HISTORY 487 - Conversions and Christianities in the Early Modern World and Beyond
Section: 001
Term: WN 2018
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
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Our seminar investigates change of various kinds, especially religious transformations and the ways in which people's identities and allegiances are dynamic and the products of interactive emergence. We explore the points of view of those who carried and promoted religion -- and other would-be universal brands -- to others, but also the perspectives of those on the "receiving end," curious about them not only as users, but also as co-creators and re-makers of local systems of belief and practice.

A predominant focus will be the remarkable proliferation of Catholic Christianities in the expanding Spanish world between the fifteenth and eighteenth centuries. But, in order to avoid seeing this phenomena and period in splendid isolation, we also examine mobility of religion and culture in Europe and the circum-Mediterranean in the Late Antique and Medieval periods, and indeed in other far broader geographical and temporal frames.

Along the way, we will also discuss and employ an array of methods and approaches to historical interpretation, with "thinking tools" drawn from an array of disciplines, most notably anthropology and literature. Students will be challenged to consider their own lives and surrounding cultures as emergent, as experiences and tellings and transformations.

Course Requirements:

Students will be evaluated on: Preparation for, and Engagement and Participation in, Discussion; a series of Short Writing Assignments; Constructive Criticism of peers' drafts and their Own Revisions in response to comments; a Culminating Research Project

Intended Audience:

Upper-level undergraduates (Hist 487) PhD candidates (Hist 594),

Class Format:


HISTORY 487 - Conversions and Christianities in the Early Modern World and Beyond
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
Tu 10:00AM - 1:00PM
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ISBN: 9780521012690
Reading the Holocaust, Author: Clendinnen, Inga., Publisher: Cambridge University Press 2006
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 0674286502
The ransom of the soul afterlife and wealth in early western Christianity, Author: Brown, Peter Robert Lamont, 1935-, Publisher: Harvard University Press 2015
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 9780268102029
Visions of Sainthood in Medieval Rome: The Lives of Margherita Colonna by Giovanni Colonna and Stefania, Author: Leslie S. Knox and Sean L. Field, eds, Publisher: University of Notre Dame Press 2017
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 0807154105
Parallel histories : Muslims and Jews in inquisitorial Spain, Author: Amelang, James S. 1952-, Publisher: Louisiana State University Press op.
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 022627831X
Parables of coercion : conversion and knowledge at the end of Islamic Spain, Author: Kimmel, Seth,
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 9780691155487
Idolatry and its enemies : colonial Andean religion and extirpation, 1640-1750, Author: Kenneth Mills., Publisher: Princeton University Press 1997
ISBN: 9780128161500
Person and God in a Spanish valley, Author: Christian, William A., 1944-, Publisher: Seminar Press 1972
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 9780679451501
The sparrow, Author: Russell, Mary Doria, 1950-, Publisher: Villard Books 1996
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 1880810034
The spiritual conquest accomplished by the Religious of the Society of Jesus in the provinces of Paraguay, Parana, Uruguay, and Tape, Author: written by Father Antonio Ruiz de Montoya of the same Society (1689) ; introduced by C.J. McNaspy ; translated by C.J. McNaspy, John P. Leonard, and Martin E. Palmer., Publisher: Institute of Jesuit Sources 1st ed. 1993
ISBN: 0521031362
Language and self-transformation : a study of the Christian conversion narrative, Author: Stromberg, Peter G., Publisher: Cambridge University Press 2008
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 0307386120
Don't Sleep : Life and Language in the Amazonian Jungle., Author: Everett, Daniel L., Publisher: Vintage Books USA 2009
ISBN: 9781477314869
Andean Cosmopolitans: Seeking Justice and Reward at the Spanish Royal Court, Author: Jose Carlos de la Puente Luna, Publisher: University of Texas Press 2018
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