|Faith, Reason and Medieval Society
Block 5, 2013-14
Palmer 223E, 719.389.6527, firstname.lastname@example.org
"Faith, Reason and Medieval Society" will consider European intellectual and religious life in their broad cultural context, from their foundations in the work of the Latin Fathers of Christianity to principal trends of the thirteenth century. Central readings will be among major monuments of medieval thought as well as lesser-known evidence for ordinary people's religious lives. These primary texts will be supported by a new survey of the thought and sprituality of the High Middle Ages and one important recent work on the most famous of medieval religious heroes, Fracis of Assisi. Discussion sessions will assume some rudimentary understanding of the shape of the western past and of Christian thought. Students unfamiliar with the Christian tradition are advised to read at least the Gospel of Mark before they undertake the assignments described below; those who have made no prior study of the European Middle Ages may borrow a Western Civilization textbook from the instructor and read its introduction to medieval civilization in order to engage effectively with the common materials..
This year’s version of HY 312 will center on the long twlefth century, that is the period from the moastic revival of the last years of the twelfth through the career of THomas Aquinas, who died in 1274. Common readings and discussions will emphasize the ways in which the Church, broadly speaking, and its constituent institutions both managed and responded to impulses of reform and revival. Students will be encouraged, in their independent research, to develop knowledge of the primary materials and critical perspectives on historical figures or religious movements outside of the course's direct attention. Papers will be developed in careful cooperation with the instructor.
The following works or collections, required for the entire class, are available in the College Bookstore. Several of these texts are in print in variety of translations. Students are nonetheless urged to use those selected for class, so that discussion may easily refer to selected passages.
John D. Cotts, Europe’s Long Twelfth Century: Order, Anxiety, and Adaptation, 1095-1229 (Palgrave Macmillan 2012). ISBN-10: 0230237851
Anselm of Canterbury, The Major Works, trans. Brian Davies (Oxford 2008). ISBN-10: 019954008X
Guibert of Nogent, Monodies and on the Relics of Saints: The Autobiography and a Manifesto of a French Monk from the Time of the Crusades (Penguin 2011). ISBN-10: 0143106309
Bernard of Clairvaux, Steps of Humliity and Pride, trans. Basil Pennigton (Cistercian Publications 1989). ISBN-10: 087907115X
Life of Christina of Markyate, trans. Samuel Fanous (Oxford 2010). ISBN-10 0199556059
Thomas Aquinas, On Law, Morality, and Politics, trans. Richard J. Regan, 2nd ed. (Hackett 2003). ISBN-10: 0872206637
Francis and Clare of Assisi, Francis and Clare: The Complete Works, trans. Regis Armstrong and Ignatius Brady (Paulist 1986). ISBN-10: 0809124467
André Vauchez, Francis of Assisi: The Life and Afterlife of a Medieval Saint (Yale 2013). ISBN-10: 030019837X
The following further readings are available on this course's PROWL site:
Gospel according to Mark, in The Four Gospels and the Revelation, trans. Richmond Lattimore (New York: Scribner, 1962).
Augustine of Hippo, On the Happy Life, in Augustine of Hippo: Selected Writings, trans. Mary T. Clark (New York: Paulist Press, 1984), 165-193.
Benedict of Nursia, Rule of St. Benedict, trans. Timothy Fry (Collegeville, MN: LIturgical Press, 1982).
The following films will be subjects of critical discussion:
Philip Groning (dir.), Into Great Silence (2005)
Ingmar Bergman (dir.), Seventh Seal (1957)
Carl Dreyer (dir.), Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)
Students will be responsible for careful reading and thoughtful consideration, demonstrated in classroom discussion, of all assigned texts. Each will also be required to complete
One third of the final grade will depend on class participation, one third on the research essay, and a final third on the two elements of the final considered together. All students will be expected to finish assigned readings before class meetings on the day for which they are listed. Readings for which no page numbers are listed are to be read in their entirety. No written assignments will be accepted late without prior excuse. Papers will offer full bibliographical references in footnotes according to The Chicago Manual of Stytle. All written work will conform to high standards of academic integrity and signed with the College's Honor Pledge.
SCHEDULE OF CLASS MEETINGS AND ASSIGNMENTS
Discussion titles are indicated below in bold face, written assignments and special scheduling or locations in upper case. The class will meet in Palmer 233 at 9:30 AM, unless otherwise noted, except for the first day of the block, when class will be at 9 AM for an introduction to the material and discussion of the syllabus.
Mon. Intellectual history, cultural history, medieval history
INTRODUCTION 9 AM
Tues. Fisherman, orators and Latin Fathers
Weds. The background to medieval thought
Thurs. The monastic context
CLASS BREAKFAST DISCUSSION 8:30am
Benedict, Cotts 107-136
FILM: Into Great Silence
Fri. Reasoning about God
Anselm 82-122 (individual assigments in others of Anselm's works)
Mon. Confession in the twelfth century
Tues. A medieval reformation
Weds. Materliality and sprituality
Life of Christina
Thurs. AM--INDIVIDUAL PAPER CONFERENCES
Fri. Books and ways of being/thinking
GROUP PRESENTATIONS ON CHRISTINA, ST. ALBANS,
AND THE ST. ALBANS PSALTER
Mon. Toward understanding Thomas
Thomas 1-39, Cotts 151-182
Tues. Universal and human order
Thomas 40-68, 164-172, 190-196
Weds. RESEARCH PROSPECTUS DUE IN CLASS FOR EXCHANGE
Cotts 136-150, 183-201
FILM: Seventh Seal
Thurs. PAPER WORKSHOP
1 pm FILM: Passion of Joan of Arc
Fri. The people's saints
Francis and Clare 25-48, 189-232
Mon. Revisiting Francis
Vauchez 3-184, 312-323
Tues. REVIEW BREAKFAST
15-PAGE PAPERS DUE IN CLASS
Weds. SMALL-GROUP EXAMS
Click here for the ORB, a good collection of primary materials on medieval civilization, and here for the Fordham Medieval History Sourcebook, another useful internet library.