MARS Fall 2012 Courses


ART 380;  Renaissance Art (M 11:00 a.m., W 9:30 a.m.)

Prof. Jan Mainzer

This course will study the art of the Renaissance in the Lowlands and Italy. Beginning with an examination of the sources of the Renaissance in the late medieval period, the course will explore the technical innovations, formal characteristics, and iconography characterizing art from Giotto and Claus Sluter to Hugo VanderGoes and Raphael. Some of the major artists include Masaccio, Donatello, and Jan van Eyck. This course will examine in depth the intellectual sources and context of the Renaissance.


ENG 320: English Drama I (T/F 2:00 p.m.)

Prof. Richard Grinnell

A survey of drama in England, excluding Shakespeare, from its origins in the liturgy of the Medieval Church, through the English Renaissance, up to the closing of the theatres under the Puritans in 1642. Class discussions will focus not only on drama as literature but also on social history as it relates to theatre history. Works studied will represent such playwrights as Kyd, Marlowe, Jonson, and Webster.

ENG 330: Medieval Literature (T/F 9:30 a.m.)

Prof. Moira Fitzgibbons

A study of literature written in the British Isles from the earliest records through the Old- and Middle-English periods up to the Renaissance, exploring the influences of history, politics, national cultures, literary traditions, and social classes upon the development of that literature. Offered in alternate years.


HIST 249: Early Modern Europe (W 2:00 p.m., F 3:30 p.m.)

Prof. Janine Larmon Peterson

The early modern era is placed between the waning of the Middle Ages and the rise of the modern industrial world. This course focuses on how Europe expanded its borders and knowledge of the world and at the same time underwent a series of political, religious, and intellectual revolutions. Attention will be paid to the question of what makes early modern Europe unique, rather than merely a time of transition.


SPAN 420: Medieval Spanish Literature (M 6:30 p.m.)

Prof. Irma Casey

From the earliest works of Spanish literature up to and including the literature of the Renaissance period.


REST 203: Christianity (M 6:30 p.m.)

Prof. John Knight

A contemporary approach to the study of Christian principles and history. Special areas of interest include the person of Jesus, the development of Christian doctrines, and the interrelationships among various Christian denominations.

PHIL 322: 17th & 18th Century Philosophy

Prof. James G. Snyder (T/F 9:30 a.m.)

Modern philosophy is generally thought to have started with Francis Bacon in England and Rene Descartes in France. Both philosophers were convinced that their philosophies departed in profound ways from both Medieval and Renaissance thought. This course will deal with some of the central metaphysical and epistemological theories of several modern philosophers. We will read selections from Bacon, Descartes, Locke, Leibniz, Berkeley and Hume. We will also read selections from Plato, Aristotle, Aquinas, Ficino and Pomponazzi.