History and Art History
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

HIST 642: Humanism and the Renaissance

HIST 642-001: Humanism and Renaissance
(Spring 2018)

04:30 PM to 07:10 PM M

Research Hall 201

Section Information for Spring 2018

This course examines some of the older as well as most recent interpretations of the European Renaissance (ca. 1350-1520). We shall begin with a look at humanism, which formed the intellectual foundation of the Renaissance, then turn to the various ways in which scholars have interpreted and re-interpreted this period ever since Jacob Burckhardt’s classic interpretation of the nineteenth century. Readings will be divided between primary and secondary sources. We shall read contemporary texts by authors such as Leon Battista Alberti, Niccolò Machiavelli, Giorgio Vasari, and Baldesar Castiglione among others. We shall also pay especial attention to how recent social, cultural, and art historians have both destroyed and reinforced various parts of the Burckhardtian paradigm.

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Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

The Renaissance as a unique period in European cultural history from ca. 1350 to 1520. Concentrates on Italian situation as standard, with consideration given to manifestations of Renaissance in northern Europe, especially Germany, until Reformation. Focuses on recent studies of political, social, intellectual, and religious changes. Students write class reports and a larger bibliographic paper. May not be repeated for credit.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Lecture

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