2018-2019 University Catalog 
    
    Oct 21, 2018  
2018-2019 University Catalog
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MRST 110 - Medieval and Renaissance Culture


FDR: Offered as 110A when HL; or as 110 when HU; depending on topic.
Credits: 3


An introduction to the interdisciplinary study of the Medieval and Renaissance periods through the study of a particular topic. Recent studies: The Crusades, Monasticism, Chivalry, Elizabethan England, the Birth of Italian Literature, Pilgrimage, and European Encounters with Islam. Offered as 110A when HL; or as 110 when HU; depending on topic.

Winter 2019, MRST 110A-01: Giants of Italian Renaissance Literature in Translation (3). This course proposes an overview of some of the major literary and philosophical figures of the Italian Renaissance who have profoundly influenced Western thought, art and culture. The course starts with the thorough reading of Dante's Inferno, continues with selections of sonnets from Petrarca's Canzoniere, then moves on to a wide selection of stories from Boccaccio's Decameron, explores the contributions of women artists to Renaissance drama and poetry, and concludes with the reading of Machiavelli's The Prince and the play La Mandragola. The readings and discussions focus on the evolution of humanist thought, of the development of literary genres such as the sonnet, on the literary virtuosity and philosophical concepts as embodied throughout the three main centuries of the Italian Renaissance and represented by this particular selection of authors and works. The course is taught in an interdisciplinary manner as it reveals the interconnections between theology, philosophy, literature and rhetoric as developed throughout the golden period of the Italian Renaissance. (HL) Radulescu.

Fall 2018, MRST 110-01: The Age of Elizabeth: Politics, Personalities, Faith and Culture (3). We study the 45-year reign of Elizabeth I through a variety of lenses in order to develop a complex understanding of this fascinating and formative period of English history. We look at the politics (the war with Spain, marriage negotiations, internal factions); the personalities (Elizabeth herself, Mary Stuart, key courtiers, suitors, and councilors); the religious controversies (the Elizabethan Settlement, the transition from Catholicism, the rise of Puritanism); and the rich cultural heritage (popular theater, sonnet sequences, portraiture). (HU) Dobin.




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