
Italian 220b. Italian Civilization: Interpreting the Texts (1)
[Italian 237b.], 238a. Dante's Divine Comedy in Translation (1)
Italian 242. Boccaccio's Decameron in Translation: "TheNovella" as Microcosm (1)
Italian 330a. The Italian Renaissance: Epic, Fiction, Letters,Memoirs (1)
[Italian 331b. The Italian Renaissance: Poetry, Theatre,Politics, and Ideology] (1)
          Not offered in 2002/03.
Italian 337b, [338a.] Dante's Divine Comedy (1)
Latin 105a-106b. Elementary Latin (1)
Latin 215a. Republican Literature (1)
Latin 220b. Literature of the Empire (1)
Latin 301b. Topics in Latin Literature (1)
Latin 303a. Tacitus (1)