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Arabic
ARAB 3330Arabic of the Quran and Hadith I (3.00)
Studies the language of the Quran and its exegesis, and the Hadith. Prerequisite: ARAB 2020 or higher, or permission of instructor.
Course was offered Fall 2011, Fall 2010
History of Art and Architecture
ARAH 5585Topics in the Art of East, South, and Southeast Asia (3.00)
Examines focused topics in the Art of East, South, and Southeast Asia.
ARAH 9510Seminar in Medieval Architecture (3.00)
Investigates problems in medieval architecture
Course was offered Spring 2016, Spring 2014, Spring 2013
Architectural History
ARH 3100History of Medieval Architecture (3.00)
Examines the architecture of Medieval Western Europe, emphasizing the period from 1000-1400. Includes the iconography, function, structure and style of buildings, and the use of contemporary texts.
ARH 3101Early Medieval Architecture (3.00)
The architecture of Western Europe from c. 800-1150.
ARH 3102Later Medieval Architecture (3.00)
The architecture of Western Europe from c. 1140-1500.
ARH 3103Reconstructing the Medieval Haj (3.00)
Our course will reconstruct the journey of Ibn Jubayr, a twelfth century Spanish Muslim who recorded his haj from Spain to Mecca. Using his lively travel diary, we will analyze the visual culture and built environment of the medieval Mediterranean and together recreate key sites from his journey with easy to use digital tools such as Neatline.
Course was offered Spring 2014, Spring 2013
ARH 3201Italian Renaissance Architecture (3.00)
This course aims to introduce the principal architects, monuments, and themes of fifteenth- and sixteenth-century Italian architecture. The lectures will be varied in approach and scope, some considering broad issues, others focusing on particular architects, buildings, or texts. Special topics will include architectural theory, patronage, villas, gardens, architectural drawing, and urban design.
ARH 3202Renaissance Architecture 16th Century (3.00)
Developments in classicism in Italy between 1500 and 1600.
ARH 3205Rome, Istanbul, Venice (3.00)
This course will consider architecture, urbanism and landscape in three cities with multilayered histories: Rome, Venice, and Istanbul. While conditioned by distinct historical and topographic circumstances, each city negotiated complex and varied local traditions: Roman and Medieval in Rome; Byzantine and Gothic in Venice; and Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman in Istanbul.
ARH 7103Adv. Reconstructing the Medieval Haj (3.00)
Our course will reconstruct the journey of Ibn Jubayr, a twelfth century Spanish Muslim who recorded his haj from Spain to Mecca. Using his lively travel diary, we will analyze the visual culture and built environment of the medieval Mediterranean and together recreate key sites from his journey with easy to use digital tools such as Neatline.
Course was offered Spring 2014, Spring 2013
ARH 9510Seminar in Medieval Architecture (1.00 - 3.00)
Special research topics pursued in a seminar.
Course was offered Spring 2014, Spring 2013, Fall 2010
History of Art
ARTH 1051History of Art I (4.00)
A survey of the great monuments of art and architecture from their beginnings in caves through the arts of Egypt, Mesopotamia, Greece and Rome, Byzantium, the Islamic world, and medieval western Europe. The course attempts to make art accessible to students with no background in the subject, and it explains the ways in which painting, sculpture, and architecture are related to mythology, religion, politics, literature, and daily life. The course serves as a visual introduction to the history of the West.
ARTH 2151Early Christian and Byzantine Art (3.00 - 4.00)
Studies the art of the early Church in East and West and its subsequent development in the East under the aegis of Byzantium. Includes the influence of theological, liturgical and political factors on the artistic expression of Eastern Christian spirituality.
Course was offered Fall 2016, Fall 2015, Fall 2014
ARTH 2152Medieval Art in Western Europe (3.00 - 4.00)
Studies the arts in Western Europe from the Hiberno-Saxon period up to, and including, the age of the great Gothic cathedrals.
ARTH 2153Romanesque and Gothic Art (3.00 - 4.00)
From the Romanesque churches along the Pilgrimage Routes to the new Gothic architecture at St. Denis outside Paris and on to late medieval artistic production in Prague, this course examines profound and visually arresting expressions of medieval piety, devotion, and power made by artists from roughly 1000-1500. Throughout our investigations, particular attention will be paid to the contributions of important medieval women.
ARTH 2154Early Medieval Art (3.00 - 4.00)
This course examines art created in the era from 300 to 1100, when early medieval artists, motivated by devotion to their faiths and scientific beliefs, crafted beautiful and refined visual expressions of their values. These crafted confessions in stone, paint, parchment, and metal provide the living historical records of a vibrant period, during which medieval artists asserted their various cultural identities.
Course was offered Fall 2014, Spring 2013, Spring 2011
ARTH 2251Italian Renaissance Art (3.00)
Studies painting, architecture, and sculpture in Italy from the close of the Middle Ages through the sixteenth century. Focuses on the work of major artists such as Giotto, Donatello, Botticelli, Leonardo, and Michelangelo. Detailed discussion of the social, political, and cultural background of the arts.
ARTH 2252High Renaissance and Mannerist Art (3.00 - 4.00)
Offered
Spring 2017
Studies the painting, architecture, and sculpture or the sixteenth century, emphasizing the works of major artists, such as Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael, Giorgione, and Titian. Detailed discussion of the social, political, and cultural background of the arts.
ARTH 2961Arts of the Islamic World (3.00 - 4.00)
Offered
Spring 2017
The class is an overview of art made in the service of Islam in the Central Islamic Lands, Egypt, North Africa, Spain, Turkey, Iran, Central Asia, and South and Southeast Asia.
Course was offered Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
ARTH 3151Art and Science in the Middle Ages (3.00 - 4.00)
During the medieval period, power and knowledge required the endorsement of clerics. Alongside secular courtiers they also cultivated creative expressions of their erudition, revealing the medieval interpenetration of art, science and religion. The artworks surveyed in this course provide lasting records of critically creative confrontations between the scientific and spiritual traditions linked to medieval Christianity, Islam, and Judaism.
Course was offered Spring 2014
ARTH 3251Gender and Art in Renaissance Italy (3.00 - 4.00)
Examines how notions of gender shaped the production, patronage, and fruition of the visual arts in Italy between 1350 and 1600. Prerequisite: A previous course in art history or gender studies.
ARTH 3253Renaissance Art and Literature (3.00)
Examines the interrelations between literature and the visual arts in Italy from 1300 to 1600. The writings of Dante, Petrarch, and Boccaccio and their followers are analyzed in relation to the painting, sculpture, and architecture of Giotto, Brunelleschi, Botticelli, Raphael, and Michelangelo, among others.
ARTH 3254Leonardo da Vinci (3.00)
An analysis of Leonardo da Vinci's paintings, drawings, and notes, giving special attention to his writings and drawings on human anatomy, the theory of light and shade, color theory, and pictorial composition. His work is considered in relation to the works of fellow artists such as Bramante, Raphael, and Michelangelo as well as within the context of Renaissance investigation of the natural world. Prerequisite: One course in the humanities.
Course was offered Fall 2012, Spring 2012, Fall 2011
ARTH 3255Renaissance Art on Site (3.00)
Firsthand, direct knowledge of Renaissance art and architecture through an intensive program of on-site visits in Florence and Rome. The course aims to provide a deeper understanding of the specificity of images and sites; that is, their materials, texture, scale, size, proportions, colors, and volumes. It also aims to instill a full sense of the importance of the original location for the understanding and interpretation of Renaissance art. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
Classics
CLAS 3140Age of Augustine (3.00)
Studies cultural developments in the fourth and fifth centuries, centering on St. Augustine and the literature of the period. Readings from such works as Augustine's Confessions and City of God, Jerome's letters, Cassian's Conversations, Sulpicius Severus' biography of St. Martin, and the poetry of Claudian and Prudentius. For more details on this class, please visit the department website at http://www.virginia.edu/classics/.
English-Language Study
ENLS 3030History of the English Language (3.00)
Studies the development of English word forms and vocabulary from Anglo-Saxon to present-day English. For more details on this class, please visit the department website at http://www.engl.virginia.edu/courses.
English-Medieval Literature
ENMD 3110Medieval European Literature in Translation (3.00)
Surveys English, French, German, Italian, Irish, Icelandic, and Spanish literature of the Middle Ages. For more details on this class, please visit the department website at http://www.engl.virginia.edu/courses.
ENMD 3130Old Icelandic Literature in Translation (3.00)
A survey of the major works written in Iceland from around 1100 to the end of the Middle Ages. Works studied include several of the family and legendary sagas and selections from the Poetic Edda and the Edda of Snorri Sturluson. All readings are in translation.
Course was offered Fall 2016, Fall 2015, Fall 2014, Fall 2012
ENMD 3250Chaucer I (3.00)
Offered
Spring 2017
Studies selected Canterbury Tales and other works, read in the original. For more details on this class, please visit the department website at http://www.engl.virginia.edu/courses.
ENMD 3260Chaucer II (3.00)
Studies Troilus and Criseyde and other works, read in the original. For more details on this class, please visit the department website at http://www.engl.virginia.edu/courses.
ENMD 3559New Course in Medieval Literature (1.00 - 4.00)
This course provides the opportunity to offer a new course in the subject of Medieval Literature. For more details on this class, please visit the department website at http://www.engl.virginia.edu/courses.
ENMD 4500Advanced Studies in Medieval Literature I (3.00)
Offered
Spring 2017
Limited enrollment. For more details on this class, please visit the department website at http://www.engl.virginia.edu/courses.
ENMD 4559New Course in Medieval Literature (1.00 - 4.00)
This course provides the opportunity to offer a new course in the subject of Medieval Literature. For more details on this class, please visit the department website at http://www.engl.virginia.edu/courses.
ENMD 5010Introduction to Old English (3.00)
Studies the language and literature of Anglo-Saxon England. For more details on this class, please visit the department website at http://www.engl.virginia.edu/courses.
ENMD 8559New Course in Medieval Literature (1.00 - 4.00)
This course provides the opportunity to offer a new course in the subject of Medieval Literature. For more details on this class, please visit the department website at http://www.engl.virginia.edu/courses.
English-Renaissance Literature
ENRN 3110Literature of the Renaissance (3.00)
Surveys sixteenth-century English prose, poetry and drama. For more details on this class, please visit the department website at http://www.engl.virginia.edu/courses.
Course was offered Fall 2016, Spring 2014, Fall 2011
ENRN 3400Drama in English from its Beginnings to 1642 (3.00)
Surveys medieval and Renaissance drama. For more details on this class, please visit the department website at http://www.engl.virginia.edu/courses.
Course was offered Fall 2012, Spring 2011
ENRN 3559New Course in Renaissance Literature (1.00 - 4.00)
This course provides the opportunity to offer a new course in the subject of Renaissance Literature. For more details on this class, please visit the department website at http://www.engl.virginia.edu/courses.
Course was offered January 2012, Spring 2011
ENRN 4530Seminar in Medieval and Renaissance Studies (3.00)
Interdisciplinary seminar whose topics vary from year to year. For more information on this class, please visit the department website at http://www.engl.virginia.edu/courses.
French
FREN 3041The French-Speaking World I: Origins (3.00)
Survey of writing in French from the beginnings (880) to 1600. Explores various movements and trends in early French literary and cultural history; readings in modern French. Prerequisite: FREN 3032.
FREN 4237The Culture of Renaissance Lyon (3.00)
A study of the cultural history of the city of Lyon, France, in the sixteenth century. Prerequisite: FREN 3032.
FREN 4510Advanced Topics in Medieval Literature (3.00)
Topics may vary and include individual identity, love, war, humor, and their expression through literary techniques. Texts are read in modern French translation. May be repeated for credit with different topics. Prerequisite: FREN 3032 and at least one FREN course numbered 3041 to 3043 (or instructor permission).
Course was offered Spring 2014, Spring 2011, Spring 2010
FREN 4520Advanced Topics in Renaissance Literature (3.00)
Examines major works of sixteenth-century French literature situated in the larger historical and cultural context of the Continental Renaissance. Topics vary and may include, for example, humanism and reform, women writers, and urban culture. May be repeated for credit with different topics. Prerequisite: FREN 3032 and at least one FREN course numbered 3041 to 3043 (or instructor permission).
FREN 5011Old French (1.00)
Basic introduction to reading Old French, with consideration of its main dialects (Île-de-France, Picard, Anglo-Norman) and paleographical issues. May be taken in conjunction with FREN 5100 or independently. Taught in English.  Prerequisite:  Reading knowledge of modern French.
FREN 5100Medieval Literature in Modern French I (3.00)
Introduces literary forms, habits of style and thought, and conditions of composition from the late eleventh century to the late thirteenth. Chanson de Roland, Chrétien de Troyes, Marie de France, lyric poetry, etc.
Course was offered Fall 2015, Fall 2014, Fall 2011
FREN 5510Topics in Medieval Literature (3.00)
Topics may include genres (romance, poetry, hagiography, chanson de geste, allegory), themes (love, war, nature), single authors (Chrétien de Troyes, Machaut) and cultural and literary issues (gender, religion, authorship, rewritings).
Course was offered Fall 2016, Fall 2013, Fall 2012, Fall 2010
French in Translation
FRTR 2510Topics in Medieval Literature (3.00)
An introduction to the culture of the High Middle Ages in France. Topics vary and may include love literature, family relations, war, and science and religion. May be repeated for credit for different topics.
Course was offered Spring 2013
History-East Asian History
HIEA 2081Korea: Antiquity through the 12th Century (3.00)
The development of Korean culture from the Three Kingdoms Period through the Silla (675-918) and Early Koryo (936-1200) dynasties.
Course was offered Spring 2011
HIEA 3111China to the Tenth Century (3.00)
Offered
Spring 2017
Surveys the social, political and economic organization of traditional Chinese society, traditional Chinese foreign policy, and major literary, artistic, and intellectual movements.
History-European History
HIEU 2061The Birth of Europe (3.00)
Studies ways of life and thought in the formation of Western Europe from the 4th century a.d. to the 15th. Includes a survey of the development of society and culture in town and countryside, the growth of economic, political, and religious institutions, and the impact of Muslim and Byzantine civilizations.
HIEU 2101Jewish History I: The Ancient and Medieval Experience (3.00)
Offered
Spring 2017
This course surveys the pre-modern Jewish historical experience from antiquity through the sixteenth century.
HIEU 2111History of England to 1688 (3.00)
Studies England and the British Isles from earliest times to the accession of William III.
Course was offered Fall 2014, Fall 2013, Fall 2010
HIEU 3101Early Medieval Civilization (3.00)
Studies early medieval civilization from late antiquity to the 11th century. Emphasizes selected themes in cultural history.
HIEU 3111Later Medieval Civilization (3.00)
Discusses intellectual and cultural history, political and social theories, and religious movements from the 11th to the 16th centuries.
HIEU 3121Medieval Society: Ways of Life and Thought in Western Europe (3.00)
An introduction to the social and intellectual history from the tenth century to the sixteenth.
Course was offered Fall 2013, Fall 2011
HIEU 3131The World of Charlemagne (3.00)
Explores the Byzantine, Muslim, and European worlds in the 8th and 9th centuries. Compares political, institutional, and social history, and the Catholic, Orthodox, and Islamic faiths.
Course was offered Spring 2015, Spring 2014
HIEU 3141Anglo-Saxon England (3.00)
Offered
Spring 2017
Surveys England and its Celtic neighbors in Wales, Scotland, and Ireland from the departure of the Romans in the early 5th century to the Scandinavian conquest in 1016. Emphasizes the human diversity and cultural and institutional creativity of the Anglo-Saxons.
HIEU 3171Eastern Christianity (3.00)
Surveys the history of Christianity in the Byzantine world and the Middle East from late antiquity (age of emperor Justinian) until the fall of Constantinople. Emphasizes developments in theology, spirituality and art, and the relation of Christianity to Islam. Considers Eastern Christianity in modern times.
HIEU 3181Medieval Christianity (3.00)
Detailed study of the development of Christianity in the Middle Ages and of how it reflected upon itself in terms of theology, piety, and politics. Cross-listed as RELC 3181.
Course was offered Spring 2015
HIEU 3211Medieval and Renaissance Italy (3.00)
Surveys the development of the Italian city-state between 1050 and 1550, emphasizing the social and political context of Italian culture.
Course was offered Fall 2011, Fall 2010
HIEU 3215Dante's Italy (3.00)
This course investigates Italy's history and culture at the end of the Middle Ages through the life and writings of Dante Alighieri, Italy's greatest author of the medieval and early modern period. Through lectures and discussions on Dante's most important writings, students will be introduced to the culture of Italian city-states as well as to the most important literary and philosophical ideas of the late Middle Ages.
Course was offered Spring 2013, Spring 2012, Spring 2011
HIEU 3231Reformation Europe (3.00)
Surveys the development of religious reform movements in continental Europe from c. 1450 to c. 1650 and their impact on politics, social life, science, and conceptions of the self. Cross-listed as RELC 3231.
HIEU 4511Colloquium in Pre-1700 European History (4.00)
The major colloquium is a small class (not more than 15 students) intended primarily but not exclusively for history majors who have completed two or more courses relevant to the topic of the colloquium. Colloquia are most frequently offered in areas of history where access to source materials or linguistic demands make seminars especially difficult. Students in colloquia prepare about 25 pages of written work. Some restrictions and prerequisites apply to enrollment. See a history advisor or the director of undergraduate studies.
Course was offered Spring 2016, Fall 2015, Fall 2011
HIEU 5559New Course in European History (1.00 - 4.00)
This course provides the opportunity to offer a new topic in the subject area of European History.
Course was offered Fall 2016, Fall 2015, Fall 2014, Fall 2013
History-Middle Eastern History
HIME 2001History of the Middle East and North Africa, C 500-1500 (4.00)
Explores the history of the Middle East and North Africa from late antiquity to the rise to superpower status of the Ottoman Empire in the 16th century. Topics include the formation of Islam and the first Arab-Islamic conquests; the fragmentation of the empire of the caliphate; the historical development of Islamic social, legal, and political institutions; science and philosophy; and the impact of invaders (Turks, Crusaders, and Mongols).
Course was offered Fall 2016, Fall 2015, Fall 2014, Fall 2013
HIME 3192From Nomads to Sultans: the Ottoman Empire, 1300-1700 (3.00)
Offered
Spring 2017
A survey of the history of the Ottoman Empire from its obscure origins around 1300 to 1700, this course explores the political, military, social, and cultural history of this massive, multi-confessional, multi-ethnic, inter-continental empire which, at its height, encompassed Central and Southeastern Europe, the Caucasus, the Middle East, and North Africa.
Hindi
HIND 3230Readings in Hindi (3.00)
Advanced readings in modern standard Hindi and possibly in medieval Hindi, depending on the interests of the students. Prerequisite: HIND 3020/5020 or equivalent, or instructor permission.
HIND 3240Readings in Hindi (3.00)
Advanced readings in modern standard Hindi and possibly in medieval Hindi, depending on the interests of the students. Prerequisite: HIND 3020/5020 or equivalent, or instructor permission.
History-South Asian History
HISA 2001History and Civilization of Classical India (3.00)
Studies the major elements of South Asian civilization, from the Stone Age to 1200, including the Indus Valley, Vedic literatures, Buddhism, Jainism, Epic traditions, the caste system, Mauryan and Guptan Empires, and devotional Hinduism.
Course was offered Fall 2015, Fall 2013, Fall 2011
HISA 2002History and Civilization of Medieval India (3.00)
Studies the social, political, economic and cultural history of South Asia from 1200 to 1800, from the Turkic invasions through the major Islamic dynasties, especially the Mughal Empire, to the establishment of English hegemony in the maritime provinces.
Italian
ITAL 3110Medieval and Renaissance Masterpieces (3.00)
Introduction to relevant Italian medieval and renaissance literary works. Prerequisites: ITAL 2020
ITAL 3760Italian Travel Literature (3.00)
Study of major Italian travel writers from medieval to modern times, within a discussion of the definition and history of the literary genre, and the critical perspectives relating to it. In Italian. Prerequisites: Italian language course 1010 through 2020, or demonstrated Italian language proficiency per consent of instructor.
Course was offered Fall 2010
ITAL 4100Medioevo (Italian Culture and Literature in the Middle Ages) (3.00)
Medioevo (Italian Culture and Literature in the Middle Ages)
ITAL 4350Representations of Women in Italian Literature (3.00)
Images of women as presented in major Italian literary works from the Medieval period to the 20th century. Areas in which gender issues will be examined include authorship, genre, feminist literary criticism, and representation theory. Prerequisite: ITAL 2020 or its equivalent or instructor approval
Course was offered Fall 2012
ITAL 7425Quattro-Cinquecento (3.00)
A thorough survey of Humanistic culture and literature; Petrarchism; Machiavelli and surroundings; and the birth of epic (Ariosto and Tasso).
Course was offered Spring 2014, Fall 2010
Italian in Translation
ITTR 2260Dante in Translation (3.00)
Close reading of Dante's masterpiece, The Inferno. Lectures focus on Dante's social, political, and cultural world. Incorporates The World of Dante: A Hypermedia Archive for the Study of the Inferno, and a pedagogical and research website (www.iath.virginia/dante), that offers a wide range of visual material related to The Inferno.
Course was offered Fall 2015, Fall 2014
ITTR 3250Italian Love Poetry in the Middle Ages and Renaissance (3.00)
This course treats the production of major poets and writers of Italian Medieval and Renaissance times (Dante, Petrarca, Ariosto, and Tasso) and focuses on the theme of love. It illustrates how central the topic of love was to Italian poetry in the early modern age, its development from classical love verse, and the immense influence of Italian love poetry in the diffusion of Italian culture abroad. Taught in English.
Course was offered Spring 2010
ITTR 3770The Culture of Italian Comedy (3.00)
Treats Italian comedy from historic, generic, and theoretical viewpoints; divided into 4 units: 1) medieval comic-realist verse (poetry and song), 2) Renaissance comic theater, including plays by Machiavelli, Ariosto and the Sienese Intronati Academy, 3) the commedia all'italiana film, focusing on cinema by Germi and Monicelli, and 4) modern comic performances by Italians. Special units on Tuscan- and Neapolitan-style humor. Taught in English.
Course was offered Fall 2016, Fall 2011
Japanese in Translation
JPTR 3010Survey of Traditional Japanese Literature (3.00)
This course provides an introduction to Japanese literature from earliest times through to the nineteenth century. We will read selections from representative texts and genres, including myth, poetry, prose fiction, memoir literature, drama, and works of criticism. No knowledge of Japanese culture or language is required.
JPTR 3290Feminine Fictions in Japanese Court Literature (3.00)
Offered
Spring 2017
This seminar will take up the world's earliest instance of literature written extensively by, for, and about women, including such famous works as the Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon and Sarashina Diary, among others. The focus will be on reading gender as a fictional enactment of desire and identity that is performed through acts of writing and reading. No prior knowledge of Japanese language or literature is required.
Course was offered Spring 2017, Fall 2013
JPTR 5210The Tale of Genji (3.00)
This course is devoted to an in-depth examination of Japan's most renowned work of literature and the world's first novel. Topics covered will include: material culture (architecture, clothing, gardens); political and social history; gender and class; marriage customs; poetry and poetics; the arts (music, perfume, painting, etc.); and religious beliefs (in particular spirit possession) among others.
Course was offered Fall 2014, Fall 2011
Latin
LATI 3090Introduction to Mediaeval Latin (3.00)
Selections of Mediaeval Latin prose and verse. For more details on this class, please visit the department website at http://www.virginia.edu/classics/.
Course was offered Spring 2016, Fall 2013, Fall 2011
LATI 5050Latin Paleography. (3.00)
Studies scripts and book production from antiquity to the Renaissance. For more details on this class, please visit the department website at http://www.virginia.edu/classics/.
Course was offered Spring 2014
Middle Eastern Studies
MEST 2600Major Dimensions of Classical-Medieval Arab-Islamic Civilization (3.00)
Introducing the cultural dimensions of Classical and Medieval Arab-Islamic Civilization (600-1400 CE). We will study how Arabs approach their worldly life and pleasures through literature; organize their social domain by ethical-law; construct their spirituality and worldview through religion; react to nature by science; and attempt to resolve the internal and external inconsistencies of their culture through theology, philosophy and mysticism.
Course was offered Fall 2014, Fall 2013
Medieval Studies
MSP 3801Exploring the Middle Ages (3.00)
Discussion and criticism of selected works of and on the period. Taught by different members of the medieval faculty.
MSP 4801Seminar in Medieval Studies (3.00)
Offered
Spring 2017
For advanced students dealing with methods of research in the field. Taught by different members of the medieval faculty.
Persian
PERS 3230Introduction to Classical Persian Literature (3.00)
A comprehensive, historical introduction to Persian poetry and prose from the 10th to the 18th centuries. Emphasizing the history and development of Persian poetry and prose, this advanced-level language course introduces various formal elements of Persian literary tradition. It analyzes literary texts and explores the linguistic structure, fine grammatical points, and syntactic intricacies of classical Persian. Prerequisite: PERS 2020 or equivalent, or instructor permission.
Persian in Translation
PETR 3210Persian Literature in Translation (3.00)
Reading from the works of major figures in classical Persian literature, especially Rudaki, Ferdowsi, Khayyam, Attar, Mowlavi, Sa'adi, and Hafez, as well as the most important minor writers of each period. Emphasizes the role of the Ma'shuq (the beloved), Mamduh (the praised one), and Ma'bud (the worshiped one) in classical verse, as well as the use of allegory and similar devices in both prose and verse. Taught in English.
Course was offered Fall 2011
PETR 3559New Course in Persian Translation (1.00 - 4.00)
Offered
Spring 2017
This course provides the opportunity to offer a new topic int he subject area of Persian Translation
Philosophy
PHIL 2110History of Philosophy: Ancient and Medieval (3.00)
Survey of the history of philosophy from the Pre-Socratic period through the Middle Ages. For more details on this class, please visit the department website at http://www.virginia.edu/philosophy/.
PHIL 3140History of Medieval Philosophy (3.00)
Offered
Spring 2017
Examines the continued development of philosophy from after Aristotle to the end of the Middle Ages. For more details on this class, please visit the department website at http://www.virginia.edu/philosophy/.
Course was offered Spring 2017, Spring 2013, Fall 2010
Politics-Comparative Politics
PLCP 4260Origins of Legal Systems (3.00)
Political scientists and economists have explored the importance of legal systems for economic and political development, especially for property rights and institutions. But the causal logic of such theories is marred by a poor understanding of the origins and preconditions of legal systems. Course compares the historical origins of common and civil law traditions in medieval Europe, to offer better microfoundations for these theories.
Course was offered Fall 2016, Fall 2014, Spring 2012
Politics-Political Theory
PLPT 3010Ancient and Medieval Political Theory (3.00)
Offered
Spring 2017
Studies the development of political theory from Greek antiquity through the medieval period.
Religion-African Religions
RELA 3900Islam in Africa (3.00)
Historical and topical introduction to Islam in Africa. Cross-listed as RELI 3900. Prerequisite: RELA 2750, RELI 2070, RELI 2080, or instructor permission.
Course was offered Spring 2016, Spring 2014, Fall 2011
Religion-Christianity
RELC 1220New Testament and Early Christianity (3.00)
Studies the history, literature, and theology of earliest Christianity in light of the New Testament. Emphasizes the cultural milieu and methods of contemporary biblical criticism.
RELC 2050The Rise of Christianity (3.00)
This course traces the rise of Christianity in the first millennium of the Common Era, covering the development of doctrine, the evolution of its institutional structures, and its impact on the cultures in which it flourished. Students will become acquainted with the key figures, issues, and events from this formative period, when Christianity evolved from marginal Jewish sect to the dominant religion in the Roman Empire.
RELC 3045History of the Bible (3.00)
The history of the formation, transmission, translation, forms and uses of the Christian Bible from the 1st to the 21st century.
Course was offered Spring 2013, Spring 2012
RELC 3181Medieval Christianity (3.00)
Studies the development of Christianity in the Middle Ages and how it reflected upon itself in terms of theology, piety, and politics. Cross-listed as HIEU 3181.
Course was offered Spring 2015
RELC 3200Medieval Church Law (3.00)
Surveys the origins and development of the law of the Christian Church, the canon law, from its origins to its full elaboration in the 'classical period', 1140-1348. Readings and exercises from original sources will focus on general principles of the law, using marriage law as the particular case.
RELC 3231Reformation Europe (3.00)
Surveys the development of religious reform movements in continental Europe from c. 1450 to c. 1650 and their impact on politics, social life, science, and conceptions of the self. Cross-listed as HIEU 3231.
RELC 3240Medieval Mysticism (3.00)
Introduces the major mystical traditions of the Middle Ages and the sources in which they are rooted.
RELC 3270Salvation in the Middle Ages (3.00)
Studies four topics in medieval Christian thought: How can human beings know God? How does Jesus save? How does grace engage free will? How does posing such questions change language? Authors include Athanasius, Irenaeus, Augustine, Pseudo-Dionysius, Anslem, Aquinas, Bernard of Clairvaux, Julian of Norwich, Martin Luther, and some modern commentators.
RELC 3610Female Saints in the Western Tradition (3.00)
This course is a study of the lives of female saints from the early Christianity through the present. The course focuses on the theological writings of female saints as well as exploring the cultural/historical importance of canonization. Prerequisite: one religious studies course.
RELC 5551Seminar in Early Christian Thought (3.00)
Intensive consideration of a selected issue, movement or figure in Christian thought of the second through fifth centuries. Prerequisite: RELC 2050 or instructor permission.
Course was offered Spring 2014, Fall 2010, Spring 2010
RELC 5685Orthodoxy and Heresy in Early Christianity (3.00)
This seminar traces the making of Christian 'orthodoxy' in Late Antiquity. Our focus will be debates concerning the doctrines of God and Christ, which we will place in their historical, philosophical and exegetical contexts. Our study is informed by the move in modern scholarship towards anti-essentialist notions of orthodoxy and heresy, and so we will be attentive to the myriad ways in which early Christians sought to authorize their own views.
Course was offered Fall 2014
Religion-Islam
RELI 2070Classical Islam (3.00)
Studies the Irano-Semitic background, Arabia, Muhammad and the Qur'an, the Hadith, law and theology, duties and devotional practices, sectarian developments, and Sufism.
RELI 3110Muhammad and the Qur'an (3.00)
Systematic reading of the Qur'an in English, with an examination of the prophet's life and work. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
RELI 3900Islam in Africa (3.00)
Historical and topical introduction to Islam in Africa. Cross-listed as RELA 3900. Prerequisite: RELA 2750, RELI 2070, RELI 2080, or instructor permission.
Course was offered Spring 2016, Spring 2014, Fall 2011
RELI 5559New Course in Islam (3.00)
This course provides the opportunity to offer a new course in the subject of Islam.
Religion-Judaism
RELJ 3100Medieval Jewish Thought (3.00)
This course introduces the medieval Jewish intellectual tradition (9th-13th centuries) in its cultural and historical context. We will explore key themes such as the nature of God, prophecy, exile, the status of Scripture, the history of religions, and the quest for spiritual perfection. Readings will be drawn from philosophical, theological, exegetical, pietistic and mystical texts, including works from Saadia Gaon, Judah Halevi, and Maimonides.
Course was offered Spring 2016
RELJ 3300The Jewish Mystical Tradition (3.00)
Historical study of the Jewish mystical tradition, emphasizing the persistent themes of the tradition as represented in selected mystical texts.
Course was offered Spring 2014
South Asian Literature in Translation
SATR 6700Medieval Indian Literature: Vernacular and Bhakti Revolution (3.00)
This course explores the classic authors and texts of the Indian pre-modern literary period 700 - 1650 CE, which saw the rise of devotional Hinduism, the arrival of Islam in India and its fundamental influence on Indian literature, and the use of vernacular - regional languages in literature.
Spanish
SPAN 3400Survey of Spanish Literature I (Middle Ages to 1700) (3.00)
Offered
Spring 2017
Prerequisite: SPAN 3010 and 3300, or departmental placement.
SPAN 4210History of the Spanish Language II (3.00)
The course examines the development of the Spanish language through texts produced from the Middle Ages to the present day. The main goal will be the interpretation of individual texts as a source of linguistic data and the analysis of language in its cultural, social and historical context. Including texts from Latin American and Spain, the commentary will cover the analysis of phonological, grammatical and lexical aspects. Prerequisites: SPAN 3000 or SPAN 3200
SPAN 4400Spanish Literature from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance (3.00)
Prerequisite: SPAN 3010, 3300, and 3 credits of 3400-3430, or departmental placement
SPAN 4702Islam in Europe: Muslim Iberia (3.00)
An introduction to Islam and a cultural history of al-Andalus (Muslim Iberia) from the year 711 until the expulsion of the Moriscos-Muslims converted, often forcibly, to Christianity-from early modern Spain in 1609. Prerequisite: SPAN 3010, 3300, and 3 credits of 3400-3430, or departmental placement
SPAN 4704Islamic Iberia (3.00)
An introduction to Islam and the cultural history of al- Andalus (Islamic Iberia) from 711 until the expulsion of the Morsicos from early modern Spain in 1609. Prerequisite: SPAN 3010, 3300, and 3 credits of 3400-3430, or departmental placement.