The Spanish Inquisition|
|Certificates: International Relations|
Few institutions are as notorious as the Spanish Inquisition. Reviled in literature (most famously by Dostoyevsky in his Brothers Karamazov) and lampooned in popular culture (by Monty Python, among others), the Spanish Inquisition remains a potent symbol of both religious fanaticism and ecclesiastical power run amok. In this seminar, we will consider the history and legacy of the Spanish Inquisition, which existed for 356 years (1478-1834) and operated in both Spain and Spain's colonies overseas. We will examine not only the historical record itself (e.g., transcripts of actual trials, individual case studies), but also various depictions of the Inquisition found in imaginative media (art, literature, and film). Our subject, then, will be the Spanish Inquisition both real and imagined. Why did this institution arise in the first place? How did it survive for as long as it did? And does the legend of the Spanish Inquisition match its history?
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Credit/Unsatisfactory|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
||Past Enrollment Probability: 90% or above
|Special Attributes: FYS|
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Homza, Lu Ann, ed. THE SPANISH INQUISITION, 1478-1614: AN ANTHOLOGY OF SOURCES (2006)
Chuchiak, John F., ed. THE INQUISITION IN NEW SPAIN, 1536-1820 (2012)
Starr-LeBeau, Gretchen. IN THE SHADOW OF THE VIRGIN: INQUISITORS, FRIARS AND CONVERSOS IN GUADALUPE SPAIN (2008).
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This class will be graded on a pass/no pass basis and students must achieve a minimum cumulative grade of C+ (78.5) in order to pass the course. Students will receive letter grades on all assignments and, while invited to office hours at any time, will also be required to meet with the instructor once around mid-term to discuss progress in the course. In lieu of a final grade, students will receive written comments available also to her/his adviser; the instructor hopes the comments will serve as the basis for a conversation about intellectual growth and curiosity, objectives, and skills and their assessment.
|Instructor(s): Garcia,Samuel J Times: .M.W... 02:50PM-04:10PM; Location: BOGH110; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 15||SR major: X||JR major: X|| || |
|Seats Available: 6||GRAD: X||SR non-major: X||JR non-major: X||SO: X||FR: 15|