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Fall 2011 Undergraduate Courses

HIST 181B Russian Culture & Civilization

T/R 1:15 PM – 2:40 PM S2 337

Examines the political, historical and cultural developments that have together shaped Russian civilization and national identity, including Russia's interactions with other cultures from early, pre-tsarist times to the 20th century. Considers as artifacts of Russian culture folklore, literary and philosophical texts, art, architecture, music, dance, film, rituals and social conventions. No knowledge of Russian necessary. Taught in English. Also taught as RUSS 131B.

General Ed: H - Humanities
Instructor: Zalesski

HIST 202 The Greek World

MWF 9:40 AM – 10:40 AM LH 009

A survey of the ancient Greek world from Minoan-Mycenaean times down to the Roman conquest. Emphasis on continuity and change in Greek society and culture. among the topics to be considered: the variety of Greek political systems, law and constitutions, class, family and gender; slavery, imperialism, religious and philosophical ideas, literature and historiography. Particular attention given to the ancient sources. Requirements: a one-hour, essay-type mid-term and a two-hour essay final examination.

General Ed: N - Social Science
Instructor: Kadish

HIST 208A Privil & Protest Early Modern Europe

T/R 10:05 AM – 11:05 AM LH 007 with one of the following
F 9:40 AM – 10:40 AM SW 309
F 9:40 AM – 10:40 AM S2 G42
F 10:50 AM -11:50 AM FA 242
F 10:50 AM -11:50 AM FA 241

This course will survey from about 1500 to 1800. The course begins at the close of the Middle Ages, a period characterized by fractured feudal monarchies, the constancy of rural life and the power of The Roman church; it ends just before revolutionary liberalism, nationalism and the Industrial Revolution ushered in the modern world. Early modern Europe was at once a bridge between the medieval and modern worlds, and a place permeated by both. Attention will be given not only to privilege and protest, but also to topics such as the Reformation, the Renaissance, exploration, empires, absolutist state-building, the Scientific Revolution, the Enlightenment, and great conflicts such as the Thirty Years War.

General Ed: N - Social Science
Instructor: Brown

CLAS 215 Ancient Tragedy Greece & Rome

T/R 1:15 PM – 2:40 PM AA G019

Today, the word “tragedy” conjures up images of disaster and suffering. In classical Athens, tragedy above all meant entertainment for a mass audience. But what beyond entertainment did tragedy entail? Is the suffering it depicted wholly foreign to modern sensibilities? Or shall we moderns find in ancient Greek and Roman tragedy something to identify with? In this course, students will pursue that and similar questions. By studying the tragic drama of ancient Greece and Rome in English translation, and by comparing it to select instances of ancient comedy and to more recently produced drama, they shall deepen their understanding of an art form that boldly explored human existence at the extremes. Ancient Tragedy will offer students a sophisticated but user-friendly introduction to ancient literature and culture. To bring its focus of study alive, it will have students read a select group of ancient texts - dramas as well as theoretical readings - in English translation, and view one or more tragedies on screen. Students will engage in structured, in-class discussion, participate in a staging project, and produce a limited number of writing assignments. Quizzes, a midterm, and a final exam will round out the coursework. Also taught as ENG200N, COLI281C, THEA 289K

General Ed: H - Humanities
Instructor: Scholtz

ENG 227 British Literature I

MWF 9:40 AM – 10:40 AM SL 306 or
MWF 10:50 AM – 11:50 AM UU 215

British Literature I The emphasis of this survey of British literature from the fourteenth through the seventeenth centuries will be primarily on narrative poetry, both long and short. We will attempt to gain facility with Middle English by intensely studying selections from Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales and Legend of Good Women in their original language. From there we will continue on to the English Renaissance and the first book of Edmund Spenser’s Faerie Queene. We will conclude the course with extracts from John Milton’s Paradise Lost. Along the way these long poems will be supplemented with mid-sized narrative poems by the “Pearl” poet, William Shakespeare, Christopher Marlowe, and Andrew Marvell. We will also read a sampling of lyric chestnuts by John Skelton, Thomas Wyatt, George Gascoigne, Fulke Greville, Emilia Lanier, Ben Jonson, John Donne, Robert Herrick, and George Herbert.

General Ed: H - Humanities, W - Writing
Instructor: Nace

ENG 228 British Literature II

MWF 2:20 PM – 3:20 PM SL 210
MWF 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM UU 103

This survey of Restoration through Victorian British literature will explore the literary geography of Great Britain and its rapidly expanding empire. We will examine the representation of various spaces and places from the imaginary worlds of Gulliver’s Travels to the rural retreats of William Wordsworth’s and Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s Lyrical Ballads, and the fashionable and frivolous London society of Oscar Wilde’s Importance of Being Earnest. As we examine a range of prose, poetry, and drama, we’ll question how industrialization and the growth of the British Empire not only changed the literary topography of Great Britain, but also transformed understandings of individual and community identity. Course requirements will include three exams, several short reading responses and a 6-8 page paper.

General Ed: H - Humanities, W - Writing
Instructor: Pappa

ENG 245 Shakespeare

MW 1:10 PM – 2:10 PM UU 120 (Lecture) with Friday discussion time

A representative selection of Shakespeare's dramatic genres: comedy, history, tragedy and late romance. Emphasis on advancing the students' confident, competent reading of the plays and enlightened enjoyment of this playwright's work. Format: lecture/discussion; required attendance; two essay exams and one other assignment determined by discussion section instructors

General Ed: H – Humanities, W - Writing
Instructor: Whittier

AAAS 252 Medieval/Early Modern Japan Literature/Culture

MW 9:15 AM – 10:40 AM SL 206
General Ed: H - Humanities
Instructor: Strippoli

MDVL 270I Love Stories I: Ancient to Medieval

MWF 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM LN G85

Some of the most representative love stories from Classical antiquity and the Middle Ages are studied as expressions of the psychology of love and as documents revealing socio-historic factors that determined how love was defined and perceived. Format: Weekly lectures followed by discussion. Oral presentations a Basic part of the course. Final examination. Also taught as COLI 280D and CLAS 280F.

General Ed: O - Oral Communication
Instructor: Pavlovskis-Petit

MDVL 270J Eastern Asia: Land and People

TR 10:05 AM – 11:30 AM UU 202

Broad introduction of geography of East Asia from a global interdependency perspective. Six topics examined in terms of interaction between East Asia and the West: U.S., the New World and the West place-name system; agricultural regions, Buddhism in China, East Asian practices in Western medicine, formation of post-Columbian East Asia; religion, democracy, communism and fascism. Simultaneously taught with *GEOG 259; AAAS 259

General Ed: G – Global Interdependencies, N – Social Science
Instructor: Hsu

MDVL 270M Monastery and Cathedral Towns

T/R 1:15 PM – 2:40 PM FA 258

In the later Middle Ages, the topography of Europe was transformed by huge, extraordinarily lavish, technologically advanced churches. Luxuriously decorated with tinted sculpture and vivid stained glass, they created dramatic settings for golden shrines displayed in their sanctuaries. Most replaced modest, early medieval churches, some so tiny that they would have fit within a small chapel of their successors. Built competitively, seeking trans regional audiences, and entirely disproportionate to the towns they presumably served, churches came to be the centerpieces of violent disputes over who would control the labor and resources necessary for such costly enterprises - the landlord clergy who possessed broad rights to taxation and justice in their towns, or their subjects who were engaged in lengthy efforts to free themselves from obsolete obligations. In these struggles, abbots and monks, bishops and canons, used all the tools at their disposal, from their spiritual authority to their civil courts to their armed troops. Among these tools were the design and decoration of the churches in which they staged their authority. We will discuss advances in building, and in the sculpture and glass that sometimes responded with astonishing precision to the powerful challenges fundamentally reshaping European society in these centuries. FORMAT: Lecture/ discussions. Midterm and final essay exams, short paper, revised

General Ed: A - Aesthetic Perspective, W - Writing (Harpur Req)
Instructor: B Abou-El-Haj

MDVL 270U The Fairy Tale

MWF 10:50 AM – 11:50 AM LN G85

Structure and meaning of fairy tales. Oral vs. literary fairy tales. Different approaches to interpreting fairy tales: anthropological, psychological, socio-historical, structuralist. Lectures approximately once a week; discussion; take-home midterm and final exams; two 10-page papers. Also taught as COLI 240, GERM 232B, and RUSS 280V.

General Ed: H - Humanities
Instructor: Pavlovskis-Petit

MDVL 270W Early Medieval Europe 300-1000

T/R 11:40 AM – 1:05 PM UU 103

This survey introduces students to the society and culture of Europe in late Antiquity and the early Middle Ages. Topics discussed will include the evolution of Roman society in late Antiquity; the emergence of early medieval European kingdoms; the Carolingian and Ottonian “renaissances”; Viking expeditions; the development of European law, art, and literature; and the development of Latin Christianity and monasticism. The course will pay particular attention to cultural contact between Western Europe and the Byzantine and Islamic civilizations. The format of the course will be primarily lectures but will include weekly discussion. Grades will be based on two analytical papers (15% each), a midterm (20%), a final exam (30%), and class participation (20%). Also taught as HIST 204.

General Ed: N - Social Science
Instructor: TBA

AAAS 273 Chinese Civilization

T/R 10:05 AM – 11:30 AM AA G007

A survey of Chinese history from its neolithic agricultural origins ca. 7,000 BCE to the fall of the Yuan dynasty in 1368. The course will consider state formation and the nature of the long-lived Chinese imperium, economic developments and the tantalizing though unfulfilled promises of a Chinese industrial revolution, the history of Chinese thought and religion, and the varied aspects of Chinese society and culture through the ages. The course will stress translated readings from primary sources (both documentary and literary) to help get as direct and immediate a sense of the Chinese past as possible. Also taught as HIST 273.

General Ed: N - Social Science, W - Writing (Harpur Req)
Instructor: Chaffee

CLAS 280E Eternal Cities: Rome & Pompeii

MW 1:10 PM – 2:35 PM UU 111

The Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum were buried under volcanic ash in 79 AD, when Mount Vesuvius erupted. They began to be excavated in the eighteenth century and excavations are still continuing in the twenty-first. Pompeii, rising from the ashes with its streets, houses, taverns, graffiti and corpses more or less intact, presented the world with a very different version of the ancient world than did Rome, with its public monuments and continuously inhabited locations. Many of these monuments, such as the Coliseum and the Arch of Constantine, now jostle for space alongside vespas and continue to draw visitors to the banks of the Tiber. In this course we are going to study the archaeological evidence of Pompeii and Rome to gain a greater understanding of how they functioned in Antiquity. We are going to think about who lived where in these cities, what they did for a living, how they worshipped, and how they relaxed after a hard day’s work. Wha t buildings and shops did they walk past on the way to the Forum? What kinds people came to visit these cities and why? At the same time, we are going to examine how people at various points in history and with differing theoretical and ideological backgrounds excavated Rome and Pompeii.

General Ed: N - Social Science
Instructor: Chronopoulos

MDVL 292C Renaissance and Baroque

T/R 2:50 PM – 4:15 PM FA 258

This is a survey of Renaissance and Baroque art in Europe and its impact on cultural production the Americas. Emphasis will be placed on painting, sculpture, architecture, engraving, and the “minor arts” (from elaborate furniture to ceramic-ware). Discussion will include stylistic developments, workshop practice, iconography, patronage, and the social functions of art, from the mid-thirteenth through the eighteenth centuries. No prerequisites. No prior knowledge assumed. Also taught as ARTH 225.

General Ed: A - Aesthetic Perspective, W - Writing (Harpur Req)
Instructor: Barzman

ENG 300R Arthurian Literature

T/R 11:40 AM – 1:05 PM SW 323

Arthurian Literature Examines the roles Arthurian legends have played in the writing and visual arts of the last millennium, from medieval poetry to modern cinema. First half of course focuses exclusively on medieval literature: Student read several anonymous works, as well as romances by Chretien de Troyes, Marie de France and Sir Thomas Malory. Second half of course is devoted to Victorian, modern and contemporary versions of the Arthurian legends, including Tennyson’s IDYLLS OF THE KING and the Terry Gilliam film MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL. Students focus throughout the semester on how Arthurian stories were reshaped in different eras in accordance with, or in reaction against, changing political ideologies and aesthetic ideals.

General Ed: H - Humanities, W - Writing (Harpur Req)
Instructor: Sharp

ENG 300V Pre-Modern Drama

MWF 10:50 AM – 11:50 AM S1 140

Experience the drama that Shakespeare grew up on, and decide for yourself if Hamlet is in his right mind when he warns his hired players not to “out-Herod Herod.” Focusing on the later middle ages, we will read (and perform excerpts from) a wide range of Middle English drama, contextualized by local historical documents, current scholarship and varied theoretical approaches. The course will examine the favorite subjects of medieval English drama, from biblical narratives to Robin Hood plays, as well as the underlying social and political themes which captured the attention of medieval audiences. The majority of primary texts will be in Middle English and will include The York Corpus Christi Cycle, selections from Chester's Whitsun Plays, the N-Town Mary Plays, the Digby Mary Magdalene, Wisdom, Everyman, John Heywood's The Play Called the Four PP, and The Life and Death of Jack Straw. All students will be required to perform excerpts from plays in class.

General Ed: H - Humanities, W - Writing (Harpur Req)
Instructor: Lohmann

JUST 344 Renaissance & Early Modern Jewish History

M 5:50 PM – 8:50 PM FA 344

A study of the period between the expulsion from Spain and the eighteenth century. Emphasis can be on different socio-cultural themes or sub-periods.

Instructor: Mazur

CLAS 351 Satire from Rome to Colbert

T/R 6:00 PM – 7:25 PM S2 132

Searing wit and unrelenting mockery employed in perceptive socio-political critique can arouse deep understanding, cheap laughs, or both—maybe neither. Satirical humorists from Petronius and Juvenal, to Swift and Twain, to Stewart and Colbert touch the rawest of nerves to fortify, rectify or undermine societal norms. Through readings, discussions, viewings, composition and performance of satire from antiquity to, literally, present-day America students will investigate social thinking across multiple cultures. Also taught as ENG 300A

General Ed: H - Humanities, J - Joined Comp and Oral Comm
Instructor: Starks

ENG 350M Eighteenth Century Novel

MWF 1:10 PM – 2:10 PM LH 003

This seminar will view the eighteenth-century novel in a series of perspectival leaps. In the first half of the class, we will establish a chronological narrative of the so-called “rise of the novel,” first by studying exemplary canonical British novels up close, then stepping back in order to situate those novels within an increasingly expansive series of grand récits put forth by Ian Watt, Michael McKeon, and Margaret Anne Doody. From there we will move yet further away—to a distant, global vantage point—in order to abstract our test-case novels as blips and data points that can reveal, through their arrangement in various visual schema, the novel’s generic morphologies as well the socio-historical forces acting to shape the novel in this period. After surveying novelistic form at both a micro- and macroscopic level, we will in the second half of the class give ourselves over entirely to synchrony, zooming in on one single, anomalous notch in the traditional timeline: the year 1748. We will study this narrow one-year period of unsurpassed achievement in novel writing that produced a variety of influential novels, including two of the century’s greatest masterpieces: Samuel Richardson’s Clarissa and Henry Fielding’s Tom Jones. While we will spend a considerable amount of time on these two lengthy (though mercifully abridged) works by figures whose reputations were already established by 1748, we will also examine the first novels of such rising stars as Tobias Smollett and John Cleland. This process of segmenting the novel’s history and isolating a portion of it will allow us to work against the older, linear-tending grand narratives by witnessing several concurrent examples of creative fiction as they vie for a place in the same market. It will also afford us a glimpse of the emergence of certain novelistic sub-genres (such as the first-ever children’s novel, Sarah Fielding’s The Governess and the first explicitly erotic novel in English, Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure), as well as provide us the opportunity to assess a strikingly contemporaneous spike in the production of Continental erotic novels.

General Ed: H - Humanities, W - Writing (Harpur Req)
Instructor: Nace

ENG 350P Eighteenth Century Poetry

MWF 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM LH 013

In this class we shall explore the poetry of the “long” eighteenth century (1660-1780). In addition to various genres (ballad, panegyric, ode, lyric, satire, and elegy), we shall consider the cultural contexts that inform poetic discourse. The course will offer students both the opportunity to view poetry as an art form and as a vivid commentary on contemporary life. Goals of this course include imparting an appreciation of the range of poetic discourse—as “art,” as social critique; helping students develop a stronger ability to read poetry; and conveying the idea that all media reflects—and shapes—perceptions about life.

General Ed: H - Humanities, W - Writing (Harpur Req)
Instructor: Pappa

MDVL 360 Hispanic Literature: Middle Ages – 17th Century

MWF 1:10 PM – 2:10 PM S1 158

Hispanic literature from the Middle Ages to the 17th century, plus colonial Latin American literature to the 18th century. Required for the major. Ability to participate in and to contribute actively and comfortably to classroom, as well as small-group, discussions of sophisticated topics with minimal loss of communication due to inadequate control of grammatical structures. Building on the skills and knowledge developed in the study of literary themes and topics in SPAN 344, this course will emphasize the interrelationship of analytical skills and clarity of thinking as the means of developing a personal style of expression. FORMAT: Will write four 4-to-5 page essays (with peer editing and revision). Conducted in Spanish. PREREQUISITE: SPAN 344 or equivalent. Cross-listed with SPAN 360.

General Ed: H - Humanities, W - Writing (Harpur Req)
Instructor: Hassell

CLAS 380G Between Persians and Islam

T/R 8:30 AM – 9:55 AM S2 138

This course will focus on the history and culture of the Jews from sixth century B.C.E. to the seventh century C.E. It will concentrate on developments in the Jews’ homeland as well as in the far-flung communities of the Diaspora. Topics will include: the Maccabean revolt, the Dead Sea Scrolls, the emergence of Christianity out of Judaism, the Jewish rebellions against Rome, ancient anti-Semitism, and the rise of rabbinic Judaism. Books will include: The Jerusalem Bible (including both testaments and apocryphal writings), Diaspora: Jews amidst Greeks and Romans, Erich Gruen Rome and Jerusalem, Martin Goodman, Texts and Traditions, Lawrence Schiffman. Also taught as HIST 385H and JUST 342

General Ed: W - Writing (Harpur Req)
Instructor: Arkush

ARTH 381E British Painting: Holbein to Hogarth

MWF 9:40 AM – 10:40 AM FA 209

This course will explore the development of painting in Britain from the 1520s to the 1730s, and the complementary literary responses to images and image-making during this period. Topics to be examined will include the development of painting styles, the relationship between painting and literature, the political and social function of artistic representation, visual symbols and their meaning and use, and the contexts and nature of collection and connoisseurship. We will focus on a n array of painting genres, including portraiture (both full-scale and miniature), historical and allegorical painting, landscape, still-life, and marine painting, and will read from a range of relevant works of prose and poetry for the English Renaissance and early modern period.

General Ed: A - Aesthetic Perspective, W - Writing (Harpur Req)
Instructor: Walkling

HIST 381H Machiavelli & The Renaissance

MW 10:50 AM – 11:50 AM SL 306 and
F 10:50 AM – 11:50 AM S2 132 or
F 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM SW 315

This course examines texts in contexts. It explores Machiavelli's writings in relation to the Renaissance in Florence, Italy and Europe. What made Machiavelli so reviled in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries and why does his name continue to carry opprobrium? Were his ideas atypical or did he merely push the implications of Renaissance thought further than his contemporaries? There will be special emphasis on the text of The Prince, but ample opportunity to read other works of Machiavelli and his contemporaries and write about them. LEVEL THREE COURSE FOR MAJORS AND NON-MAJORS. FORMAT: Two lectures per week and discussion. One mid-term examination and one final; one essay of 10-12 pages; marks for class participation and attendance. BOOKS: The Portable Machiavelli, ed. Bondanella and Musa;Curry and Zarate, Introducing Machiavelli; Mackenney, Renaissances; Skinner, Machiavelli; Viroli, Machiavelli.

General Ed: N - Social Science, W - Writing (Harpur Req)
Instructor: Richard S. Mackenney

MDVL 382A Masterworks of French Lit.

MW 4:40 PM – 6:05 PM S1 158

Overview of the development of French literature from the Middle Ages through the 17th century, within the context of French society, culture and institutions. Reading and analysis of short fiction, plays, essays and poems. Conducted in French. FORMAT: Readings and discussions in French; oral presentations; two short papers, two in-class examinations. Writing adjustments possible for non-majors. Among authors are Marie de France, Marguerite de Navarre, Montaigne, Madame de LaFayette, Racine, Molière and La Fontaine. An important gateway course to 400-level courses. Regular attendance mandatory. PREREQUISITE: ONE 300-level French course. Freshmen: AP score of 5 or I.B. French or permission of instructor. Students from other disciplines welcome. Also taught as FREN 361.

General Ed: H - Humanities, W - Writing (Harpur Req)
Instructor: Dora E. Polachek

MDVL 382C Gilded Pages: Islamic World

T/R 10:05 AM – 11:30 AM FA 258

Gilded Pages: Calligraphy, Illumination, and Painting in the Islamic World This course will explore the rich manuscript tradition of the Islamic world, from the early parchment Qur’an pages of the 8th – 10th centuries to the lavishly illustrated books of the Arab world, the Ottoman Empire, Iran, and India. While most of the scholarship on this topic has focused on the aesthetic dimensions of the manuscripts, we will also consider the dynamics of production, the relationship between text and image, and the politics of patronage. Manuscripts will be the main focus, but the class will include consideration of the printed book, the large-scale portrait in oil from the Qajar Dynasty in Iran, and some examples of modern and contemporary art that draw on traditional techniques and calligraphic modes. There are no prerequisites for this course.

General Ed: A - Aesthetic Perspective, W - Writing (Harpur Req)
Instructor: Um

MDVL 382F The Tale of Genji & Its World

T/R 4:25 pm - 5:50 pm SW 315

The Tale of Genji is one of the world’s literary masterpieces and certainly the most revered work of the Japanese classical canon. Written at the beginning of the 11th century by a court lady who served an empress, it provides a breathtaking portrait of Japan's aristocratic culture of the time. This course focuses on the Tale and the world that inspired it. We will read the complete work in English translation, emphasizing close reading and discussion, as well as works of literature, theater, and visual arts created in response to it in the thousand years since its appearance. Theoretical matters such as canon formation, gender and masculinity will also be addressed. This course has no prerequisites. Cross-listed with AAAS 381O and COLI 321N

Instructor: Strippoli

HIST 384E Korean History (Ancient - 19 Century)

T/R 10:05 AM – 11:30 AM SL 210

This is the first course of a three-part Korean history sequence and covers the time period from ancient Korea until the late 19th century. Rather than a simple history, this course seeks to understand the ways in which the people on and around the Korean peninsula lived and interacted with neighboring cultures. Particular focus will be given to the governing structures, worldviews, and life practices that allowed the development of what today is called “Korean” culture. Also taught as AAAS 360.

General Ed: W - Writing (Harpur Req)
Instructor: Pettid

HIST 385C Intro Arabic Civilization/Cult

T/R 10:05 AM – 11:30 AM LH 005

This course is required for the Africana Major/Minor and is a 'w writing emphasis course. This course aims to give an overview of the Civilization and Culture of the Arab peoples in Africa and elsewhere, starting with their origins and continuing through the present. A selection of texts¬ in English dealing with and pertaining to different aspects and areas of Arabic life and culture will be read and discussed. The texts have been selected with the intent to compare and analyze approaches in those written by Arab writers and those written by non-Arab writers. Among the topics to be covered are¬ but not limited to: The origins of the Arabs; pre-Islamic Arab society; Arab-Islamic society and the Islamic Empire; Arabs in Africa and Europe, Arab-African (Amazigh) Empires, Arabic-Islamic culture in Africa and its contribution to world culture; decadence and fall of the Arab-Islamic Empire; European Infiltration and Colonialism (18-19 C); Independence and the creation of Nation-States. We will also analyze and discuss modern concerns and problems of the area focusing on the Maghrib, the Sahel and West Africa.

General Ed: G - Global Interdependencies, H - Humanities, W - Writing (Harpur Req)
Instructor: Moulay A. Bouanani

HIST 385G Topics in Ottoman History

T/R 2:50 PM – 4:15 PM SW 331
General Ed: N - Social Science, W - Writing (Harpur Req)
Instructor: TBA

MDVL 430 The Bayeux Tapestry

M 1:10 PM – 4:10 PM FA 225

The Bayeux Tapestry. History, Historiography and Ideology in Anglo-Norman England This seminar will examine the Bayeux Tapestry, a uniquely surviving strip of linen embroidered with a narrative of the disputed succession to the English throne and the Norman conquest of 1066, as one among a number of partisan and conflicting accounts of Anglo-Saxon and Norman claims to kingship in England. Historiography, textual and visual sources and their adaptations and transformations, continuous narration and sources in the imagery of conquest, embroidery techniques, patronage, politics, and intended audiences will all be discussed. Format: Weekly readings, presentations and discussions. One conference-length paper, revised. Also taught as ARTH 430, ARTH 532, ENG 450H, ENG 593T, HIST 481Q, HIST 551Q and MDVL 532.

General Ed: A - Aesthetic Perspective
Instructor: Abou-El-Haj

MUS 480A Opera History & Related Topics

T/R 2:50 PM – 4:15 PM FA 166
Instructor: Paul C. Schleuse

COLI 480G Don Quixote

T 4:25 PM – 7:25 pm S2 138

The class will consist primarily of a careful reading of Cervantes' novel, Parts 1 & 2. The class will be conducted in Spanish. Open to undergraduates and graduates. PREREQUISITES: SPAN 360 and 370. Also taught as COLI 574O, LACS 480X, LACS 580H, SPAN 481L and SPAN 581P.

General Ed: H - Humanities, W - Writing (Harpur Req)
Instructor: Fajardo

MDVL 481B Dante’s Divine Comedy

MW 3:30 PM – 4:55 PM LN 1120

A masterpiece of world literature and the story of one man's journey through the afterlife, Dante's DIVINE COMEDY has fascinated readers for centuries. Travel with him as he makes his way to his beloved Beatrice--through the depths of Hell, up the steep mountain of Purgatory, and to the heights of Paradise, where he is granted a glimpse of the key to all of life's mysteries. Both those who have studied Dante before and those who have not are welcome. FORMAT: Scheduled class meetings conducted in English, with additional time and assignments arranged for students reading the COMMEDIA in Italian. Requirements include class participation, two exams, several short papers and a bibliography. Students taking the course for graduate credit will write a research paper. Also taught as ITAL 461, ITAL 51A, MDVL 561A and COLI 512A.

General Ed: H - Humanities
Instructor: Stewart

HIST 481D Shakespeare to Hollywood

W 1:10 PM – 4:10 PM SW 310

This course has three major elements which are interlinked. It explores definitions of the Renaissance and its significance, how Renaissance themes reached a wide popular audience in Shakespeare's London and how representations of those themes have in turn translated into our own culture. Among the topics for examination are Socratic characteristics of Falstaff, history and posterity in Julius Caesar, Machiavellian themes in 3 Henry VI and Richard III, the continuing fascination -- and -- marketability -- of the tragedies, comedies and histories. The films under study will be largely -- but not exclusively -- versions of the plays which are or have been available to cinema audiences and will include Chimes at Midnight, Julius Caesar, Richard III and Hamlet. Senior Seminar for majors and non-majors. FORMAT: One seminar per week. One paper and one essay; marks for attendance and participation. BOOKS: The Norton Shakespeare, 2nd ed., ed. Stephen Greenblatt et all. (Norton, New York, 2008) ISBN: 978-0-393-92991 1. Richard Mackenney, Renaissances. The Cultures of Italy, c.1300-c.1600 (Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke and New York, 2005) ISBN: 0 333 62905 1. Frank Kermode, The Age of Shakespeare (Modern Library, Random House, New York, 2004) ISBN: 0 8129 7433 6 . Stephen Greenblatt, Renaissance Self-Fashioning: From More to Shakespeare (U of Chicago Press, 1980) ISBN: 0226 30654 2 Samuel Crowl, Shakespeare and Film. A Norton Guide (Norton, New York, 2008) ISBN 978 0 393 92765 8 Russell Jackson (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare on Film (Cambridge UP, 2000) ISBN 0521 63975 1 PREREQUISITES: N/A COREQUISITES: N/A NOTES: Some background in Renaissance history will be an advantage. this course is not appropriate for first-year students.

General Ed: C - Composition, N - Social Science
Instructor: Mackenney

HIST 481M British Empire

M 3:30 PM – 6:30 PM SW 330

British Empire Seminar (Graduate/Undergraduate): This course treats the history of the British Empire from its origins to its dissolution. It will provide students with an understanding of the key themes which have emerged recently in the historiography of the British Empire. The books we will read include a number of recent classics in the field. Topics treated will range from the Britain’s first, Atlantic empire in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries through decolonization in the twentieth century. Note: Other graduate students - permission by instructor. Also taught as MDVL 560L.

Instructor: Lothian

MDVL 481S Age of Louis XIV

T/R 2:40 PM – 4:15 PM FA 348

From 1660 to 1672, friendship with Louis XIV could be as uncomfortable as being subject to the King's animosity or indifference. A primary focus of this course will be the reading of humorous writing (Molière, La Fontaine) that masks subversive views of absolute power. The course will be conducted entirely in French (texts, class discussion, written work). PREREQUISITES: FREN 361 or 362; highly recommended, FREN 351 or a higher-level language course. Also taught as MDVL 560D and FREN 563C.

General Ed: H - Humanities, W - Writing (Harpur Req)
Instructor: Coates

HIST 481Z Women, Gender & Spirituality in Medieval Europe

R 2:50 PM – 5:50 PM SW 320

This seminar examines one of the major shifts in the study of history, from the early feminist project of recuperating women’s history to the more recent project of writing gender history. Taking as our focus treatments of medieval women, gender, and spirituality, we will begin the semester by closely reading and discussing a selection of key primary texts authored by and about high- and late-medieval holy women, such as Hildegard of Bingen and Catherine of Siena. For the rest of the semester, we will examine how scholars have used and interpreted these crucial texts. We will discuss the shift from women’s to gender history, examining how that shift has reinterpreted the texts we are studying. In the process, we will consider what recent work has accomplished. Over the course of the term, students will synthesize their own views in a paper of 15 to 20 pages that returns to one or more of the primary texts under discussion, offering their own interpretations and critiquing those of the scholars whose work we have read. Drafts will be peer reviewed and discussed in class, and the final version of the paper will be due at the end of the semester. The course will be entirely discussion based. Grades will be based on three brief source analyses (10% each); class participation, including peer review of paper drafts (20%); one oral presentation (10%); and the final paper (40%). This course is intended for juniors and seniors in History and Medieval Studies who have taken at least one course in medieval history.

General Ed: C - Composition, N - Social Science
Instructor: TBA

AAAS 484F Maritime Asia

M 3:30 PM – 6:30 PM SS 306

An exploration of the interactions of the peoples and cultures of maritime Asia over the past two thousand years. Topics will include the trade patterns of the first millennium CE, the 12th century "world trading system" in which Europe played only a peripheral role, the 15th century expeditions of the Chinese admiral Zheng He (and the question of whether they discovered America), and the Asian maritime world during the eras of European expansion and colonialism. Special attention will be paid to the maritime connections in East Asia, which some have described as an “East Asian Mediterranean”, but we will also consider the profound impact of Europe's Asian expansion as well as the impact of that expansion on Asian cultures, and we will investigate the ways in which the activities of the maritime world influenced multiple cultures (Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Southeast Asian, Indian, Middle Eastern, and European) and religions (Islam, Buddhism, and Christianity in particular). FORMAT: The seminar will meet once a week for three hours and will be discussion-based. Grades for undergraduates will be based upon an essay of 5-7 pages and a seminar paper of 15-20 pages. Drafts and re-writes will be required for the first assignment and will be strongly recommended for the seminar papers. READINGS: TBA Also taught as HIST 484F and HIST 576E.

General Ed: C - Composition, N - Social Science
Instructor: Chaffee

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