Medieval and Renaissance Collegium (MARC) Courses (Division 430)

205. Material Resources in the Medieval and Renaissance Culture. (4). (HU).

A close reading of a number of epic poems from the 11th, 12th, and 13th centuries, written in French and Spanish. The course will consider both the elements our texts have in common, and those that differentiate them. All readings will be in English. (Fraker)

212/Hist. 212. The Renaissance. (4). (HU).

See History 212. (Becker)

411. Special Topics. (1-3). (Excl).
Section 001 Development of French as a Literary Language in the 16th Century.
In 16th century France, there was a renewal of classical studies and increased influence of Italian. The Latin used for law, scholarship and church was quite different from the classical variety. Philology improved the knowledge of Classical Latin, but few could use it for daily use. It became necessary to depend more on the "vulgar" tongue. Jurists, clerics, scholars and writers sought to prove that French was as capable as Latin for expressing ideas and deliberately developed a technical and scientific vocabulary, improved literary style, codified its grammar. Their program was outlined in the 1549 Deffense et Illustration de la Langue Francoyse by Joachim duBellay. We shall read this work and evaluate it in the context of modern principles of language standardization. Also basic to our class work will be Le Moyen Francais (Que sais-je, 1086) by Pierre Guiraud. Grading will be based on a midterm and a five page term paper about some aspect of the standardization of French in the 16th century. Reading knowledge of French is required. (Morgan)

Section 002 Medieval Music. This course is a survey of plainchant and polyphonic repertoires from early Christianity until the beginning of the 15th century. In addition to examining the music according to its structural principles, we attempt to place its composition into the broader perspective of medieval intellectual activity. Among the topics to be discussed: medieval Christian liturgy, the process of oral transmission in music, the birth of musical nationalism, music among the medieval arts. Because the course involves intensive examination of medieval repertoires, the ability to read music (either with an instrument or voice no performance is required), is essential. Each class meeting will be preceded by a 20 minute voice performance workshop, involving Gregorian chant, tropes, and early polyphony. Grading will be based on two examinations and a term paper, to be written during the latter part of the term. The textbooks are: Reese, Music in the Middle Ages; Apel/Davidson, Harvard Anthology of Music, Vol. 1. (Borders)

412/Italian 431. World of the Medici. One course in literature (in any field); a knowledge of Italian is not required. (3). (HU).

See Italian 431. (Budel)

418, 419, 420. Comparative and Thematic Studies of Medieval Culture I, II, III. (4 each). (HU). Individual courses in this series may be elected for credit more than once.

MARC 418 is offered Fall Term, 1982.

Crusades in East-West Perspective. The purpose of this course is to examine the causes, the primary stages of development, and the consequences of the Crusades not only from a traditional "Christian" or "European" perspective but also from a "Near Eastern" or "Islamic" point of view. Special emphasis is given to the role of the Crusades in the social and economic development of the medieval Mediterranean world. No prerequisites; midterm test and final "subjective" examination. (Ehrenkreutz)

439/Italian 433. Dante in Translation. A knowledge of Italian is not required. Not open to Italian concentrators. (3). (HU).

See Italian 433. (Marsh)

440/Latin 435. Medieval Latin I, 500-900 A. D. Two years of college Latin or the equivalent. (4). (HU).

This course is designed for students who have not had any Medieval Latin. The prerequisite for the course is approximately two years of Classical Latin, though students who have had accelerated courses in Latin are certainly welcome to apply to the course. We will be accomplishing in this course a survey of the major literary events from roughly A. D. 500 until the end of the age of Charlemagne. The kinds of texts we will read will include some historiography, some saints' lives, certain representational poems from the court of Charlemagne, as well as emphasis on the development of monasticism in the West. While the course is primarily a reading course in Latin, and hence will pay some attention to the way in which Medieval Latin develops from Classical Latin, it is also very much a cultural course which is designed to show students the emerging concerns of the Early Middle Ages in the areas of religion, philosophy, thought, as well as literature. (Witke)

495. Paleography. (1-4). (HU).

This course, taught in English, will provide students with the elements of the science of paleography. They will work on documents and they will be trained to read medieval inscriptions and manuscripts from the High Middle Ages to the XVth century. Part of the course will be dedicated to an introduction to the problems of textual edition in Old French or Occitan. No special preparation required. Graded on class participation, homework (50%) and an individual final project. (Mermier)


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