Course Schedule: Tuesday 5pm-7pm Aula 12; Thursday 5pm-7pm Aula 12. Classes start on Tuesday, March 9 at 5pm
Course Syllabus: (days, topics and readings)
T 9 March - Course Intro: Historical Thinking and Cultural History
- M. C. Lemon, Philosophy of History: A Guide for Students, pp. 290-303 (“The What is History Debate”) - Alessandro Arcangeli, Cultural History: A Concise Introduction, pp. 1-17 (“In search of a definition”); pp. 30-48 (“Interwoven paths”)
TH 11 March - No Class Today! We will make up for it on 6 May
T 16 March - Popular Culture?
- Peter Burke, Popular Culture in Early Modern Europe, pp. 3-22 (The Discovery of the People)
- Aron Gurevich, Medieval Popular Culture: Problems of Belief and Perception, pp. 78-103 (Popular Culture in the Mirror of the Penitentials)
TH 18 March – Francis Petrarch and Humanism
- Kenneth Bartelett, The Civilization of the Italian Renaissance, pp. XIX-XX; 1-8 (Introduction; Quintilian); pp. 25-34 (Petrarch: Introduction; Letter to Posterity; The Ascent of Mount Ventoux; Letter to the Shade of Cicero)
T 23 March - The Humanist “Revolution” and the Renaissance
- Kenneth Bartelett, The Civilization of the Italian Renaissance, pp. 66-86 (Coluccio Salutati, Letter to Peregrino Zambeccari; Vespasiano da Bisticci: Life of Poggio Bracciolini; Life of Niccolò Niccoli; Lorenzo Valla, The Glory of the Latin Language)
- Lauro Martines, Power and Imagination (Ch."Humanism: A Program for Ruling Classes")
TH 25 March - Women of the Renaissance
- Bartelett, The Civilization of the Italian Renaissance pp. 111-133 (Marriage, the Family, and Women: Intro; Francesco Barbaro; Leon Battista Alberti)
- Carolyn James, “Politics and Domesticity in the Letters of Isabella d’Este and Francesco Gonzaga, 1490 –1519”, Renaissance Quarterly 65 (2012): 321–52
T 30 March - The “Universal Man” of The Renaissance
- Bartelett, The Civilization of the Italian Renaissance, pp. 97-104 (Florentine Neoplatonism and Mysticism: Intro; Marsilio Ficino); pp. 104-108 (Giovanni Pico della Mirandola)
- Leonardo da Vinci, Selections from the Notebooks, in The Italian Renaissance Reader, ed. by Bondanella and Musa, pp. 185-195
TH 1 April - An Exercise of Critical Thinking: Lorenzo Valla’s Reading of The Donation of Constantine
- Bartelett, The Civilization of the Italian Renaissance, pp. 206-210 (Lorenzo Valla: The Principal Arguments from the Forged Donation of Constantine)
- The Donation of Constantine: https://sourcebooks.fordham.edu/source/donatconst.asp
2-7 April: Spring Break
TH 8 April - Political Thought: Niccolò Machiavelli
- Starn, Seeing Culture in a Room for a Renaissance Prince, in Biersack, Aletta, The New Cultural History, pp. 205-232
- Niccolò Machiavelli, The Prince, in Bondanella and Musa (eds.), The Italian Renaissance Reader, pp. 258-264; 273-274; 291-293
T 13 April - Pope Sixtus IV, Conspiracies, and the Making of the Last Judgment in the Sistine Chapel
- Joseph H. Lynch and Phillip C. Adamo, The Medieval Church: A Brief History, pp. 318-327 (“Crisis and Calamity”); pp. 329-342 (“The Church in the Fifteenth Century”)
- Marcello Simonetta, The Montefeltro Conspiracy: A Renaissance Mystery Decoded, selected pp.
TH 15 April – The Age of Geographical Explorations
- Cristopher Columbus, Journal of the First Voyage, paragraphs: 1, 2, 3, 4, 50-54: http://eada.lib.umd.edu/text-entries/journal/
T 20 April - Witchcraft: A Renaissance Contradiction?
- Brian Levack, The Witch-Hunt in Early Modern Europe, Ch. 2 (The Intellectual Foundations)
- Charles Zika, Images of Witchcraft in Early Modern Europe, in Levack, ed., The Oxford Handbook of Witchcraft in Early Modern Europe and Colonial America
TH 22 April - Heinrich Kramer’s Malleus Maleficarum and Related Traditions
- Kors and Peters, Witchcraft in Europe, 400-1700, pp. 176-228 (“The Hammer of Witches”)
- Gianfrancesco Pico della Mirandola, “Strix”, in Witchcraft in Europe, ed. by Alan Charles Kors and Edward Peters, selected pp.
T 27 April - Carlo Ginzburg’s Benandanti
- Carlo Ginzburg, The Night Battles: Witchcraft and Agrarian Cults in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries, selected pp.
TH 29 April - Civic Rituals and Popular Cultures: The Case of the Carnival
- Peter Burke, Popular Culture in Early-Modern Europe, pp. 178-204 (The World of Carnival)
T 4 May - Paper due today Protestant and Catholic Reforms
- Lisa Jardine, Erasmus: Man of Letters, selected pp.
- Martin Luther, Address to the Christian Nobility: https://history.hanover.edu/texts/luthad.html
- Paolo Giustiniani and Pietro Querini, Booklet to Pope Leo X on the Reform of the Church, selected pp.
TH 6 May - Science, Theology, and Authority
- The Index of Forbidden Books: https://sourcebooks.fordham.edu/mod/indexlibrorum.asp
- Giordano Bruno, On the Infinite, the Universe, and the Worlds, selected pp.
- Galileo Galilei's Indictment and Abjuration (1633): https://sourcebooks.fordham.edu/mod/1630galileo.asp
T 11 May – Current Cultural Trends
- James Hankins, How Not to Defend the Humanities: https://americanaffairsjournal.org/2017/11/not-defend-humanities/
- Yuval Noah Harari, Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow, selected pp.
TH 13 May - Course Recap and Final Exam Preparation