HISTORY 197 - First-Year Seminar
Section: 003 Invisible Cities: Travellers' Tales, 1220-1650 AD
Term: FA 2009
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
Course Note:
A basic introduction to historical thinking and method through small-course seminar experience. Topics vary from term to term; however, no matter what the topic, students can expect to spend a great deal of time learning to think critically about historical questions and to write well. As such, the First-Year seminar should serve as an introduction to upper-level course work in history and related fields of study.
Credits:
3
Requirements & Distribution:
HU
Other:
FYSem
Waitlist Capacity:
10
Advisory Prerequisites:
Enrollment restricted to first-year students, including those with sophomore standing.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities would be a launching ground for how travel accounts between 1200 and 1650 envisaged and described cities their readers would never see. Readings could include: the travels of Marco Polo; crusader accounts; Franciscan, Dominican, and Jesuit narratives and letters; and Leo-Africanus’ Description of Africa. Utopian cities such as those conceived by Leonardo da Vinci, Calvin, and Thomas More would also be treated. Alongside the textual sources, the course would introduce students to the different traditions in map-making for the period (mappae-mundi, portolan charts, the influential maps of Jewish cartographers on the island of Majorca, and Islamic maps), making use of the excellent map collections in Hatcher and the Clements Library.

HISTORY 197 - First-Year Seminar
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
P
41755
Open
6
3Y1
-
W 2:00PM - 5:00PM
Note: ALL SECTIONS OF HISTORY 197 ARE RESTRICTED TO FIRST-YEAR STUDENTS. Section 001 Meets with WOMENSTD 150.002
003 (SEM)
P
45297
Open
3
3Y1
-
MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
Note: Section 003: "Invisible Cities: Travellers' Tales, 1220-1650 AD."
004 (SEM)
P
48502
Closed
0
 
-
TuTh 8:30AM - 10:00AM
Note: Section 004: "Say it Loud: Black Culture in America." Meets with AMCULT 103.001 and CAAS 104.001
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ISBN: 9780151452903
Invisible cities., Author: Calvino, Italo., Publisher: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich 1974
Required
ISBN: 9780140449105
Utopia, Author: Thomas More ; translated with an introduction and notes by Paul Turner., Publisher: Penguin Books Reissued w 2003
Required
ISBN: 9780140446890
The book of the city of ladies., Author: Christine de Pizan ; translated and with an introduction and notes by Rosalind Brown-Grant., Publisher: Penguin 1999
Required
ISBN: 9780140080988
The memory palace of Matteo Ricci, Author: Jonathan D. Spence., Publisher: Penguin Books 1985
Required
ISBN: 9780140440577
The Travels, Author: Marco Polo, Publisher: Penguin Classic
Required
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