Fall 2018

Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
MEMS 200-02 Gothic Pilgrimage
Instructor: Phillip Earenfight
Course Description:
Cross-listed with ARTH 213-01. This course considers the visual arts of the late Gothic era in the major European cities, courts, and religious centers as seen through the eyes of a pilgrim c. 1400 en route from Hereford to Rome (along the via Francigena), Rome to Jerusalem, and back to Hereford (along the banking trade routes via Cologne). The sites selected trace well-known routes that pilgrims followed to the Holy Land and the objects and monuments they encountered: e.g. the city itself, principal sacred and civic structures, altarpieces, reliquaries, and tombs of saints and rulers. Readings and discussions will examine medieval notions of pilgrimage and its role in late medieval society, with a focus on the rituals and objects associated with death, burial, afterlife, and commemoration. Each object will be considered within the broader fabric of its surroundings, paying particular attention to the rituals and physical context associated with the object and how it would have been experienced by a pilgrim.
1330:MR   WEISS 219
MEMS 200-03 Italian Renaissance Art 1250-1450
Instructor: Melinda Schlitt
Course Description:
Cross-listed with ARTH 300-01. A survey of painting, sculpture, and architecture in Italy from approximately 1250 to 1450. The works of Giotto, Pisano, Donatello, Ghiberti, Brunelleschi, and Massacio, among others, will be addressed. Issues of style, patronage, and function will be considered within the political and cultural contexts of the 13th through 15th centuries. Critical and theoretical writings of the period will also be discussed.
0900:TR   WEISS 221
MEMS 200-04 The Epic: Gods, Devils, Monsters, and Men
Instructor: Jacob Sider Jost
Course Description:
Cross-listed with ENGL 101-05. An introduction to the epic as a genre and to the mythic stories that have shaped Western culture. Texts will likely include Homer's Iliad, Beowulf, Milton's Paradise Lost, and Wordsworth's The Prelude.
0930:MWF   HPH LARGE SEM
MEMS 200-05 Revolutionary Milton
Instructor: Carol Ann Johnston
Course Description:
Cross-listed with ENGL 311-01. John Milton at times emerges in the popular imagination as the benign Christian poet of Paradise Lost. While Paradise Lost is a Biblical epic poem about the fall of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, Milton addresses in the poem polemical subjects such as the role and place of women in an ideal society; the relationship between God and Christ the Son; the question of personal responsibility; the role of monarchy and religion in the state; the idea of a republic. Paradise Lost, along with the Bible, was one of the most frequently read books in Colonial America, and we have in our archive Benjamin Rush's copy of Paradise Lost. In addition we also have first editions of Paradise Lost, Paradise Regained, Samson Agonistes, and other beautiful and significant Milton volumes. Our study of these editions will show Milton's understanding and manipulation of the press and censorship, and suggest how Milton the revolutionary came to be recognized as one of the greatest poets in the English language.
0900:TR   LIBRY ARCHCLS
MEMS 200-08 History of Music
Instructor: Lila Ellen Gray
Course Description:
Cross-listed with MUAC 101-01.An introductory course for students with some previous music experience providing training in intelligent listening through chronological discussion and analysis of selected representative works from the Middle Ages to 1750.
1330:MR   WEISS 221
MEMS 200-09 Medieval Europe
Instructor: Stephen Weinberger
Course Description:
Cross-listed with HIST 105-01.This survey course will study the development of European civilization during the period ca.300 to 1300. It will consider the impact of such events as the decline of the Roman Empire, the Germanic invasions, the development of Christianity and the Church, the emergence of feudalism, the expansion of Islam and the Crusades, and the creation of romantic literature.
1030:TR   DENNY 203
MEMS 200-10 Islam
Instructor: Theodore Pulcini
Course Description:
Cross-listed with HIST 259-01, MEST 259-01 and RELG 259-01.An introduction to Islamic beliefs and practices in their classical forms: rituals, law, mysticism, and other topics. The course will consider aspects of Islamic cultures and societies in medieval and modern times.
1130:MWF   DENNY 104
MEMS 200-11 Political Philosophy
Instructor: Harold Pohlman
Course Description:
Cross-listed with POSC 180-01 and PHIL 180-01.
1330:TR   DENNY 110
MEMS 200-12 Political Philosophy
Instructor: Kathryn Heard
Course Description:
Cross-listed with POSC 180-02 and PHIL 180-02.
0900:TR   DENNY 311
Courses Offered in ARTH
Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
ARTH 101-01 An Introduction to the History of Art
Instructor: Melinda Schlitt
Course Description:
This course is a critical survey of western art beginning with the Ancient Near East (approximately 4000 B.C.) through the Gothic period in Europe (early 1300s). Emphasis will be placed on the analysis of style, subject-matter, and function within an historical context, and especially on the student's ability to develop skills in visual analysis. Developing appropriate vocabularies with which to discuss and analyze works of art and imagery will also be stressed, along with learning to evaluate scholarly interpretations of them.
0930:MWF   WEISS 235
ARTH 102-01 An Introduction to the History of Art
Instructor: Lisa Dorrill
Course Description:
This course surveys art of the European renaissance through the contemporary period. Art will be examined within the historical context in which it was produced, with attention to contemporary social, political, religious, and intellectual movements. Students will examine the meaning and function of art within the different historical periods. In addition, students will learn to analyze and identify different artistic styles.
1330:MR   WEISS 235
ARTH 213-01 Gothic Pilgrimage
Instructor: Phillip Earenfight
Course Description:
Cross-listed with MEMS 200-02. This course considers the visual arts of the late Gothic era in the major European cities, courts, and religious centers as seen through the eyes of a pilgrim c. 1400 en route from Hereford to Rome (along the via Francigena), Rome to Jerusalem, and back to Hereford (along the banking trade routes via Cologne). The sites selected trace well-known routes that pilgrims followed to the Holy Land and the objects and monuments they encountered: e.g. the city itself, principal sacred and civic structures, altarpieces, reliquaries, and tombs of saints and rulers. Readings and discussions will examine medieval notions of pilgrimage and its role in late medieval society, with a focus on the rituals and objects associated with death, burial, afterlife, and commemoration. Each object will be considered within the broader fabric of its surroundings, paying particular attention to the rituals and physical context associated with the object and how it would have been experienced by a pilgrim.
1330:MR   WEISS 219
ARTH 300-01 Italian Renaissance Art 1250-1450
Instructor: Melinda Schlitt
Course Description:
Cross-listed with MEMS 200-03. A survey of painting, sculpture, and architecture in Italy from approximately 1250 to 1450. The works of Giotto, Pisano, Donatello, Ghiberti, Brunelleschi, and Massacio, among others, will be addressed. Issues of style, patronage, and function will be considered within the political and cultural contexts of the 13th through 15th centuries. Critical and theoretical writings of the period will also be discussed. Prerequisite: 101 and 102 or permission of the instructor.
0900:TR   WEISS 221
Courses Offered in CLST
Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
CLST 100-01 Greek and Roman Mythology
Instructor: Jessica Romney
Course Description:
An introduction to the study and interpretation of Greek and Roman myths, as they appear both in ancient sources and in later music, sculpture, painting, and literature. The course focuses on interpretive approaches that can help us to define the insights of these myths into to human psychology and the predicaments of men and women, and to apply those insights critically to our own time.
0830:MWF   BOSLER 208
Courses Offered in ENGL
Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
ENGL 101-05 The Epic: Gods, Devils, Monsters, and Men
Instructor: Jacob Sider Jost
Course Description:
Cross-listed with MEMS 200-04. An introduction to the epic as a genre and to the mythic stories that have shaped Western culture. We will read works by Homer, Virgil, the Beowulf poet, Milton, and Alexander Pope.
0930:MWF   HPH LARGE SEM
ENGL 311-01 Revolutionary Milton
Instructor: Carol Ann Johnston
Course Description:
Cross-listed with MEMS 200-05. John Milton at times emerges in the popular imagination as the benign Christian poet of Paradise Lost. While Paradise Lost is a Biblical epic poem about the fall of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, Milton addresses in the poem polemical subjects such as the role and place of women in an ideal society; the relationship between God and Christ the Son; the question of personal responsibility; the role of monarchy and religion in the state; the idea of a republic. Paradise Lost, along with the Bible, was one of the most frequently read books in Colonial America, and we have in our archive Benjamin Rush's copy of Paradise Lost. In addition we also have first editions of Paradise Lost, Paradise Regained, Samson Agonistes, and other beautiful and significant Milton volumes. Our study of these editions will show Milton's understanding and manipulation of the press and censorship, and suggest how Milton the revolutionary came to be recognized as one of the greatest poets in the English language.
0900:TR   LIBRY ARCHCLS
ENGL 331-01 Medieval Romance
Instructor: Chelsea Skalak
Course Description:
In the Middle Ages, the vernacular language we now call English was considered unworthy of true literature. Therefore literature composed in English, or romances, was valued primarily by the marginalized members of society: women, the middle classes, and laypeople. Romance as a genre evolved to both romanticize and critique the lives of the aristocracy, symbolized in the heroic knight (or princess in disguise), the quest, and the search for the Holy Grail. In this class, we will consider issues of class, gender, sexuality, and national identity through the lens of this most popular and least lauded of medieval genres.
1030:TR   WEISS 221
ENGL 331-02 Shakespeare and Tragedy
Instructor: Jacob Sider Jost
Course Description:
An exploration of tragedy through primary texts (Sophocles, Euripides, above all Shakespeare), canonical theories (Aristotle, Hegel, Frye) and recent critical discussions (Rowan Williams, Blair Hoxby, Joshua Billings)
1230:MWF   DENNY 211
Courses Offered in HIST
Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
HIST 105-01 Medieval Europe
Instructor: Stephen Weinberger
Course Description:
Cross-listed with MEMS 200-09. This survey course will study the development of European civilization during the period ca.300 to 1300. It will consider the impact of such events as the decline of the Roman Empire, the Germanic invasions, the development of Christianity and the Church, the emergence of feudalism, the expansion of Islam and the Crusades, and the creation of romantic literature.
1030:TR   DENNY 203
HIST 121-01 Middle East to 1750
Instructor: David Commins
Course Description:
Cross-listed with MEST 121-01. The rise of Islam, the development of Islamic civilization in medieval times and its decline relative to Europe in the early modern era, 1500-1750. This course is cross-listed as MEST 121.
1230:MWF   DENNY 212
HIST 253-01 Autocracy, Uprisings, and Daily Life in Medieval and Imperial Russia
Instructor: Karl Qualls
Course Description:
Cross-listed with RUSS 253-01. An examination of the early formation of multi-ethnic clans into a large multinational empire. The course explores state formation, the role of women, church power, the arts, nationality conflict and figures such as Ivan the Terrible, Peter the Great, and Catherine the Great.
1030:MWF   DENNY 203
HIST 259-01 Islam
Instructor: Theodore Pulcini
Course Description:
Cross-listed with MEST 259-01, RELG 259-01 and MEMS 200-10. An introduction to Islamic beliefs and practices in their classical forms: rituals, law, mysticism, and other topics. The course will consider aspects of Islamic cultures and societies in medieval and modern times. This course is cross-listed as MEST 259 and RELG 259.
1130:MWF   DENNY 104
HIST 404-01 Medieval and Renaissance Heroes
Instructor: Stephen Weinberger
Course Description:
Although this course will cover a vast period of time (ca. 300-1300), it will focus on a rather narrow subjectthe hero. How did one become a hero? Was it instinctive or could one learn to be a hero? How did the characteristics of the heroic lifestyle change over time? Was there any real difference between male and female heroes? What role did heroes play in society? Was it a beneficial one? By reading literature, biographies, and other sources from the period, we shall attempt to answer these and other questions.
1500:MR   DENNY 315
Courses Offered in ITAL
Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
ITAL 341-01 The Discourse of Love
Instructor: James McMenamin
Course Description:
What is Love? Through a diverse selection of works from authors such as St. Francis, Dante, Petrarch, Boccaccio, Lorenzo de' Medici, Pietro Aretino, Gaspara Stampa, and Veronica Franco, students will examine the nature of love from a variety of perspectives. From the spirituality of religion to the physicality of desire and attraction, this course will confront topics such as the medieval and Renaissance ideas of love (courtly love, the Dolce Stil Novo, and love sickness), theological notions of love (charity), different expressions of love (heterosexuality, same-sex attraction and polyamory), and transgressive types of love (lust, adultery, and prostitution). This course is taught in Italian. Prerequisites: 231 and 232, or permission of the instructor. Offered every year.
1330:MR   BOSLER 313
Courses Offered in JDST
Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
JDST 103-01 Hebrew Scriptures/Old Testament in Context
Instructor: Theodore Pulcini
Course Description:
Cross-listed with RELG 103-01. A critical examination and attempt to understand the literature and the antecedent traditions remembered and formulated by the ancient Israelites in terms of their own views of God. This literature is interpreted in the context of events and cultures of the ancient Near East. This course is cross-listed as RELG 103.
0930:MWF   STERN 103
Courses Offered in MEST
Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
MEST 121-01 Middle East to 1750
Instructor: David Commins
Course Description:
Cross-listed with HIST 121-01. The rise of Islam, the development of Islamic civilization in medieval times and its decline relative to Europe in the early modern era, 1500-1750.This course is cross-listed as HIST 121.
1230:MWF   DENNY 212
MEST 259-01 Islam
Instructor: Theodore Pulcini
Course Description:
Cross-listed with RELG 259-01, HIST 259-01 and MEMS 200-10. An introduction to Islamic beliefs and practices in their classical forms: rituals, law, mysticism, and other topics. The course will consider aspects of Islamic cultures and societies in medieval and modern times. This course is cross-listed as HIST 372 and RELG 259.
1130:MWF   DENNY 104
Courses Offered in MUAC
Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
MUAC 101-01 History of Music
Instructor: Lila Ellen Gray
Course Description:
Cross-listed with MEMS 200-08. An introductory course for students with some previous music experience providing training in intelligent listening through chronological discussion and analysis of selected representative works from the Middle Ages to 1750.
1330:MR   WEISS 221
Courses Offered in RELG
Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
RELG 103-01 Hebrew Scriptures/Old Testament in Context
Instructor: Theodore Pulcini
Course Description:
Cross-listed with JDST 103-01. A critical examination and attempt to understand the literature and the antecedent traditions remembered and formulated by the ancient Israelites in terms of their own views of God. This literature is interpreted in the context of events and cultures of the ancient Near East. This course is cross-listed as JDST 103.
0930:MWF   STERN 103
RELG 259-01 Islam
Instructor: Theodore Pulcini
Course Description:
Cross-listed with HIST 259-01, MEST 259-01 and MEMS 200-10. An introduction to Islamic beliefs and practices in their classical forms: rituals, law, mysticism, and other topics. The course will consider aspects of Islamic cultures and societies in medieval and modern times. This course is cross-listed as HIST 259 and MEST 259.
1130:MWF   DENNY 104
Courses Offered in RUSS
Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
RUSS 253-01 Autocracy, Uprisings, and Daily Life in Medieval and Imperial Russia
Instructor: Karl Qualls
Course Description:
Cross-listed with HIST 253-01. An examination of the early formation of multi-ethnic clans into a large multinational empire. The course explores state formation, the role of women, church power, the arts, nationality conflict and figures such as Ivan the Terrible, Peter the Great, and Catherine the Great.
1030:MWF   DENNY 203