Introduction to History: Twelve Medieval People|
This course is one of the gateways to the history major. It is also an introduction to the Middle Ages through a study of 12 exemplary medieval lives and minds, spanning a thousand years of history. We focus on people--bodies, minds, and souls--coping with history and creating sense for their world. The course will typically feature one person or pair per week, and by examining their writings or stories and the contexts in which these were produced, the nature of medieval life, the pressure on the self, the articulation of gender and ethics for the entire period will come into view. Among the figures studied are likely to be St Augustine, Queen Brunhild, St Anselm, Abelard, Heloise, William Marshal, King Louis IX, Dante, Catherine of Siena, Christine de Pisan, Joan of Arc, Margery Kempe, and Pope Pius II.
As an introduction to history course, we'll also offer an examination of the basic concepts, techniques, and skills for reading, understanding, and writing history: documents and archives, text and context, sceptical inquiry, argument construction, and an interest in good and expressive writing.
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|Course Format: Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (HIST-MN)(HIST)
||Past Enrollment Probability: 75% - 89%
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Anselm of Canterbury, MONOLOGION & PROSLOGION
Abelard & Heloise, LETTERS
Guibert de Nogent, MONODIES
Jean de Joinville, HISTORY OF ST LOUIS
Dante, DIVINE COMEDY
Catherine of Siena, LETTERS OF CATHERINE OF SIENA
Christine de Pizan, WRITINGS OF CHRISTINE DE PIZAN
THE TRIAL OF JOAN OF ARC
|Examination and Assignments: |
Source Analysis Essay
Digital Text Analysis
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Attendance at Archival, Library, and Digital Skills Workshops.
|Instructor(s): Shaw,Gary Times: ..T.R.. 02:50PM-04:10PM; Location: FISK412; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 30||SR major: X||JR major: X|| || |
|Seats Available: 23||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 2||JR non-major: 3||SO: 10||FR: 15|