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 San Filippo Neri, Beatrice Cenci, Caravaggio, Artemisia Gentileschi, Gian Lorenzo Bernini, and Galileo. Course materials emphasize writings by historians, art and music historians, and historians of science, as well as visual, literary, musical, and documentary sources from the period. The seminar culminates with a research project on some individual or aspect of baroque Rome.
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: (HIST-MN)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Special Attributes: FYI|
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
M. Finocchiara, ed., THE GALILEO AFFAIR: A DOCUMENTARY HISTORY
G. Galileo, DIALOGUE CONCERNING THE TWO CHIEF WORLD SYSTEMS (2001 edn.)
M. Garrard, ARTEMISIA GENTILESCHI: THE IMAGE OF THE FEMALE HERO IN ITALIAN BAROQUE ROME
F. Hammond, MUSIC AND SPECTACLE IN BAROQUE ART
H. Hibbard, BERNINI
H. Langdon, CARAVAGGIO: A LIFE
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.
|Examination 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: .M.W... 01:10PM-02:30PM; Location: BTFDC210; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 15||SR major: X||JR major: X|| || |
|Seats Available: 3||GRAD: X||SR non-major: X||JR non-major: X||SO: X||FR: 15|