This interdisciplinary history seminar for first-year students focuses on Europe's most famous capital city between 1550 and 1650, a period when Rome was a symbol of religious zeal, artistic creativity, and intellectual repression. We will explore these contradictions and their impact on cultural innovation by taking a close look at daily life in early modern Rome and at the lives of some of the city's most celebrated women and men. These saints, murderers, artists, and scientists include Ignatius Loyola, Beatrice Cenci, Artemisia Gentileschi, Gian Lorenzo Bernini, and Galileo Galilei. Course materials will feature visual and literary sources as well as documents from the period. The seminar includes a research project on a topic of the student's choice.
The research paper will involve creation of a bibliography, research in library and on line sources, and the ability to present findings clearly and concisely in an oral report and a well organized and argued paper.
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|Course Format: Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|SECTION 01 In-person only|
|Special Attributes: FYI|
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
E. Cohen & T. Cohen, WORDS AND DEEDS IN RENAISSANCE ROME
M. Finocchiara, ed., THE GALILEO AFFAIR: A DOCUMENTARY HISTORY
F. Hammond, MUSIC AND THE SPECTACLE IN BAROQUE ROME
F. Haskell, PATRONS AND PATRONAGE: ART AND SOCIETY IN BAROQUE ROME
I. Magnuson, ROME IN THE AGE OF BERNINI
C. Ricci, BEATRICE CENCI
K. Stow, THEATER OF ACCULTURATION: THE ROMAN GHETTO IN THE 16TH CENTURY
Relevant articles by historians and art historians.
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Discussion assignments; 10 page research paper with bibliography; oral report.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Attendance and participation in class discussion required.
|Instructor(s): Nussdorfer,Laurie Times: ..T.R.. 09:00AM-10:20AM; Location: BTFDC210; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 19||SR major: X||JR major: X|| || |
|Seats Available: 4||GRAD: X||SR non-major: X||JR non-major: X||SO: X||FR: 19|
|Drop/Add Enrollment Requests|
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