HISTORY 496 - History Colloquium
Section: 004 Monasticism: Byzantine East and Latin West
Term: FA 2014
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
Requirements & Distribution:
With permission of department.
Advisory Prerequisites:
Junior and Senior HISTORY majors. HISTORY majors are required to elect HISTORY 496 or 497.
May be repeated for a maximum of 8 credit(s).
Primary Instructor:

Before there was a New World to be imagined and explored, before the age of revolutions when people acted upon their visions for a transformed social order, before the back-to-the-land movement and Woodstock, and before gravity-defying space travel became scientifically feasible, men and women created other worlds in the most inhospitable of terrains: in deserts, on mountain tops, in caves, in forests, and on islands lacking all the amenities of a resort or vacation spot. This course addresses the phenomenon of men and women who chose to leave the world to achieve spiritual perfection and yet in doing so redrew social and physical landscapes in such a way that their settlements became centers of learning, economic production, the arts, controversy, and reform, as well as of spirituality and introspection. We will consider in what ways monastic experiments in the Greek East and the Latin West diverged, even as they shared common goals. We will follow the lives of those who dared to break with social conventions while often (not always) being held up as exemplars of order and stability. And we will try to understand how the “world” entered into the monastery and the monastery into the world, between, roughly, the fourth and fourteenth centuries AD. Our readings will include monastic rules and documents for monastic foundations, lives of saints and of those who never made it to sainthood, historical and fictional accounts of monastic ventures, and related sources that will enable us to situate this movement and these individuals in their historical settings. There will be opportunity to consider what has been preserved of monastic traditions in our own times.

HISTORY 496 - History Colloquium
Schedule Listing
002 (SEM)
6LSA Hist Majors- Jr or Sr Only
M 2:00PM - 5:00PM
003 (SEM)
3LSA Hist Majors- Jr or Sr Only
W 3:00PM - 6:00PM
004 (SEM)
TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
005 (SEM)
Wolv. Access
MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
NOTE: Data maintained by department in Wolverine Access. If no textbooks are listed below, check with the department.

ISBN: 9780809126941
Conferences, Author: Cassian, John, approximately 360-approximately 435., Publisher: Paulist Press 1985
ISBN: 9780913836156
The monk of Mount Athos : Staretz Silouan, 1886-1938, Author: Sofronii?, Archimandrite, 1896-1993., Publisher: St. Vladmird? Seminary Peers 1973
ISBN: 0232522405
Prayer and community : the Benedictine tradition, Author: Columba Stewart., Publisher: Darton, Longman & Todd 1998
ISBN: 9780913836118
St. Gregory Palamas and orthodox spirituality, Author: Meyendorff, John, 1926-1992., Publisher: St. Vladimir's Seminary Press 1974
ISBN: 9780156106801
The baron in the trees, Author: Calvino, Italo., Publisher: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich 1977
ISBN: 9780140440737
The life of Saint Teresa, Author: by herself ; translated with an introduction by J.M. Cohen., Publisher: Penguin Books [Reissued] 1957
ISBN: 9780140433562
The Cistercian world : monastic writings of the twelfth century, Publisher: Penguin Books 1993
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