Graduate Courses

2017 Course Offerings

FALL 2017

The Qur'an in Europe, 3 pts, GU4022
 
THE QUR'AN IN EUROPE
Is the Qur’an translatable? Was the Qur’an translated? Are non Arabic-speaking Muslims allowed to translate the Qur’an? And what about non-Muslims? Did Muslims and non-Muslims collaborate in translating the text of the Qur’an into Latin and European vernaculars? This course focuses on the long history of the diffusion of the Qur’an, the Scripture of the Muslims, and one of the most important texts in the history of humanity. We will focus on reading and translation practices of the Qur’an in Europe and the Mediterranean, from the Middle Ages to the contemporary world. We will explore how European Muslims, such as Iberian moriscos, European Jews, as well as Orthodox, Protestants and Catholics read, copied, collected, translated and printed the Qur’an. We will also explore why the Qur’an was confuted, forbidden, burned and even eaten, drunk and worn along eight centuries of the history of Europe. This long excursus, based on a close reading of the Qur’an and on the discussion of the major themes this close reading proposes, will help us to understand the role of Islam and its revelation in the formation of European societies and cultures.  
 
Section Number
001
Call Number
63007
Day, Time & Location
TR 10:10am-11:25am
233 Seeley W. Mudd Building
Instructor
Pier Mattia Tommasino
 
FALL 2017
Italian Renaissance Literature and Culture, 3 pts, GU4043
 
ITALIAN RENAISSANCE LIT & CULTURE
This course on Italian Renaissance literature and culture will pay special attention to the crossing of boundaries, whether socio-cultural, religious, linguistic, gendered, ethnic, or strictly geographical, in a range of fourteenth- to early seventeenth-century texts in a variety of genres, including travelogue, chivalric epic poetry, comedy, dialogues, and the novella, as well as political, philosophical, and scientific writing. Authors covered include Marco Polo, Leonardo Bruni, Pico della Mirandola, Boiardo, Ariosto, Machiavelli Castiglione, Beolco, Giraldi Cinzio, Tasso, Moderata Fonte, Tarabotti, and Galileo.  In English.
 
Section Number
001
Call Number
88007
Day, Time & Location
W 4:10pm-6:00pm
511 Hamilton Hall
Instructor
Jo Ann Cavallo
 
FALL 2017
The Making of Italy: The Risorgimento in Global Context, 3 pts, GU4185
 
MAKING OF ITALY: THE RISORGIMENTO
Prerequisites: Knowledge of Italian is necessary for this course.
This course will examine the history of the Italian Risorgimento by following the major historiographical trends of the recent decades. First, it will approach the Risorgimento through the prism of cultural and intellectual history by investigating a series of topics, such as the discursive  patterns of the ‘Risorgimento canon’, the gendered tropes of nationalism, the creation of a new public sphere through operas, festivals and  plebiscites, the connection of nationalism with religion, and the relation of empire to nation and liberalism. Second, it will look at the  Risorgimento through the eyes of local and regional history by examining local patriotisms, revolutions and civil wars and the division between North and South. Finally, it will offer a new topography of Italian history by placing the Risorgimento in its Mediterranean and global context and by exploring its international aspects: the global icons that it produced (i.e. Garibaldi, Mazzini); the networks of exiles in other Mediterranean and European countries; the war volunteers; and the connection of Italian patriots with the wave of liberalism and revolution that swept the globe from India to Latin America.
 
Section Number
001
Call Number
16846
Day, Time & Location
T 6:10pm-8:00pm
511 Hamilton Hall
Instructor
Konstantia Zanou
 
FALL 2017
Research in Later Italian Literature and Culture, From 18th Century To Modern and Contemporary, 3 pts, GR9103
 
RESEARCH-MODERN & CONTEMP LIT
Guided reading and research on a topic or in a field chosen by the student in consultation with a member of the faculty.
Section Number
001
Call Number
15090