The Italian Renaissance
Fall Semester 2003
113 Classic Hall
M W F: 7:30-8:00, T 10-11
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Course Description and Objectives
The Renaissance is a discussion-oriented seminar focusing on the culture of Italy from roughly 1350 to 1550.
The course is designed to introduce students of the liberal arts to the sources and historiography of the Italian Renaissance.
Considerable emphasis is placed on alternative interpretations of the relationship between power and imagination, between economic and political structures and the world of ideas and art.
There are no prerequisites to the course, but students are expected to be able to analyze and interpret primary documents thoughtfully, evaluate alternative interpretations of historiographical problems critically, and write substantive, interpretive research papers.
1. Donald Wilcox, In Search of God and Self
2. Lauro Martines, Power and Imagination
3. Gene Brucker, Giovanni and Lusanna
4. Evelyn Welch, Art in Renaissance Italy 1350-1500
5. Baldassare Castiglione, The Book of the Courtier
6. Niccolo Machiavelli, The Portable Machiavelli
7. Readings from the Internet (links to which can be found in the schedule below)
Final grades will be based on an evaluation of the following.
1. Two mid-term exams (15% each) and a final exam (20%)
Exams will consist of essay questions. Each of the three exams will cover roughly one-third of the course; the third exam will also include a comprehensive section.
2. A research paper submitted in two drafts (15% for the first draft and 25% for the second)
The research paper can be on any topic in Italian Renaissance history. Papers are to be analytical and interpretive; they should present a thesis and develop an argument. You are encouraged to use primary sources, and you are expected to examine the historiographical context of your topic. First drafts may be limited to sources available in the Duggan Library, but you are expected to use Interlibrary Loan to obtain additional sources for the final draft. You should include with your first draft a bibliography based on a universal search for sources.
3. Class participation (10%)
The grade of each draft will be based on the quality of the thesis and argument, the quality of the evidence and logic, and the quality of the writing. You should consult with me about your paper at least a week before each draft is due.
The Electronic Database page on the History Web Site may prove helpful in bibliographical searches. The Encyclopedia of the Renaissance (Duggan reference CB361 .E52 1999) is a good recent reference work. Links to internet sources can be found on the Italian Renaissance page of the History Department's Internet Archive of Texts and Documents.
The success of this class, as a small seminar, depends upon the quality of the dialogue in class. It is expected that you will attend every class and that you will be fully prepared to discuss the material assigned for that day. Class participation grades will reflect your attendance record, the frequency of your contributions to class discussions, and the quality of your questions, observations, and conclusions.
Sept. 3: Wilcox, General Introduction, Chs. 1 and 2
Sept. 5: Martines, Preface, Chs. 1 and 2
Sept. 8: Martines, Chs. 3 and 4
Sept. 10: Martines, Chs. 5 and 6
Sept. 12: Martines, Chs. 7 and 9
Sept. 15: Martines, Chs. 8 and 10
|Humanism and Neoplatonism|
Sept. 17; Wilcox, Chs. 3 and 4
Sept. 19: Wilcox, Ch. 5; Petrarch
Sept. 22: Wilcox, pp. 90-98; Vergerius
Sept. 24: Wilcox, pp. 98-105, 123-5, 139-40; Valla
Sept. 26: Wilcox, Ch 7; Pico
Sept. 29: Martines, Ch. 11
Oct. 1: Exam 1
Oct. 3: Martines, Ch. 12; Castiglione, 31-57
Oct. 6: Castiglione, 57-68, 90-104, 124-134, 193-203
Oct. 8: Castiglione, 207-26, 284-309
Oct. 10: Castiglione, 322-345
|Early Renaissance Art, Architecture, and Music|
Oct. 13: Welch, Ch.1
Oct. 15: Welch, Chs. 2 and 3
Oct. 17: Welch, Ch. 4
Oct. 22: Welch, Chs. 5 and 6; Painting
Oct. 24: Welch, Chs. 7 and 8
Oct. 27: Welch, Ch. 9; Music
Oct. 29: Martines, Ch. 13
Oct. 31: Brucker, Preface, Chs. 1-3; First Draft Due
Nov. 3: Brucker, Chs 4 and 5 and Epilogue
Nov. 5: Exam 2
Nov. 7: Wilcox, Ch. 9; Martines, Ch. 14; Machiavelli, 77-92
Nov. 10: Machiavelli, 92-146
Nov. 12: Machiavelli, 146-166; Wilcox, Ch. 10
Nov. 14: Machiavelli, 167-188, 203-213, 224-228,
Nov. 17: Machiavelli, 281-301, 351-356, 381-383
Nov. 19: Machiavelli, 419-429
Nov. 21: Machiavelli, 430-479
Nov. 24: Wilcox, Ch. 11; Martines, Ch 15
Dec. 1: Art
Dec. 3: Martines, Ch. 16
Dec. 5: Review for the Final Exam
Dec. 10 2-5 PM: Final Exam
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